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Rio Carnival: Merriment and Madness

Sufficient recovery time has now passed since Rio Carnival to attempt to transcribe my somewhat vague recollection of the whole thing. The closest thing I can describe the carnival to, in its affect on the body, mind and soul, is a debauched, drink-fuelled, five day music festival like Glastonbury or Oxegen in Ireland. Day one,…




Surfing, Raglan

Epic Road Trip NZ – Part 1

The plan was to head to Raglan with Jono and Nick, hang out with them for as long as they wished to stay, and for me to get a much needed job there. Jono would then chauffeur Nick around the rest of the island for the remainder of his vacation, and that would be that….




Raglan, Best Surfing Town in NZ?

Raglan wasn’t on my radar, in fact I had never even heard of it. Jono, Nick and I wanted to try our hand at surfing and Jono had heard that Raglan was a good place to do it. Nick is a new addition to our squad, Jono’s mate from back in Vancouver. We were also…




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Cape Reinga and Giant Te Paki Dunes

Cape Reinga is not quite the most northern point of New Zealand, North Cape’s Surville Cliffs hold this title by a smidgen, but it can lay claim to where an ocean and a sea meet, namely the Pacific and the Tasmin. Jono and I took turns driving there, three hours north of Paihia. They say…




Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui

Chaweng Beach, after the main port Nathon, is by far the largest and most populated area in Koh Samui. For some reason my brother and I have gravitated toward quite touristy areas on this trip. I guess when you’re travelling with a male close in age it changes the dynamic a little bit, especially as…




Full Moon Party?

It’s been several days since the full moon party. I was feeling a tad peaky this past while, not to mention incredibly lazy: a relatively recent development in my hangovers. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: those party buckets are poison, nothing short of it. Now I’m in the mood to muse,…




The Calm Before the Storm

Today we awoke early. This is part of the master plan. Going to full moon parties is like going into battle. One must prepare accordingly. After all, we’re not twenty two any more. We eschewed alcohol last night, partook of a hearty feast consisting of an all you can eat seafood barbeque (160 baht), and…




Night Snorkelling Trip, Railay

We had a lot of fun on the night snorkelling trip, even though it rained most of the time and the sunset didn’t happen. Well, it did of course, but since it wasn’t visible through the clouds, for all intents and purposes it didn’t. The rain didn’t dampen spirits, however, and everyone in the group…




Railay, Thailand

A couple of days was enough in Patong, in fact we decided we had had enough of Phuket. Time for some rest and relaxation. Where better than Railay beach? A four hour journey, including a forty minute long-tail boat journey over to this kind of two beached, peninsula kind of thingy, with a rock outcrop…




Patong – Odd Behaviour in a Toilet

Patong beach is the most touristy beach on the most touristy island in Thailand. It’s hot, dirty, smelly, overcrowded, and overpriced. On the plus side it’s got Bangla street, which is great if you want to party. The ladyboys there take it to a whole new level, and will leave any red blooded male questioning…