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Jan 15, 2017 - Jan 15, travel to Bangkok.

Sunday Jan 15th. Finally arrived in Bangkok after what seems like an eternity of travelling! Saturday started early as we attempted to reset our body clocks by getting up at 4am - well at least one of us did. The first four hours of the day turned out to be very stressful as first my computer appeared to have a catastrophic failure, and then for no reason at all I suddenly had a severe lower back spasm which saw me on all fours and unable to move. Thankfully the computer seemed to right itself after about two hours of the dreaded "blue...

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Jan 13, 2017 - The day before!

The time has finally come as we set off tomorrow morning for Thailand and Hong Kong. We are doing a ten day organised trip with G-Adventures, starting in Bangkok and making our way north to Chiang Mai where we have three days trekking in the villages and staying with the locals. After that we head to Hong Kong for a few days on our own before flying back home. This is a holiday we have looked forward to for some time, and if it is as good as the G-Adventure trip we did in India it is going to be fantastic.

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May 26, 2016 - Manchester

We slept quite well and woke around 6.00am. We then joined Xavier for breakfast in the hotel restaurant at 7.00am and planned our day. The first order of the day was a visit to the mall to pick up a few items, followed by a stop at a tanning salon to check out options for Barb prior to the competition. The walk to the mall took about 15 minutes - a good way to get the blood flowing. It was still very overcast with a thin veil of drizzle and it was a chilly 10 degrees, so no sign yet of the British summer. Barb picked up a few warm tops and...

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Thackers Go Fourth

May 25, 2016 - Getting There

Background: At the suggestion of their dance coach, Barb and her dance partner, Xavier, will be competing in the Senior Latin dance competition at Blackpool on Monday 30th June. Clearly it wasn't worth going that far without taking some time to visit some old haunts and discover some new ones. We therefore find ourselves setting off on our first long-haul flight for several years. Our itinerary will see us travelling on Singapore Airlines from Auckland to Manchester UK via Singapore and Munich. From Manchester we'll train to Blackpool, then...

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Thackers Go Fourth

Dec 25, 2015 - Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to everyone. We are spending a few days in Manchester with Julie and Giles getting used to being looked after! They have sorted the house brilliantly and made it feel very festive and have done us proud with a fabulous Christmas dinner. Giles' parents are here as well as his brother and family making it a real family gathering. It is a long time since we have spent Christmas with young children which is making it very special.

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Oct 3, 2015 - Adventure day 19 - Man City v Newcastle

We were up reasonably early this morning as we wanted to leave by 9.00am to head for Manchester. We are off to watch Man City v Newcastle today. Just before we left Coz sent me a message with some awesome news - the Eagles lost the GF............YAY!! Thanks for the good news Coz. I am now guessing all you Hawthorn supporters are intolerable - yes - you guys know who you are!! Again it is quite foggy and I am sure when it lifts it will be a lovely day - however I have learnt that the fog can hang around until 2 - 3 pm.............. We...

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Our European/UK Trip

Sep 10, 2015 - Adventure day 13 - Manchester MCFC Tour

I can't believe it is almost mid September - where has the time gone??? Today we have a reasonably early start as we are off to Manchester for MCFC ground tour. We must be all excited - we are all wearing Man City shirts - bahahaha. First stop though is the phone shop in Lincoln so George can drop her phone off to be fixed. They told her it just needs the screen to be replaced and it will only take half hour - so we decide to wait for it (she feels like her right arm is cut off - hehehehe). We call into the travel agent and get our final...

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Our European/UK Trip

Aug 30, 2015 - Adventure day 2 - Lincoln

Up at 5.00am to catch the 6.00am train to the airport - can't wait to get out of Copenhagen - so angry. The station at the airport arrives right at the terminal we need to be at - so off the train and up the elevator and bang - we are at check-in. Now here you have to self check-in and the machine spits out your boarding pass and luggage tags. Then you attach your luggage tags and take your section of the label. Then over to the bag drop area - and again it is all self-service............you put your luggage on the conveyor belt and scan...

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Our European/UK Trip

Apr 24, 2015 - Day 8. Barcelona to Manchester.

Day 8. 22/4/15. Up early and checked in at airport in plenty of time. Farewelled Barcelona by having hot chocolate and chorizo. Yum! Barcelona is the best city ever, even though we found all the cobblestones underfoot a tad rough to walk on all day! Don, I need to buy some safety pins to take in my pants..yeah!!! With some difficulty we had packed our wheeled carry case in port as they were 2cm bigger than legal size. Why do we always have to do the right thing? There were plenty of much bigger ones than ours allowed on the plane! Not a...

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Sep 10, 2014 - Wonderful English countryside

Left Glasgow for a short ride to the Scotland/England border to Gretna Green where long, long ago people who couldn't get permission to be wed in Scotland would go here to elope. The blacksmith usually was the witness. Wonderful little tourist trap but cute. First photo is at a farm we visited and saw regular farm animals but also these highland cattle. The family invites us all into their home for lunch. It was wonderful. Meat pies, salmon mouse, sausages and lots more plus sticky pudding, trifle and fruit merange. Off thru the English...

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Europe 2014

Mar 9, 2014 - I couldnt have done it without you!

I couldn’t have done it without you!! I had always intended to make this a solo RTW trip and if I’m honest the nearer it got to leaving, the more apprehensive I got. A single female travelling alone – would it be safe? I was going to countries where English was mainly spoken and to countries I had previously visited so I was ok about this – but it was travelling across the South Pacific I was worried about, and also about not being able to have someone with me to share the memories and the experience with. When Nanna passed away at the end...

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Feb 13, 2014 - The start of RTW1

After months and month of planning,, sorting flights and accommodation I can hardly believe that it's finally here. The start of what will be my first around the world trip. It started in. Style with a visit to the Emirates Business Class lounge to enjoy champagne and a full 3 course dinner - and this is before I have even stepped foot on my first plane! The business class section of my emirates flight to Dubai also meant that this leg of the trip was going to be a little special . It started with a glass of champagne and then a little...

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