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We are torn between the nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and the strange. More often than not, we are homesick for the places we have never known.

AKL -> HK -> LDN -> FRA-> ROME

Hello!  Sorry it has taken me so long to post ! Now  I have finally settled into the travelling lifestyle I will definitely post more regularly! So I will give a bit of a recap of my first week travelling and then hopefully each different place I go from now on I will provide an update as I do things.

Travels

I set off from Auckland  airport at about 11pm on Monday 30th of June. After finishing exams the week prior on the Wednesday and heading straight to Queenstown before arriving back in Auckland on the Sunday, packing was slightly hectic to say the least. Anyway I got there in the end with a bag weighing only 17kg ( for people who know how much I struggle to pack light this is  massive achievement!)   My mum  took the day off work to kindly help me sort everything out aswell and I could not have done it without her in such a short space of time so thankyou so much mum ! 

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Guy, who is also on exchange with me is also travelling around Europe so we flew over together which was nice, with the first leg being a nice 11 hour stint to  Hong Kong. The flight was pretty good apart from some psycho woman behind us who got into a massive argument with another woman behind us because I think the other woman was sat in her seat. Anyway, the whole thing was rather amusing although I couldn’t really understand what was happening half the time as the psycho lady was speaking in a Asian language which I did not understand . I thought I was going to experience my first in flight bust up and see if the those plane air marshall police actually do exist, especially when psycho  lady sat on the woman she believed to be sat in her seats lap ,but alas it was not to be.  After about 20 minutes the air hostess had managed to calm the situation down.

Hong Kong

Finally arrived in HK on the Tuesday morning with a 14 hour stop over giving Guy and I the chance to hit some sights and get a taste of the city. We caught the speed train into the city and headed towards the peak tram which would take us up the peak tower and give us a birds eye view of the HK.

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To be honest trying to  find  the peak tram was not a particularly fun experience. It’s not well signposted and I think I had overestimated the amount of people that would speak fluent english ( my fault entirely).  As we had a lot of time in HK to find the tram it would have been fine if it wasn’t so humid. Never have I felt so gross and sticky in my life. 100 percent humidity was really to much to handle.However after a few wrong turns , a few convo’s in broken english, myself and guy finally arrived at the tram.

(If you are visiting  the peak tram in the future I definitely advise going up there early as the ques by the time we got down around midday were extremely long)

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The tram ride itself and the view from the top was, despite the grossness of the humidity, definitely worth the wait. the tram takes about 10 minutes to get to the top during which time you get some truly spectacular views of the city. At the top there are also markets, shops , cafes and ice cream places if you want to spend more time.  There is also a  short walk that gives you even more views of the city and more opportunities to take photos. 

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Once Guy and I had finished with the tram we were dieing for a drink and some lunch. Again, I expected it to to be relatively easy to find somewhere to eat so hadn’t done any research, especially as I love asian food. However,  again we struggled to find somewhere to eat, although ending up in a pretty awesome salad bar it was kind of sad that we did not get to taste the local cuisine. If i ever visited again I would do more research to find some easily accessible good places to eat. 

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After having something to eat Guy and I were feeling  a little worse for wear after fragmented sleep on the first leg of our journey so we headed back to Hong Kong airport for a bit of relaxing and rest before our second leg to London Heathrow with a  but of transit in Frankfurt.  I pretty much attempted somewhat unsuccessfully to sleep the whole way, although the flight was much  pleasanter than the first leg. Upon finally arriving in london  at around 7 am on I caught the underground to LDN Euston station and set off on my familiar journey back to Macclesfield.

England

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I am staying at Mags and Duncans which is just opposite where I used to live in England and it was so nice to be back in familiar territory. I won’t bore you with the details as I was only there for  2 days and I have already written so much about a short period of time so better finish up this post soon . BUT  had such a amazing time catching up with friends and family and I will post more photos and details when I go back for 5 days at the end of my euro trip before heading to America. 

Germany

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So after being in England for 2 days on the Friday I headed off to begin my central European adventure. The first stop was a fleeting visit to Frankfurt in Germany mainly to visit my friend Maya who I met whilst she was in New Zealand whilst she was on exchange at my school.  Maya kindly collected me from the airport around 3 pm and took me to get a bite to eat in the main center before going to a stadium  to watch the world cup quarter final Germany v France.

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I am used to crazy English fans, but as England had unfortunately exited the world cup prematurely it was so nice to be able to be  amongst a country still hopeful and excited for progression in the competition. The atmosphere was  pretty electric especially at the end when Germany progressed to the semi final against Brazil. As I am typing this Germany are currently beating BRAZIL IN BRAZIL 7 -1  IN THE WORLD CUP SEMI FINAL…. Ridiculous.image

Anyway back to the point after the final I had a look around Frankfurt town and then headed back to Maya’s just to chill and spend some time with her. I went to bed at 11 and had to wake up at 230am to bus to the airport as I had booked a flight to Rome by accident from a different airport from the one I flew in from about 2 hours away. I managed to make it to the airport in time to fly to Rome and arrived bleary eyed and weary at 7 am. 

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From now on I will update much more regularly  and will provide  the first few days in Italy in my next post which will be much more exciting  to read  than documenting the beginning of my trip However, this is  much easier than writing everyone an individual email about what I have been up to so thought I best keep it fairly detailed.  I am currently writing this from the Italian coast which has been amazing and will pop a post up tomorrow with the highlights. 

Ciao 

Love Ellen x