Wednesday, December 29, 2010


I went in to Hahndorf to do the tourist thing, pretty much just walk up and down the street and check out the shops. Stopped in at Pot Belly Pie’s “Voted best in SA” and had a scallop/bacon pie and it was indeed delicious and it was the best in SA because it was the only one I’ve had so far!!!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Day

On Christmas day Margaret and Peter made breakfast and dinner and snacks all day which was all great food! In the picture is myself the Bec(Megan’s friend), Emma(Megan’s sister), Margaret and Megan. Peter is taking the picture. Emma, who I had never ever met before, even brought me a present to unwrap on Christmas which was very thoughtful. It was a chocolate bar!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Kirby Park Stud farm

Not far from Adelaide, the farm is in Hahndorf, which was a german settlement back in the day, now the whole town is like a tourist attraction. Megan Jones, who own’s the farm, won a silver medal at the beijing olympics in the 3-day eventing courses.
I was shown the feeding schedule and other small jobs regarding the upkeep of the horses on the property, between 40-50 of them!!! There are 6 mares with brand new baby fouls, which are so cute!  My new home was a trailer which is very nice and has everything that I need.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Back to Adelaide YHA

I spent two days at the hostel and a couple friends I had met a few weeks ago had gotten jobs were still there so we hung out and I was weighing my options on what I should do next and decided to give the HELPX a go. There was a horse farm that needed help over the holidays while their staff went home, so I rang them up and she said she would pick me up the next day!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Had to leave Judy's

John, Judy’s husband, received a phone call from his sisters who said they were coming the next day to stay with them over the holidays. So she asked me leave so she could give them the spare room, and of course I said it wasn’t a problem. So I packed up my things and went on my way!!! 

Monday, December 6, 2010

The beach!

A picture of Aldinga beach where I’ve been running most days.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Another K1 Winery pic

K1 Winery and Kangaroo's

Linda and I went to an amazing winery named K1 and had a tasting and a little platter of nibbles, afterwards we went to Warrawong Kangaroo and Wildlife Park. I got some great pics with some Kangaroo’s giving me high fives. On our way back we stopped in at another winery named Lazy Ballerina for another tasting.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

More chillin!

3rd day in a row got up and hit the beach, got back, had a shower and then had a nap for a couple of hours. Well, big mistake because I have still not heard the end of it!!!! Old Man!!!!  After it was a nice lazy sunday just chill’n out!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Just chillin

I got up again and went walking believe it or not, Later Linda and I went to town for the day, checked out the mall, bought a fish for her empty fish tank at the pet shop and rented a few movies. John and Judy’s grandkids and some of their friends came over so Linda made me “tea” at her house and we watched a couple movies.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Winery tour and beers at Victoria hotel

I woke up bright and early to go walking with the girls this morning, it’s a very nice walk they do. Afterwards John and I put up 4 sets of very nice wooden venetian blinds in Linda’s house. In the afternoon Linda took me out to a couple of winery’s for some tastings at Mclaren Vales, where there are many world renowned winery’s!!!, There are about 68 cellar doors where you can go and taste the wines for FREE!!!! In about 3 hours we only went to 3 winery’s and I was feeling pretty good. Linda was driving so she just had a little sip of her’s then gave the rest to me. Then she took me up to a great bar on the side of the “hills” that overlooks Aldinga beach and the other little towns called the “Victoria Hotel” and we enjoyed a beer and the great views. Then we went back to Judy’s for “tea”, Aussie for “dinner”???

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Settling in

Every Morning Judy and Linda walk about 6 km’s down the beach and back at 7:30.
I tried to wake up and go with them but I could just couldn’t get out of that comfy bed. Judy and I hung out around the house and I got settled in. 

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Off to Judy's at Aldinga Beach

I caught the train to Wallunga station and there was Judy, I was so glad to see her!!!
She took the scenic ocean way home to Aldinga Beach even though it was raining and cloudy out. I couldn’t wait to see it on a sunny day, and I didn’t have to wait long! See introduced me to her husband John who is just as great as she is, she took me to my room which is HUGE with a comfy queen bed and own sink right in the room. Went and hung out in the garage with John and we drank some of his home brewed beer!!!! Sweet!!! Talked about fishing and golf!!! Sweet!!! Made some great fish and chips for dinner!!! Sweet!!! Their pretty 28 year old neighbor Linda from across the street came over and we met, had some great red wine, Sweet!!! And had the best sleep of my vacation yet!!!! OH SO Sweet!!!! 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Too many hot days to go out again!!!!

Again it was blistering hot out, 37 degrees!!! I had my six dorm room all to myself so I stayed in my aircon room pretty much all day and got my hockey fill by watching highlights from the whole season so that was a great day!!! Later that night called Judy from the cruise and we came up with a plan for me to catch the train and she would meet me at the station and pick me up tomorrow, so that was great!! 

Monday, November 22, 2010

Torrens River park picnic

Another 35 degree day so we all had enough sun the day before so Yael, Nafer and Simon from Scotland went to the park and had a picnic. We found a nice big tree and  the girls and I sat in the shade while Simon “wanted a tan” and sat in the blistering sun with a long sleeve shirt and pants??? I asked him how exactly he was going to achieve this “tan” with clothes on and he said the world wasn’t ready to see such a pasty white body!!!!hahaha. It was a nice relaxing day chilling out in the park!!!  Later on that night we went out for chinese and for the 1st time ever I ate my whole meal with chop sticks so I was very impressed with myself!!! Afterwards we went to the bar where I met the great Aussies who took me surfing they were not there but it was amateur night it you want to call it that because everyone who got up there was very talented and rocking it!!!  For a Monday night the place was just packed, you’d think it was a Saturday night, but apparently every night is party night “down under”. 

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Glenelg Beach

Caught a tram to and went to Glenelg beach for a day in the 35 degree heat, so hot!!! with Yael and Nafer, from Israel, and Nicole and Lenard, from Germany. The tram stopped 2 stops short so we had to walk but that was ok because the Christmas parade was on so we got to see Santa. They had their parade on Nov 21 which I thought was a little early, but I would expect nothing else from these crazy Aussies, hahaha. We had a great day at the beach!!! as you can see!!!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Surfing at Middleton Beach

Got to bed about 3 am and they said they would pick me up between 8:30-9am. I crawled out of bed and down to the lobby, passed out on the couch for a half hour and then they showed up Tom, Kate, Amber, and Ben. We headed south and they said we might see Kangaroo’s and sure enough we did, my 1st wild Kangaroo’s, 3 of them!!! They took me about an hour south of Adelaide, took me the scenic way to the surf spot between Port Elliot and Middleton on the south coast and I got up surfing for the 1st time ever, O YEAH!!!  it was so exciting and I was so pumped. Afterwards, they took the scenic coastal road to Port Elliot and went to the world famous bakery there and then to the Victor Harbour lookout which was very beautiful. After another very scenic drive back to Adelaide on there “one-way express way”??? Weird right, google it!! They dropped me off back at the hostel. Such very nice people the Australians are, especially these ones!!!
Except I left my sandals on in the picture and I look like a dork, haha!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Bike the Torrens River

About 14km’s to the beach down one of the nicest bike trails I’ve ever ridden on. Along the Torrens river the whole way down to the ocean where I could ride along the beach on the sand and the water was warm enough to swim comfortably so that was nice to have a swim and cool down a bit before heading back into town. What a great ride!!! Later that night a roomy of mine, Lenard, a great German guy went out for a couple beers to a bar down the street, so Lenard took off and I started chatting with some locals. After a few beers and some laughs, a couple, Amber, and Ben,
invited me to go surfing the next day!!!! how could I say no right!!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

FREE bike rental, Sweet!

Right by the hostel there was “Bicycle SA” where you could borrow a bike for free from 9 to 4:30, I found out about this later in the day after relaxing most the day. I took a bike out for around an hour and a half, went around town and down by the river for a little ride. The lady at the bike shop said I could go all the way to Henley Beach following the Torrens river to the ocean so I knew what I was doing the next day.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Adelaide Central YHA------Can't download new pics??????

So I ended up paying $38 for my ticket,$32 for my baggage and $15 because I was over by 1 kilo. So $85 to fly about 800km’s is pretty cheap I figure, right. I guess not everything is crazy expensive here!!
I checked in at Adelaide Central YHA, had a nap and went for a walk around the city.

Monday, November 15, 2010


So one more time not knowing where I was going to spend the night again!!!  The next morning I went to the maccas to use the internet to check out options for touring the great ocean road. One way relocation deals, tour bus deals, camper/car rentals, and landed on buying a plane ticket to Adelaide!!! The weather was not going to be the best and the ocean was still freezing so I decided to drive the ocean road in the summer when I could swim and surf, so I am going to have to learn how to surf in Adelaide. I had called Judy (the nice lady I met on the ship) the day before to tell her I was driving the ocean road and she said I could call her anytime I get there, maybe sooner now than I had told her the day before. I planned on staying on Kangaroo Island south of Adelaide, there’s a hostel there and a kangaroo refuge there I found on help x-change so will see what happens. I checked in at Melbourne Central for one last night cause it was right next to the bus terminal that goes to the airport.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Melbourne Oasis YHA

I figured I had better stay at Melbourne Oasis YHA before they close it down in the new year, I don’t know why cause they were fully booked the next night and gave me the boot. I decided I better start exercising again cause I hadn’t for far to long, so I went for a run in the park!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Melbourne Metro YHA

I went up to another hostel, Melbourne Metro YHA, which was nice but I was put in a room with 7 other guys. And I thought 5 other’s was stinky, WOW!!! Needless to say I got out of that room as fast as I could.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Melbourne (Blog's not letting my post new pics!!!)????

Thank goodness I bought that GPS because there was no way I ever could have made it to the car return place by looking at a map, and even the GPS wanted to take me down a one way street. I ended up walking to the hostel which was about 10 blocks away, and as I found out the GPS had a walking mode on it. I just put my stuff away and went for a walk around town. The restaurant next door had specials for $5 pizzas so that was a nice change, cheap food!!!
I was actually sitting in a Maccas checking e-mails and what not and a man and his wife seen my tattoo and asked where in Canada I was from, I said Kenora and mentioned the cruise and sure enough he came over on the same ship, small world eh!!! 
Melbourne has a free bus that takes you around the city where you can hop on, hop off at various stop all over which is great, cause free is great! I spent a day doing that checking the sights. Stop by the very impressive Victoria market which is supposed to be the biggest market of it’s kind in Australia. They also have a free city circle tram, so I got to ride on my first tram which was interesting. Fun fact: Melbourne has the biggest tram network in the world!!! Later on I went up the tower Eureka 88 which is the tallest viewing platform in the southern hemisphere.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Melbourne at night

I ended putting on about 1500km on the car during my travel’s, and I only caught my self driving on the right hand side of the road about three or four times which is pretty good I think. Mostly going really slow coming out of parking lots or trying to take pictures while driving!!! 


 Should have stayed longer on the island cause the day I drove into Melbourne it was like 28c and cooking, don’t get me wrong I’m not complaining one little bit. I love it!!! and Melbourne is a great city. 

Monday, November 8, 2010

Phillip Island

Drove to Phillip Island next and stayed for 2 nights, drove around the checked out the sights, world famous surfing beach, grand prix circuit, heritage farm, sea lions and others. I took this picture on Cape Woolamai surf beach with my tripod!! Wow, can you spot the tourist!!!!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Lakes Entrance

Continued down the coast to Lakes Entrance, weird name for a town but that’s exactly what it was! The entrance to a bunch of lakes.

Saturday, November 6, 2010


Drove father down the beautiful coast to Naromma the next day, the picture is out of the Maccas there, so nice!!!

Friday, November 5, 2010

My sweet ride!!!

There’s me in my sweet Toyota Corolla Hatchback at some nice little coastal town, between the Gong and Narooma.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Cliff side bridge

Between Sydney to Wollongong the was a cliff side bridge which was so cool!! 

Sydney rent-a-car, to the Gong.

I rented a car and drove south through the Royal National Park which was an amazing winding road through the jungle, made it to Wollongong(the Gong) and  slept my car in a Maccas (Ozzie for McDonalds) parking lot!! This picture is from the scenic lookout above the Gong.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Back to Sydney

I was told at Bondi to stay at Sydney harbour YHA and was glad I did, first off I got put in a co-ed room with some cute Swedish girls, bonus. And the room didn’t stink like 6 guys in a small room like the room in Bondi, double bonus!!! The girl at reception said I should go check out the hostels 1st birthday party. So I go down there(they were gonna have it on the roof but it was raining) and there is a giant tub filled with ice and free beer!!!! a bunch of snacks and hotdogs, it was great! I met alot of cool people, staff and backpackers. Afterward we went to the pub besides the hostel. 

Next day got switched rooms with a bunch of guys again, O man, one dude had the smelliest feet ever!!!Words cannot even explain! Walked across the harbor bridgeand back and then the Melbourne Cup was on and they literally shut down the city for a few minutes while the race takes place, it’s very big here. So I put $5 on “So you think”, the only horse I heard of on the news and a couple Ozzie’s I was with gave me a hard time about betting the favorite, whatever. My horse came in 3rd place and I lost my $5, they lost also.
Made me switch rooms again cause I am never trying to plan in advance at all, and apparently when you do this they have to toss you from room to room. Got ride of smelly feet dude at least, that night they were having a private party for tour guides and what not for the backpacker convention coming to town on the weekend, so myself and another fellow Canuck, Evan went up to try to get free beer again. At first they didn’t want to let us in but we said we were Canadian backpackers and that’s all it took!!! And the owner told us not to tell anybody else. So 2 out of 3 nights I  got free beer at this hostel, best hostel ever!!!  This picture was off the roof of the hostel!!!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Surfing Pic

Not actually surfing though!!! Tried to rotate pic, wouldn't let me!

Friday, October 29, 2010

To Bondi Beach

Had to get out of the big city and relax a little so I headed to Bondi Beach for three days, very beautiful beach. Luckily enough I had great weather to soak up the rays for a couple days. The Bondi Beach house YHA was great, very laid back and relaxed, met some other fellow backpackers and partied at a club called the circus, did halloween at kings cross with some cute girls from Canada. I gave surfing a go with no success, but I am blaming the small board I was given and no wetsuit like the hundreds of surfers around me were wearing and looking at me thinking “silly tourist”. Seriously, that water was very cold, I’m surprised I even got in!!!! It is definitely harder than it looks, but I will try again and I WILL SURF, or just try really hard and fail again!!!!or just take a lesson like everyone is telling me to do!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

6th day, Start of the solo adventure!!!

Mom left this morning, surprisingly with minimal tears shed cause I think she had so many small bouts of crying over the last week she didn’t have any left, haha!!! 
So I hopped on the train and went to Sydney Central YHA for my first hosteling experience, not sure exactly what to expect I opened the door to my room and there are two like 65 year old men in there, so that was a bit of a shocker!!! I met a few nice people there but had enough of the city for now!!! That's me in front of my first hostel.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

5th day, Sydney tower

On Mom’s last day we went up the Sydney tower, but I couldn’t talk her into doing the skyline walk on the outside of the tower, after we went down we got to go on a Australian Adventure ride where the seats move to the screen and Mom was the only one screaming, go figure right!! Then we decided to go for a walk through the botanical gardens which led to Sydney opera house, so we got a close look at it. On our way back through the gardens we seen the hundreds,maybe thousands of massive bats hanging in the trees, they are like the size of a house cat, seriously!!!! 
We ended up getting back to the hotel with very sore feet after trekking around all day, but it was worth it. Then off to the hotel near the airport hotel.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

4th day, Monorail

We bought day pass tickets for the monorail and cityrail systems, we went out to the end of the city on the cityrail and really saw nothing but the burbs at the end, we went back to the Sydney fish market and got burned $16 for 8 pieces of shrimp!!!!!!!, they were good but not mind blowing. Anyway, we went back to darling harbour where there are a lot of touristy things to do, and would you believe it, I finally met someone with the same name as me, except they were a restaurant. Jordons seafood restaurant. So we had a beer in my restaurant and continued on around the harbour. And there it was, the worlds biggest Imax theatre, playing Hubble 3D. Imax in 3D is amazing and everyone should see it. Afterwards we rode the monorail around the loop and walked through Chinatown back to the hotel.

Monday, October 25, 2010

3rd day, Blue Mountains

Woke up early and had the breakfast buffet for $18 each!!!!, which was terrible to boot. Oh well, live and learn. Got on the bus, there were 14 of us and had a great tour guide, John, who was very friendly and informative. We stopped by the olympic stadium and then to a wildlife park where we were able to actually pet koala’s and pet and feed kangaroo’s and get chased by emu's (those big birds just scare me!!!) Then about an hour drive inland to the mountains where we rode 3 great rides at Scenic World, the skyway, the railway, the cableway and went walking through the forest on the walkway!!! The railway is the steepest incline Railway in the world, very cool! We headed back to the olympic park to hop on a river cat ferry boat that took us back to Sydney harbour down the river and under the harbour bridge. We all went for   dinner and said bye to the girls. Another great day!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

2nd day, Walk about!!!

We said our goodbye’s to Vincent and Monica and got to our Travelodge hotel, which was incomparable to our last night’s stay. The weather was not so good so we just walked around and checked out the city a bit, and found St Mary's Cathedral , the most amazing church I have ever seen!!! Then we found the world of underground malls which just goes on forever it seems. At the end of the day we ran into two great ladies off the ship, Dorci and Amber,staying at our hotel. We all decided to do the Blue Mountain Tour the next day.

1st night in Sydney

Off to the Shaigra-la hotel where Lindsey and Carissa were staying, they said we could stay with them but that wasn’t our style. We all chilled in there room, had a bottle of champaign and watched the ship sail away back for North America. Off to king’s cross for a bite to eat, we settled for a little mexican joint because every nice restaurant was crazy expensive (as with everything in Sydney as we were going to find out). So off to the club, and the sign reads “Live”and wait for it.................
”Clubbing With Balls”.    We had heard a few rumors that Oxford St was the gay part of town and everything we heard was very true. We get to the door and the guy instantly say’s to us ”you don’t belong here” and were like “I know” but we explained that the DJ was expecting us and had a table reserved for us and actually got us a deal on the cover charge. So here we go my first gay bar, and as far as I am concerned, my last. I won’t go to great detail about it, but as the night went on, more clothes came off!!! So we stayed until DJ JT played a few songs, said our goodbye’s and got out of there. Outside we said goodbye to Edmond and Sarah, then went back to have a very comfy sleep (yeah right!!!)back at our hostel, I mean hotel!!! 

Saturday, October 23, 2010

1st Day in Sydney

We all managed to get off the ship pretty well, but Mom and I still had no place to stay because everything was booked or 600 dollars a night!!!! Vincent and Monica said we could stay with them in there hotel, or hostel!!!! There were actually 8 of us who put there luggage in there room which was a big a most people’s bathroom’s!!! On the 3rd floor with no elevator’s, to funny, what a mission appropriate to continuing our crazy adventure we were calling a vacation. So we managed to get the luggage in the room and off to the zoo the 4 of us went cause we wanted to see koala’s and kangaroo’s the other 4 went to try to find a hostel to stay in. When we got to the kangaroo’s, one of them was passed out against the fence with it’s legs in the air!!!  Oh man, we laughed hard. When we got to the koala’s we were lucky cause they were actually jumping around and stuff which you don’t see often cause they sleep like 22 hours a day! Back to the hotel(hostel) to get ready to go out, Mom stayed in the room cause she was tuckered out, and it’s probably a good thing she did!!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Last night on the ship

I actually won another ticket to eat at the steakhouse during the James Bond night at the casino with a raffle ticket during the trip. So we ate here for our last dinner and I ordered the 22oz porterhouse, the biggest steak I ever ate, and I almost ate the whole dang thing!!! We had a great last night saying our goodbye’s and reminiscing of great times had on the trip. Some of us were going to spend the next day together and go out on the town in Sydney to a club that the DJ on the ship was going to DJ at the next night “LIVE” on oxford street. Little did we know??????

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Last formal night!!!!!!!!

We had our last formal night and I’m sure it was Edmond who had the great idea to go to the main lobby(atrium) where they take the formal pictures in our shoes, socks, underwear and ties!!!!!!! The ladies wore there bikinis!!!! The only ones brave enough were the five of us, Edmond, Sarah, Monica and Vincent. Oh my goodness, we will definitely be remembered on the ship for that stunt, and the professional pictures turned out really well though. We DID get dressed properly afterwards and go to dinner.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Dang weather

The ship was supposed to sail through the Fjord land national park which we missed due to poor weather, captain Nick said it was just too windy to make it safely into the channel. We were obliviously disappointed, but SAFTY FIRST right!!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


The two of us went on a double decker coach bus tour of the city, got to see the world’s steepest residential street and went on a tour of the Speight’s brewery and had some more fish and chips that make the top 3 list for sure!!! I don’t have pictures from this day either, don’t know why, thought I downloaded all of the from her camera. So I put a picture of the balloons in the theatre before the crew talent show!!

Monday, October 18, 2010


Vincent, Monica, Mom and I went horseback riding in the Mountains of Christchurch, which was the nicest place I have ever been riding. The owner let me take his horse “Big Red” and said I should feel privileged because only like 5 other people have gotten to ride him, and he almost tossed me off a number of times when I would get him to run. I managed to stay on and we all had a great day, with great weather!!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010


The weather wasn’t on our side this day but we just when to the famous Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa Tongarewa, which was very cool but I didn’t download the pic’s from that day for some reason?
That night we went to Sabetini’s restaurant with the prize from survivor( usually $20 a head) and we had lobster and shrimp and wow were we full when we left. Best meal on the ship by far.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Auckland, New Zealand

What can I say but, WOW!!! Five of us (Edmond, Sarah, Lindsey and Woody) just had plans to just bungee jump. Instead we did the “Extreme 3 Adventure” where we jumped off the 192 meter Sky tower at 85 k/m hour, bungie jumped off the Auckland bridge, and went for a ride in a America Cup Sailboat. Afterwards we stopped at a local pub and had some beer and some of the best buffalo wings we had ever tasted, we ended up running to the ship cause we were already running late and the guy playing guitar decided to play “free falling” by Tom Petty so we had to stay and sing and dance to it, right? So tummy’s full of beer and chicken wings we sprinted to the ship, not a good idea but we all made it safe and sound and drunk. Another great and very memorable day.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Rough sea’s

Between Fiji and New Zealand the swells in the ocean were very big and a lot of people were getting seasick. The picture I took was off of deck 7 and the splashes from the front were going higher than that.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Suva, Fiji

After our last day off the ship, we thought we would just take it easy and go to the beach in Fiji with four others(Lindsey,Carissa,Marie and Terry), it took about an hour to get there, we sat on the beach for about a half hour then it rained for the entire rest of the day, oh well. We ordered some food and drank some local fijian beer.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Another day@sea

I had a silver medal, and was the soul survivor, but didn’t get a gold medal yet so luckily enough I got my chance with one last round of pool games. Ping pong bucket toss, another scavenger hunt and it was all tied up and one last pool relay where we had to paddle a life saver back and forth and it was close at the end but our team pulled it out and won the gold, Oh yeah!!!

This night we crossed the international dateline, we were going from 10-09-10 to 10-11-10and we could not say we missed the day 10-10-10, so we dedicated 30 minutes to 10-10-10 and DJ JT played 30 songs, so we did 30 shots in 30 minutes. Beer and wine, not hard liquor, it was a 30 minute day we’ll never forget.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Apia, Western Samoa

V’s (Vincent) sketchy tour

This day we got of the ship, ran into some friends and rented a taxi-van, 7 of us.(Vincent, Monica, Edmond, Sarah, Steph, Mom and myself.At the last minute V tells this 75 year old couple to come with us in an effort to reduce the price per person, they didn’t know what they were getting them selfs into I’m sure. We went to a famous arthur’s house which I forget the name of??? we went on a little nature trail hike in the bush behind the house to a little waterfall. Then we drove up the mountain for quite a while to a real waterfall, Papapapaitai Falls, which was just amazing. Then we were off again down the other side of the mountain, near the bottom the van started to smell and the breaks were smoking. So he pulled over at a nature trail that lead to nowhere and all we did was get hot and sticky and saw bush!!! So off again to try and find the mystical “Paradise Cove” that V just had to find so he asked the cabbie to go down this sketchy side road that no one wanted to go down, even the cabbie!! But he talked him into it and he went down, sure enough it goes to to the water and a gorgeous little beach. We walk down the beach and get to this beautiful cove surrounded by rocks, words can’t really describe how great it was, to us it was definitely “Paradise Cove”. So we are walking back to the van and I look behind and a guy with a machete is walking with V along the beach, he comes to the van and tells us he owns Paradise Cove and wants five dollars per person for going there!!! So we say no way cause there are no signs saying private beach and the cabbie and local machete guy start arguing and next thing you know he jumps in the front seat with V in the middle, we never heard him so quite!! The guy takes us to this house and the old man with us gets out to go to the bathroom and was gone for like fifteen minutes, so we were all getting a little worried but he made it back safe and we ended up paying twenty dollars for the beach, so that was alright. Next we drove along the coast where the tsunami hit not long ago and there was still a lot of destruction from it. Our last stop was a little restaurant right on the beach, we had the fish and chips which was local tuna and it was one of the best fish and chips we ever had!!! (but we hadn’t been to New Zealand yet!!) We ran into others off the ship and had a swim and just chilled out for a while. We should have left a little earlier because we were running a little late and our cabbie was driving like a madman on the way back to the ship, and we were all getting worried cause we were very far from the boat and then V starts yelling at the cabbie “David, how much longer, how much longer David ” and we are are like “shut up V and just let him drive”. We made it back with about 5 minutes to spare and we had never seen old people move as fast as those two did to get on that ship. We had so many great laughs that day and I’m laughing right now just writing about it!!! 

Thanks for a great adventure V.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Pago Pago, American Samoa

Not such good weather here for the most of the morning and afternoon, but it did clear up enough for us two go for a swim at GARBAGE BEACH(see the tire in the background), it was a nice beach, but garbage just kept on washing ashore. They actually had a guy there full time walking back and forth picking it up. You could sit on the beach, but if you went in the ocean, they tried to charge you 5 dollars. There was an crew member off the ship who went in the water, cut his foot, came hobbling out with a gash on his foot and blood all  over with this lady trying to make him pay 5 dollars for using the water, HILARIOUS!!!  He was alright and we had some good laughs with that one.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

3rd Formal

The girls gave Mom another makeover and we had a blast that night up in the disco partying with captain Nick!!!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Bora Bora

The long awaited Bora Bora, and it didn’t disappoint. We managed to get off the ship on one of the first of the tender boats and jumped right in line to rent a race car buggy. The minute we jumped in the most expensive rental car on the island it started to rain, thank goodness it lasted only minutes and the sun came out in full force for the rest of the day(whewwww!!!) We ended driving around the island twice because we had the time, stopping at famous Bloody Mary’s and beautiful beaches along the way. Back on the rear of the ship in the hot tub and pool we had one of the most scenic sail away’s ever. Bora Bora I will return!!!someday!!!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Partyete (Papeete)

Tahitian dancers came aboard and performed for us and then the party group got together for a clubbing night in Partyete. Had a blast at the club, about 80% of the club were crew from the ship because they don’t get to stopover at night very often.
The next day we just walked around town and marveled at the 50 million dollar, largest sailboat in the world, it’s masts were just as tall as our ship, very impressive. So after we got back on the boat I had the survivor finally at the sail away party, and the challenge was who ever could get the knots out of a t-shirt which had been soaked in water and put in the freezer the previous night!!! and put the shirt on first. In front of a crowd of hundreds, I was named the SAPPHIRE PRINCESS SURVIVOR.

Sunday, October 3, 2010


Rented a buggy and had a absolute blast bugging around the whole island in the sunshine, the weather turned against us in the afternoon, but that didn’t stop us from keeping on keeping on. Up to the mountain lookout where it was a little chili cause it was so high up the mountain, took a couple pics a down we went!!! Returned the buggy just in time to have a local beer and hop on the ship. We left for papette to arrive that night at 8pm.

Friday, October 1, 2010

4 more days@sea

All tied up, the Olympics resumed after being postponed 2 days due to bad planning of the cruise director, so it all came down to a pool relay,,,,,,,,,,
which the Killer Whales(which was our team name) LOST!!!!! against (little minnows or something), seeing how there was only two teams there was no bronze so we had to settle for silver. Oh well, better luck next time!!!
Our second formal night some sweet Aussie girls we met gave Mom a makeover and she looked great with straight hair all dolled up, she had guys hitting on her left and right all night.
Had a couple late nights with some friends we had met, and even Mom stayed out for a couple. And most of the friends I had made were all just calling her MOM too, it was great. We also met a nice lady, Angie,  who adopted me as her nephew and mom her sister, and she even lives in Ontario.
Crossed the equator for the first time in my life(even got a certificate for it!!!) and had a big celebration on board where people had to kiss fish and get syrup and flour dumped on them( Oh dang I missed that one).
What else, Oh Yeah, the beginning of the Princess Survivor Challenge, started with about 25-30 and after a challenging mental quiz, it was down to 16 of the brightest onboard!!!!! (I was about 13th or 14th to get in, HAHA) maybe it was only 20-25 to begin with!!!! So another team relay race, a water canon shooting into bucket, a different spoon diving event(where I received the spoon of immunity) Oh yeah!!! and it was down to six and it came down to a strength challenge where we had to hold out our arms with buckets of water and see who could hold them up the longest. So then there was two!!!! Bob and myself!!!  The two survivors were set to go head to head at the sail away party in a couple days.