A fluttery welcome to Lifou

We were greeted by hundreds, maybe thousands of black and white butterflies as we stepped off the boat at Easo, Lifou. This is supposedly a once-a-year occurrence that happens only on mating day. Highly unlikely that our ship designed its itinerary around this! (Look carefully at the picture above. The flurry black dots,primarily in the …

New Caledonia, France in the Pacific Ocean

Our first stop on “The Islands” is Noumea, New Caledonia. A country discovered by the British but soon claimed by the French. It played an important roll for the Allies during WWII and is the largest single landmass of the pacific islands we will be visiting. The first thing that struck me while entering NC …

Traveling with Allergies

Traveling with kids? Easy. Mealtime with kids? Not easy. Mealtime with kids — with allergies — while travelling? Nearly impossible. Kid #1 – Highly allergic to tree nuts, including pine nuts which is found in pesto. She’s a picky eater that doesn’t want anything spicy or any visible bits of tomato, onion or cabbage. Kid …

Cutting costs

A top question we are asked (second to how to “follow” the blog) is how we can afford this lifestyle? (To follow the blog you need to enter it on a computer, not a mobile phone, and press +follow. Just fill in your email address etc., confirm the address and there you go.) Well, it …

Mellow Melbourne

Yet another sea day has passed since we got to experience the Tasmanian wildlife and we are finally in Melbourne. After taking the tram from the port to the city, the intense pulse you find in metropolitan cities embraced us. Melbourne is a cool city, sort of the Barcelona of Australia. So far, in my …

Devils do exist!

After 3 long days at sea we finally set foot in Tasmania. The first day at sea was spent exploring the wonderful NZ fjordlands. Even if one has seen the Norwegian fjords, the NZ ones differ quite significantly and one should not exclude the other in terms of visitation. The other two sea days were …

Bright Star

It has been confirmed. The average age on the cruise ship is 74! Even higher than we thought. Traveling with our small kids that have their whole life in front of them and yet surrounded by people that have lived most of it kind of makes you think. When you are no longer lowering the …

Top ten at the gym

We boarded the ship in Auckland that will be our home for 4 weeks. When standing in line to board the ship I quickly realized that the average passenger age is probably around 70. Since I now always try to think positive, I told Melissa this means I will at least be among the top ten fittest at the gym. Its a nice feeling realy that I have not experienced since my low 20’s. Because of this new increased sense of self-importance I decided to start a workout program called Freeletics. It’s basically 4 times a week and you try to do it as fast as possible. Today, the day after my first encounter with freeletics, I cannot literally lift my arms and next time time at the gym will be a struggle to remain at the top since there are many 65 year olds that would love to be the cause of my fall…
The ship is great and we are very pleased that they do have healthy alternatives when it comes to food. First stop at mount Maunganui provided perfect weather and a great playground for the kids.

Piha Rescue lives up to the hype

We headed west yesterday to see the dramatic coastline (and winds) of the west. The entire east coast will be explored on our cruise and so we chose Piha beach which is known for its wild surfing and black sands. The beach is pretty incredible. I have visited other black-sanded “volcanic” beaches but Piha’s sand …