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Pamela Wade
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Paid to write about free travel: how cool is that?!
Paid to write about free travel: how cool is that?!

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A timely storm
How appropriate. There's a serious storm lashing the entire country today, with heavy rain, gales, tornados, and dazzling, house-shaking lightning - plus snow, further south. Fifty years ago on this date, there was an even bigger storm, when tropical cyclon...
A timely storm
A timely storm
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Not picking up a penguin
This is something they don't warn you about, when you go to Antarctica: that you get so used to seeing seals lying around just about everywhere, that when you're back home going about your business and catch a glimpse through the doorway of the bag of mulch...
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P&O Pacific Jewel - a small revelation
I don't know how it is that I've now got 17 cruises under my belt. I've never considered myself a cruiser and, though I wouldn't put myself into the same category as Geraldine who snorts with derision when she sees a cruise ship in the harbour and shrieks "...
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BM = Bitter Memory
I was writing about the Ghan the other day for a travel company's blog - incidentally, SO much better paid than writing for the newspapers these days, which is kind of a sadly vicious circle - and though it didn't get into the story, Bircher muesli was at t...
BM = Bitter Memory
BM = Bitter Memory
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Pining for the fiords (well, glaciers)
Yes, agreed, this is a First World Problem, no argument. It's a privilege to even think about describing it, I realise that. OK? So. On my recent Silversea cruise to the Antarctic (cue a volley of clicks on the x above) the term 'bucket list' was bandied ar...
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Loose in Nelson
Don't ask me how it happened but I'm blaming booking my domestic flights from somewhere en route to Antarctica and hence on the other side of the International Date Line. The upshot is, I've got an extra night here in Nelson, while the Baby, more efficientl...
Loose in Nelson
Loose in Nelson
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Abel Tasman Kayaks - Day 3: Not having our kayak or eating either
Grass is softer than sand, was today's first lesson - which makes sense, of course, since sand is rock. Granite, specifically, here. Also, if you sleep scrunched up it spreads the load from your hips. And it helps to be physically tired. All of which is to ...
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Abel Tasman Kayaks - Day 2: Saturated. In both senses
You know how people rave about falling asleep to the soothing lap of waves on a beach? And there are even apps supplying that sound to insomniacs? Well, t'ain't so. Not in real life, not when you're lying a couple of metres from endlessly busy waves, it isn...
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Abel Tasman Kayaks - Day 1: Off (but not out)
The rain, it rained all night. And it was still raining when we were picked up by the Abel Tasman Kayaks shuttle that took a bunch of us to their depot in Marahau. We crossed several rivers brown and swollen by rain - the Wairau was particularly impressive ...
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Willing and Abel
Although I'm a Lego fan from way back, inducted my daughters into the cult, have trodden on my share in bare feet, and have crates of it still in the cupboard, unable to get rid of it because it's an investment - and also, well, LEGO! I was still surprised ...
Willing and Abel
Willing and Abel
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