The last part of our trip was in Yamba Australia. where we stayed with my grand ma... it was very easy to be here. My grand ma all ways made a five star meal and set the table like we were in England eating with the queen!!!!!! plus, the beach in right across the road!!!!!! this is a small town so everything is nice and close... every day we went down the beach and boogie board and swim! some of the waves can get up to 3 meters high!!!! That doesn't sound very high but when your in the water and its just your head popping out they see like tsunami wave... sometimes we would walk down to this really nice pub and Jordan and I would have soda while mum and my grand ma have a beer. Almost every day we would walk down to town... that where we got all of our food and milk... and ice cream! in Yamba there is only one ice cream place and I think it is THE best ice cream in the world!!!
X-mas was very different this year. Not a real X-mas tree and no snow. But different is good. I woke up on X-mas morning and was so excited to go upstairs and open up the gifts and have a big brunch!!!When we were all up we we said “Merry Christmas” and that stuff and then we sat by the tree. Jordan mum my grandma and I were all holding on to our toes! We started off with “ Santa” and then Jordan then me then my grand ma and then mum. This x-mas wasn’t going to be big because of this trip so the only things we got we little awesome decorations for our rooms!!!!!
Australia has been awesome considering that I was almost born here and I will miss it dearly... I will be back soon...
I was so exited to come to Australia!! I would meet my cousins I have not met yet!!!!! (Same in New Zealand ). After our flight to Sydney, my aunt Kate and my cousin Joella
(21 years old ) came to pick us up. It's a 2 hour drive to where they live ( Kiama ) from Sydney. But we were entertained with talking and iproducts. When we got to Kiama, we stayed in a little cabin right on the beach for a couple of days so both mums could relax. Us kids had a big open area to play in and a nice pool that wasn't too cold, plus, a TV.
After a couple of hours we finally met our two other cousins: Lake (6 years old ) and Savannah (11 years old ). I have been in contact with this amazing family since I first got my own email, so I had ideas on what they would be like. I just couldn't wait to get started!!!! Well the first thing I did was say " hi " and then we rushed into the house to drink coke and watch Tv and not think about each other at all. Just kidding!! We all went down to the beach so we could put our feet in the water and play in the sand. Fortunately, there was a big storm coming in, which made the waves MASSIVE the next day!!
So the next morning we went down to the beach to put our feet in the water and and wave got us wet and we just decided to jump in and get wet!
After spending 5 days in the cabin and having lots of fun we left to go stay at their hour which is just a 5 mins car ride. When we got there, I noticed that there in a massive area to hang out or do whatever! When we walk in the door we got I nice greeting from their two dogs, Jack and Jorja. They were the most cutest living things in the world!!!!
Both of them were very playful and loved to play fight. Peter, the person who owns the house and is Lake's god father, own's Jack. Peter in a wonderful man he is giving, extremely nice, helpful, their isn't a world to describe him!!! Anyways, we stayed there for 4 days, hung out, and had a lot of fun. It was sad to say goodbye. Again.
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When we touched down in Auckland, my Mom immediately started to cry. We got to the airport at 11pm and met my Nana. When we got to the hotel we talked for 2 hours and finally we went to bed at about 2am in the morning. The next day my Mom went out to rent a car and pick it up so we could get around the country. We drove for 8 hours up north. We went sailing which was totally cool!
New Zealand is a great puzzle for me. A 5000 piece puzzle that is. Every day we keep meeting 1st cousins, 4th cousins great, great Aunts and friends. I just call them family. We got to Gisborne where we met my Moms cousin. He had a wife and two girls. So we had people to hang with for a while. We also met my moms three uncles. Tim, Mike, Anthony.
We stayed with Tim the first night we arrived in Gisborne. We liked them all, they were all very kind and funny. We also met my Aunt Debbie. She had two kids. John and Jessica. We hung out with them for a couple of hours which was fun. We shot and rifle and went four wheeling. We have met cousins that are AWESOME and that are a lot of fun, but the problem is that we have to keep leaving everyone behind and it gets sad and tiring. I wish we all lived together so every time we leave, my Mom doesn't start to cry.
We took off the next day to Wellington to drop my grand ma off so she could go take a plane back to Australia. We were on the road the next day to see the glacier. It was nothing I had ever seen before in my life. It looked like a frozen waterfall! Apparently the glacier moves up and down every year. The people that run the whole thing a very serious about the boundary’s. There has been deaths from people that go OVER the boundary’s. They have been hit by falling ice and rocks.
The next day we headed off to Queenstown where we met my three aunts and one uncle. We stayed with Andi, my aunt and her husband Beau and their daughter Taylor. They had a nice place in the country, and a fun dog named Ted. The first couple of days we just rested. But on the third day we went on a luge. We took the Gondala up and then took the luge down. It was so much fun it was like driving your own car!!! That same day we went to go visit my uncle Rob! He is the coolest guy. (sorry Dad). He took us on his Harley soft custom! (motor bike). The next day he took us into his jewellery shop. With the help of him and his son Tyson, we made our own jade necklace! Now that’s a good souvenir from New Zealand.
The next day I was told that we were going to meet MORE family! My Aunt Jody. She has a nice house in the country as well. I was happy to see that she had a daughter that was 1 ½ years old. She was the cutest kid I have ever meet and talked to. The last person we met was my aunt Sas. She was very kind hearted and very joyful. We spent a couple of hours in her AMAZING hotel room and the following night we ALL met up at a restaurant to have pizza. My two older cousins Tyson and Billy, Jordan and I played a good game of pool J. Close to our final day with family in New Zealand my uncle Rob took us on a whole day fishing trip. I caught five salmon fish Jordan caught 3 and my uncle rob caught 1. So amazing!! We ate the fish that we caught at dinner with family that night and the next day we set off on another adventure. AUSTRALIA!!. Being in New Zealand gave me a happy jump because I was able to put my feet in my Moms shoes. It’s good to know that I have family on the other side of the world so if I get down I will have family to bring me back up. I loved New Zealand and can’t wait to go back soon.
** I have captured NZ from my angle and took a few creative pics and have put them into a slideshow or two. Enjoy!
I call Nepal "my happy place". I am not quite sure why that is but I do know that I felt alot like "me" in this country. I learnt alot too ...
I learnt that:
1. That I have an easy life and I am very grateful for what I have.
2. I have a house with walls. Many people in Nepal do not.
3. Snakes scare me.
4. It's very hard to live here..
5. People don't get paid much here
6. Power comes on and off in Nepal.
7. River rapids are massive!
8. There are hundreds of stray, hungry dogs in Pokhara.
9. Kids have no fears!
10. That I can make friends anywhere in the world.
11. That is way more fun to ride ON TOP of a bus than in it!!
12. Hats are needed for the high UV.
13. I am grateful for a clean house.
14. People poison their body with cigarettes. Even poor people waste their money on them
15. That it is hard to say goodbye to people and places that I like.
16. That I want to return here one day ... and I will!
When we arrived in a Delhi, we thought our hotel was a 5 star Hotel but it looked like a 2 start hotel! The bed was not washed! The room was tiny, there was bird poop on the window, but the good news it they had a flat screen tv!! I thought is was great, until I found out the bed I was sleeping on the (extra bed), was the hardest thing I have slept on in my life. The next day we went to this beautiful guest house called "The tree of life". On trip adviser it has no bad reviews at all! We decided to see for our self and we did, my eyes melted like ice in the middle of the desert. It was the greatest thing to live! Nice beds, tv, wi-fi, balcony, air conditioned, and a great breakfast room with amazing breakfast. As soon as I looked around the place I told my mom that I found my happy place in india! So we settled in the room and had a good night sleep.
The following day, we took a subway to "old delhi" it was not at modern as were we were. We went to see the the "red fort" for a while, the thing was we picked a bad time to go, it was the hottest time of the day, 1:00 pm, it would have been 45-50 degrees. For the first time I was actually sweating from my arm pits, I feld like my dad when he rides his bike home everyday from work ( 12 km ). We looked around for a bit but after 20-30 mins we left to go see the spice market. What I found very interesting was when we wanted to get on a bike rickshore, ten men came up to us try to get us to come into THEIR rickshore. I thought this was hilarious! They were saying," Come, come were you want to go??" I was having so much fun watching my mom talk to them! I was almost on the ground laughing! Any ways after 10 mins of mom arguing we got some one to take us to the spice market, which was the last thing I wanted to do. We looked at all the different spices, including tobaco. I have never seen tobaco in my life but I was surprised to see it sitting in a bag right infront of me! I examined it well, but then I got bored of it and moved on to another spice. The men here don't smoke, instead, they would put tobaco in their mouth and chew on it, then after a while they spit it out. Kind of like gum.
Anyways we took the bike rickshore down an allyway where there were shops all along the side. We did this on a Sunday so it was not busy, if we did this on Monday or a week day we would not be able to move! The roads were terrible, bumpy, windy, and narrow. But we worked our way through it eventially. After we looked at some of the Jain temples, we decided to go to a mall for dinner. The first mall we ended up going to was outside!!!! Literally, no roof no walls! I had the feeling that this was going to be hard to find a mall that didn't have dogs following you all the time. We asked a man that owned a little candy store, he said to walk down ln the street and didn't point which way. My Mom looked at me puzzled, We asked him again and he said," go down that way and its a 5 min walk" this time he pointed. We asked someone who owned a rickshore and he said it was a long way. We hopped in and it ended up being a 12 min drive with no traffic! Must of been 3-5 km. Ya sure 5 min walk. We got to an inside mall and had chicken wraps for dinner. We got back to the guest house and had a good night sleep.
The day after, we just stayed in the guest house all day and watched movies. We were very tired that day and it was my Moms idea surprisingly. I have nothing to say about that day so moving on to the next day. In the morning we got up had breakfast and left to go see a bollywood show. Never seen anything like that in my life!!!!!!!! I am speachless. The light show, the dacing, singing, acrobatics, display, props, costume, better than a James Bond movie. And me, a 12 year old boy saying that, thats how amazing it was. The arcitecture around the theatre was amazing as well!
The next day, we woke up at 4:00 am ready to go to the Taj Mahal, it was a 3 hour drive, my mom wanted to see it at sunrise, but we didin't make it in time. We got to security, with no line up we were able to get through. While we were waiting for a little girl crying and whining, ( the most annoying thing ever ) with her mother and the other daughter, were just standing in the security scanner while this woman behind us desided to push us aside and walk in front of us. I was getting very tired of people pushing us aside and staring at us. I moved over and completly blocked her off. I felt a great power rush come over me. I got my revenge to all the Indians that have cut me off or pushed me to the side! But I though to myself this is ridiculous! Men here don't have any respect for woman, they don't hold the door open for them or anything! I did not want to become one of them. I looked back a her and said sorry. But then she shoved me again!!! I am thinking to myself, "can you hear a world I say??" I just stood there not trying not to move a musle when finally she stopped. "Thank god" I thought to myself. My mom started to get a bit impatient. The women with two kids that were crying and whining were standing in the middle of the security scanner for at least 8 mins. My mom said," Hello???? Can we come past???" I realised that over time, here in india, we have become ruder and ruder!If we stayed any longer we would become one of them. I would be kicked out of school!! NO!! I've got to snap out of this. I did but then my mom started talking. Uh oh. This can't be good! She was trying to get the woman and kids to move. The kids decided to have a melt down right in the middle of the scanner. They moved and we got through. While my mom was saying that she hates how people behave here and the pushing and the shoving, I tuned out I wasn't listing. She says this speech after every security check. I have almost memorised it! Anyway, we got to the gate of the Taj Mahal, and wow. Just wow!
I have never, EVER, seen anything like this before in my life! The beautiful carvings, the fountains, the view from where we were! It can't be real, my eyes were seeing things. It is massive!!! We got closer to take pictures and some guy came up and helped us with photos. He took one of me jumping high and made it look like I was taller that the Taj. After that we went inside the place. I have to admit, the outside is much more apealing than the inside. But it was fine, long hallways, many people, very very hot. After being in this beautiful place we left to a stinky hostpital. ( see my moms blog page ) We also learnt alot about Gandhi and what he did for India. Pretty cool guy. The next day we left early for the air-port, we had a great breakfast and I had my last chai tea for a while. We took a 2 hour flight to Nepal. So exited to see my moms best friend from school!!
I was so exited to go to the desert camp! We took a jeep into the desert there we were getting ready to go. First was Jordan and my Mom, it was hylarious to see them get on the camel, when the camel lifts up off the ground its a hell of a ride! You get pushed back and pushed forward.
Then we were off I was at the back of the drivers camel wile my brother and my mom were on the one behind me.After one and a hafe hours we reached our destination...Sand dunes, the beautiful sand dunes they were at least 8 meters high!The first thing that I did was jump and slide down it! We stayed there until sunset and thats when we took alot of pictures.
We took a jeep to the camp and the moment we pulled in the parking lot there was a drummer at the gate drumming. We stopped at the gate and a women put special ash and a grain of rice on our fourheads.We ate dinner and listend to the people dancing and singing but then we went in for the night... Worst night ever, one word. Wild dogs. The wild dogs came to the camp and were looking for food aparently, but their barking and then howling was dreadful, then we heard them probably chasing there pray and having a good feast. The thing is, people are normaly guard the camp but they only come out if they hear something.They heard nothing so the dogs barked all night while I was so tired and sick of the dogs!! Finally they left! But then came the peacocks, I swear I almost had a tantrum and the noise that they make felt like needles in my ears. I did get sleep though maybe 45 mins but its still sleep ( ya right ) in the morning we had breaky and set off back to our hotel. It was a blast!!
This trip is getting stranger and stranger .... different people,, diffferent lifestyles, different world. I am exhausted we are on the move all the time but its really interesting to see how things work in this part of the world.
First was Malaysia it was the easy part of this trip we stayed in at 5 star hotel. I never been in a hotel like that before ,great look over the city. The next day we set off to a beautiful island we stayed there for 4 nights the resort was called abduls chalets the staff was there was AMAZING!!! In Thailand we stayed on another Island Resort this one was the one we celebrated my birthday on. My mom got the cook to make a chocolate cake and bring it out in front of the whole restaurant while everybody was singing happy birthday to me I felt very special :) that same night we set off Thai lanterns into the dark night sky, I have been wanting to do that for a long time... We also got to try paddle boards, that was fun you can paddle as fast as you can run. Our jungle adventure was totally amazing! We met some nice people from Montreal and had a great day together!! I don't like to talk about our money being stolen.
Our first hotel in India was great the sculptures in the building are amazing. My mom and my brother thought they fell into heaven wile i just wanted to go home: We just hung out for the first day, but the next day we went to visit a fort. It was a very big fort ,it takes you 30 min to the main base but we walked up to the palace. At one point we were being followed by a lot of people but it turns out they were trying to sell us stuff. We took a train to Jodhpur, there we stay in a havali. We met two young female travelers on the way to a fort we asked them questions about the fort and ended going to the market together and looking around then having dinner together. It makes me feel safer traveling with other people. Today we are going on a camel ride to a camp to sleep in the desert! India is very different from Canada, it can be scary, dirty, hot, but people are very kind and helpful. My mum left her credit card at one place and the manager got on his bike and rode all the way to train station to find us! We were very happy and gave him 500 rupees. Lots of good and bad I suppose. I have begun some school work each morning after breakfast. I thought this was meant to be all fun!
Hey, my name is Ben and I am Canadian. As you know, my mom, brother and myself are going on a trip! Now this is not going to be a holiday, well some parts of it will. Sounds like we will be doing a lot of work just to get to a toilet in India! The things that I am going to enjoy is learning how to surf!!! My only fear is the wild monkeys in India. For some reason I just don’t like small animals like dog’s or cat’s or monkey's because they can be nippy and steal your food right out your hand! I am going to want to buy so many things like an x-box, souvenirs, etc. It is so cheap in Asia that you can get 2 jumbo chocolate bars for 25c Canadian! That’s crazy!!! But spoiler alert!!! We can’t because we are only taking “carry on”! (this means really small backpacks that fit under our feet and in the lockers above our head on planes). But we don’t have to bring much because it will be hot everywhere we’ll go! I am really excited to go to New Zealand and Australia and can't wait to meet the rest of my family. I am happy to go to the country that The Hobbit was filmed in as well! And I can't wait to hang with Nana at her place on the beach. And go to "surfing school!"
Perhaps some of you have been on plane trips that were 3-6 hours long. Well I bet you haven’t been on a plane for 18 hours at a time!!!! Oh, and by the way, I am spending my b-day on a beautiful beach in Thailand! We are going to be doing community work around Nepal as well. That will be very different for us. I am also very excited to see Mt. Everest from a plane (hope it’s not a rainy day!).
I am a big fan of video taking and picture editing so I will be posting videos on the blog as well. When my mom said there was going to be no school for six months, I was partying like crazy! But then I remembered that I would not see any of my friends for 5 months either. I am going to miss them very much while I will be gone.
I will keep you guys updated along the way!!!
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