2016 The Adventure Begins, update 15/10/2016


We have finished our jobs, sold our possessions and are about to embark on a 10 year adventure circumnavigating the world on our bicycles.

15 October 2016 Update ENGLISH

Time has been racing by, along with the seasons. We are now well and truly into Autumn with the gardens and forests changing to their autumn colours and a real drop in temperature, the long hot summer days have been replaced with cooler cloudy days and today snow is forecasted down to 1000m. We have been busy with a trip to Leipzig and Berlin to visit our friend Martina and a trip to Zermatt to visit Bruno and Madeline. With only 1 week left in Switzerland the race is on to finish the jobs around the house and tidy up any loose ends before departing for Singapore on the 24 October.

15 October 2016 Update DEUTSCH

Kaum zu glauben, aber es ist bereits wieder Oktober; eine ganze Saison lang sind wir schon hier in Europa und vor allem in der Schweiz. Im September fuhren wir mit dem Zug nach Leipzig um unsere Kollegin Martina zu besuchen und vor 10 Tagen verbrachten wir einen schönen Tag bei Bruno und Madeleine Jelk im sonnigen Zermatt. Die Zeit vergeht gegen das Ende der Ferien viel zu rasch und ich möchte mich gerne noch mit ein paar Kolleginnen treffen bevor es dann am 24. Oktober wieder nach Neuseeland zurück geht, via Singapur natürlich, wo wir noch für ein paar Tage Sonne tanken werden.

2 September 2016 ENGLISH

We are now at the halfway stage of our European holiday and are starting to think about the beginning of our bicycle tour from NZ. Weather has been absolutely brilliant and we have been travelling around the German speaking part of Switzerland with trips to Basel, Zurich and the local area known as the ‘Fricktal’. We have been entertaining our niece Melia, getting in some bicycle rides as well as working around the house, sampling the local food and beverages and enjoying holidays.

2 September 2016 Update DEUTSCH

Wir sind nun halbwegs durch unsere Europaferien und denken langsam aber sicher an den Start unserer Velotour, die in Neuseeland beginnen wird. Das Wetter war bis jetzt total super und wir sind in der Deutschschweiz herumgereist mit  Ausflügen nach Basel, Zürich und im Fricktal. Wir verbringen etwas Zeit mit unserer Grossnichte Melia, machen verschiedene Vetotouren in der Umgebung und Andrew macht ein paar Arbeiten ums Haus. Auch das Essen und Trinken kommt nicht zu kurz und wir geniessen die Ferien in vollen Zügen!

15 August 2016 Update

The summer has continued to be long and hot, just what we were hoping for:-). We are just back from a 2 week trip to London (to catch with my brother David and friends Ray and Neil) and then onto Belfast to visit our friends Neville, Fiona and family. We really enjoyed Enfield in North London; a very vibrant area that has a large Turkish resident population and plenty of choice for eating and drinking. We did a day trip into London and had a few beers and meal with my nephew Sam as well as met a number of cousins that I have not seen for around 30 years. Again weather was great and the hospitality was excellent. Ireland was certainly a bit cooler but we made the most of our week in Belfast and really enjoyed catching up with friends as well as seeing the local sights, sampling the local ale and searching for the quintessential Irish meal.

28 July 2016 Update

Since leaving Singapore on 8 July, we have been enjoying the summer of Europe; food, wine, sun and relaxation in Singapore. Of course there is the ‘list on the fridge’ at Gaby’s mothers house that I am attending to, but still ensuring there is time to enjoy holidays.  We did a trip to France to watch the Tour de France individual time trial, have been to our old home town of Schaffhausen/Neuhausen as well as numerous trips across the boarder to Bad Sackingen (shopping etc). A day trip to the ‘Rigi’ and Luzern was a highlight as well as the numerous bicycle trips we are doing.the

2 July 2016 Update

We left Te Anau on Wednesday 15 June 2016, we sold everything that we could not take on a 10 year bicycle expedition and what Grace and Mark did not need. After a week in Gore with Jane, Daryl, ‘Floyd’, ‘Laverne’ and ‘Shirley’ we headed to Dunedin and flew with the kids to Singapore on Friday 24 June 2016.

The heat, humidity, food, people and aromas of Asia are highlights that we always look forward to and we have 14 days in Singapore to enjoy all things Asian.