It’s so sad watching your country in a state of emergency and you can’t do much to help.
I have donated to the Red Cross and will be attending fundraising events here in London to show what little support I can give.
Kia Kaha NZ
A kiwi in London's travels and adventures
Apart from the fact that there was about 50 loud and obnoxious 18yr old Australians beginning their gap year in our hostel, we had a good start to the night at the hostel with some drinks. We went for a nice meal before all heading out to a pub to watch an Irish band play, they were awesome and had a rather good looking flute player! After that more bars and getting lost for about an hour us girls made it back to the hostel for sleep in preparation for another day of sightseeing the following day.
I saw most coastal areas, as well as loads of mountains, one of my favourite things we did this day was go to a sweet little pub in the middle of nowhere and have some Baileys hot chocolate, it was bliss. That evening four of us girls went to a tarot card reader, i’ve never been to one before and was curious to see what she’d say/feel like I’m in need of some direction! It was interesting. That evening we went to a proper club which was a lot of fun! It had 3 levels and was playing some good tunes. After it closed we went back to the hostel and befriended some unsuspecting Irish lads from Cork, poor guys had to play tennis the next day and we had been up all night having good ‘craic’ as the Irish like to put it.
The last day in Galway was spent wandering the streets for a spot of shopping then it was back to Dublin for the final night. Galway was a fantastic place that I’d love to visit again, it has character and charm.
Arrived in Dublin and thought buggar it i’ll cab to the hostel, cab driver tells me it’s a 5 min walk and gives me the directions, I thought how nice he doesn’t wanna take my money but help me. An hour later and many many drunk Irish roaming the streets I find my hostel. Sleep and lots of it that day and then off for a spot of shopping. First impressions of Dublin are great, really nice chilled out, cobble stone streets and friendly people.
On Monday morning the Shamrocker tour starts at 8.30am, the first stop is Blarney Castle, it’s set on beautful grounds, obviously went to kiss the famous stone. The story goes if you kiss it you become eloquent?
The first night was spent in Killarney, we went to see an Irish storyteller that night, he just ended up being a drunken slurring Irish man with a really crap story to tell after he downed 6 Guiness in 2 hours in front of us.
Today is Waitangi Day so yesterdays celebrations here in London were epic to say the least. At 10am we arrived at Paddington Station, all dressed up in doctors scrubs (Shortland Street costume) with our ciders in hand ready to start what was to be a crazy day. As the circle line was down for the weekend we were walking pretty much most of the pub crawl. Even though it was February and cold once we had a few drinks in us we warmed up a treat.
After hanging around for about an hour the crowd got huge and we headed off to the first stop of Bayswater then onto Notting Hill (where the biggest party was), I saw so many people I hadn’t seen in years, it was so great to catch up with fellow kiwis on the other side of the world.
The next stop on the pub crawl was High Street Kensington, at this point things were getting a little crazy and the streets were filled with all sorts of people dressed in sheep, cows, all blacks, rowers, tool guys and whatever else kiwiana thing you can think of!
We continued the walk to Gloucester Road and finally South Kensington. At this point the haka was going to kick off in 30mins at Westminster so we decided to jumped on the tube there and head for Westminster.
It was madness to say the least at the station, all the poor unsuspecting tourists didn’t know what had hit them!! Everyone piled into Parliment Square for the haka. It was an amazing place to be with a great backdrop, unfortunately being so small and because there was so many people, I hardly saw or heard the haka, but at least I can say I was there!
The Waitangi Day pub crawl was an amazing day and made me feel very proud to be a kiwi! The event was so well organised and I loved how happy the police looked at every point. Looking forward to next year.