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New York Pt.1

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New York New York! I returned to a city that I adored and simply did not have time to do everything the last time!
I missed out on the Museums and Galleries last time, so my mission was to do the majority of my ‘Things I Missed’ list, although I did rush around like an idiot to do them all..

So, the first day I made some friends at the hostel during breakfast (which was weirdly a set free breakfast of doughnuts and a banana..) and headed off to the American Museum of Natural History (where they filmed some of Night At The Museum). It was such a beautiful building and it was full of amazing things to see – especially the dinosaurs, they’re my favourite!
I had such a great time here and managed to see quite a lot, but not the whole 3 floors as I had a lot on my agenda. I saw enough, took a whole load of photos here and took in the architecture of the place.DSC04133
I then decided to rush off by myself to the Metropolitan Museum of Art which was amazing, but eventually got super busy within certain exhibitions! I saw a lot of gorgeous pieces, but yet again I particularly fell in love with the architecture – it was such a beautiful building, I probably preferred that more than the pieces at the exhibitions! I really wanted to see the Costume Department as I heard that there’s a lot of House Of Dior and Yves Saint Laurent there, and I loved the exhibition that was on at the time but it was so, so busy that I gave up early!DSC04138DSC04141DSC04147
I fell in love with these two as I was quickly walking through, the filigree on the column was gorgeous and I couldn’t just walk past without snapping a quick photo! Too beautiful!DSC04154DSC04156
After I rushed around the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I decided to quickly go to the Guggenheim before I got a bite to eat. It was a great building, and although I love modern art, I felt like a lot of the exhibitions were a bit TOO modern for me. (For example, there was a dark room with one single light bulb lit inside – could have a strong meaning and definition, but it was literally a light bulb).DSC04179
Whilst in New York, I had the CityPass which I bought the time before, when I visited. It is a great idea, as it is a booklet full of tickets for the attractions such as the Empire State Building, Statue Of Liberty (Ellis Island and Cruise), Museums, Galleries, 9/11 Memorial.. and it is a LOT cheaper than if you paid separately for these! (Plus, they’re open dated).
So as I missed out on some last time, I purchased the CityPass again and decided to do the Sunset Liberty Cruise which went through New York in the evening, where I got to see the Statue Of Liberty, Freedom Tower and pretty much all of the sights from the cruise – it was beautiful!DSC04212DSC04234DSC04252
Sadly, my camera was not fond of the motion of the boat and the darkness combined – so here was the best photo whilst the sun had set! I guess I can say that I tried..DSC04264DSC04274
All in all, I had such a great time in New York and this cruise was definitely one of the highlights for me! Although I travelled alone and did all of the attractions by myself (apart from the museum that day) – I had such a great time and I feel strongly about the fact that you don’t HAVE to have company and restrict yourself because you’re by yourself!

Have you been to New York before? What was your favourite attraction?
I would absolutely love to go for Christmas, one year!
Part Two coming up!

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LINKS:
CityPass – CLICK HERE

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Las Vegas Pt. 2

Here goes the second part!
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The second or third day, we decided to do the other half of the strip as people probably know it as the older, but original Las Vegas. Obviously this has changed massively from back in the day, when it was all the rave and famous people like Elvis use to play here.
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We drove past so many ‘Little White Chapels’ and some cool vintage cars!IMG_4007
We even drove past the pawn shop from Pawn Stars and went in for a quick look! (My dad is a fan).IMG_4031
I saw the Golden Nugget and had to do this..
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We then went for a walk down Fremont Street where they now do a zipline, that go through the whole building – which is pretty cool!
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They do these great animations that go across the screens above your head and really light the place up! This is now sponsored by Red Bull and they do some cool stuff like aeroplane shows and memorials on these screens..IMG_4061
This has to be my favourite room, in the whole of Las Vegas. This was inside the Belaggio, it was a display for fall/autumn and it was incredibly beautiful! I love stuff like interior design, environmental design and animation so I fell in love with this room. All of the flowers were real, too. Beautiful.IMG_4111 IMG_4113 IMG_4115 IMG_4132
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We were walking down the strip one night and this zombie guy came creeping out from behind a wall and scaring people (even without jumping out on them or making any noise, just the sense of being watched and actually realising!) – we got addicted to watching him in the end, we must’ve sat there for about 2 hours filming him and I eventually had the courage to have a photo with him and throw him a few dollars tip! He was actually a lovely guy, with a very soft, friendly voice!IMG_4354
The next morning, (our last full day) we went on the rollercoaster in our hotel. It was a lot of fun, did a loop and some corkscrews – a little bumpy and rackety though as it was pretty old, great fun though!
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We went for a drive to the famous Las Vegas sign, as we couldn’t seem to find it the night before. It is actually a lot smaller than I thought, I was surprised! There was also a huge queue to have a photo here, as an Elvis impersonator was there trying to get tuts and making people think that they HAD to queue up! So.. we just snook down the side and snapped a few photos – cheekay cheekaaay!
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And obviously, we couldn’t resist more Taco Bell as usual..IMG_4410
On the last night, I decided that I HAVE to gamble whilst in Las Vegas to say that I have and cross off the bucket list! We probably spent about $3, I know, I know.. We need to chill out on the gambling, CLEARLY!
Well, it turns out that it’s a lot more complicated than I thought! I thought you just pull the lever on the fruit machines and voila! Not quite.. turns out that I lost all of the money and ended up getting some of the remainder back..
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I sadly didn’t win, and this was my own money, back to me..
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On our last night, we went into the Excalibur hotel as we heard that they have a Dick’s Last Resort restaurant there, so we thought of giving it a try..
If you don’t know what Dick’s Last Resort is, it’s a restaurant where the staff treat you like crap. They are hired, to treat you like crap, give bad service and basically wind you up! It was a great experience, luckily we didn’t get it as bad as other people! (I would post photos, but I don’t think they would approve of it and I have no consent!).

We did have one nice waiter though as he noticed that we were Welsh, so we had a full on conversation with him and he was trying to impress us by being able to spell ‘llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch’ (a small town in Wales, famous for it’s ridiculously long name and everyone non-welsh like to ask if you can pronounce it – yes, we can).
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At Dick’s, they like to give you very sexy paper hats with a charming comment on them. I was pretty thrilled to get a hat, and I must say, a lot of people say the same thing about me. I’m cute until I open my mouth 🙂
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It was our last day in Las Vegas, so we decided to go to Hard Rock Cafe for our last breakfast here and it was the best breakfast we had yet! We then set off for Los Angeles for our last 5 days of the trip.
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Have you visited a Dick’s Last Resort before? Share your experience with me 🙂
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Wellington

Oh, Wellington.. This place reminds me of being back home, it has a dock, a city, it can be nice and peaceful walking around but also has some civilisation which I like having the option! (As I found that Queenstown was so nice, but it was always busy with backpackers everywhere!).
I was initially going to stay in Wellington for another 2 months to get a job, but then I thought that it was a bit pointless by the time I actually GET a job. I wouldn’t end up earning much, so I have left back to Auckland, ready to move onto Fiji and LA.
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Anyway, back onto Wellington..
I spent most of my time here in Starbucks, chilling out, looking for jobs and trying not to spend any more money! But they have a great range of free things to do, like the Te Papa Museum which is so incredible – especially the Gallipoli Exhibition by Weta Workshop! The exhibition was mindblowingly, great!
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Not to forget the fact that Wellington has it’s own Welsh Bar, I know, that’s right.. A Welsh Bar.
I have never seen one (apart from in Wales, of course..) but never in a different country, it’s always Irish. So I was pretty amazed, there also seemed to be a lot of Welsh people living around that area, as I would see a lot of Welsh flags outside houses..

Wellington also is the home of the All Blacks, at the Westpac Stadium! This is where I went to Comic-Con which was really cheap compared to others, but also not too big, not too small! Great fun for a day out!
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LINKS:
Te Papa Museum
Westpac Stadium

Huka Falls

We made a very quick stop to Huka Falls, on the way to Taupo. It was such a pretty stop, we were literally here for 5/10 minutes but the views were beautiful. The actual falls are claimed to be the fastest widening falls, as it starts off very narrow and within a metre or two, it has expanded and opens up completely!

Yet again, the water is VERY blue here too, and it even started to snow whilst we were here! (I’m not too surprised though as it was -1 degrees at the time!).
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Franz Josef Glacier Guides

Oh my god, this was THE best trip that I have been on! I absolutely loved this day so much, we got to fly up to the Franz Josef Glaciers in a helicopter, then we got to trek through the glaciers for three hours and it was so beautiful!
DSC03570DSC03510DCIM100GOPROGOPR2381.Firstly we got all kitted up before we went up, so we had Over-Trousers (to stop our layers getting wet), Crampons (to make our boots stick into the snow really well) and a waterproof/wind proof jacket. Once we were ready, we were heading off to the helicopter straight away and man, we were excited!
I have never been in a helicopter before, so this was like an added extra for me for the trip! Too much fun, doesn’t even feel like you’re moving surprisingly!
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I was surprised at how high we climbed the glaciers when we saw other people higher up, but you really didn’t feel like you were climbing that far anyway! We couldn’t work out the actual scale of the glaciers until we saw other people there, like in the photo above! It was crazy!
Even when we were in the helicopter, I thought that he was going to hit the ground, but it turns out that we were so far away from it!DSC03530We had three hours of hiking up the glaciers and I loved every minute of it, especially when we went through a really narrow ice cave! That was a lot of fun, although I did think that I could potentially get stuck as I crawled through haha!

It really was one of the best trips that I have ever done, I learnt so much, got some amazing photos and had some really funny photo opportunities and it was nice to do it with all of my new friends from Kiwi Experience.DSC03533
DCIM100GOPROGOPR2438.I would highly recommend doing this trip if you’re in Franz Josef, or even if you’re in New Zealand in general – it’s definitely worth making the effort to travel here! They even let you have free entry to their Hot Pools after the Glaciers too, which was incredible! I could’ve stayed in the 38 degree pool for hours, sadly I got too hungry!DSC03563

But yes, I will post a link to the tour HERE and if you have any questions about this, then feel free to leave me a comment or send me an email!

Would you like to do this? Or have you done it before?
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LINKS:
Franz Josef Glacier Guides
Kiwi Experience

Lake Tekapo

We stopped at Lake Tekapo for one night, last night and it was really pretty here – although the weather was brewing and it was freezing cold!
The mountains looked so, so amazing from the lake and before you think I edited the photos, I didn’t. Lake Tekapo is naturally that blue, I can’t remember the reason why, but there is a scientific reason why!
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We also saw this really pretty church next to the lake too, which had the best window view of the lake possible!
We ended up having a TV night, everyone got cosy and watched a lot of documentaries on animals and The Voice Australia. A great relaxing night!
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NEW VIDEO: G Adventures Part Two: Whitsundays & Cairns!

Here is Part Two to my G Adventures Trip that I did last month, I have wrote several other posts on this trip so feel free to have a browse at those and ask me questions!
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