The champagne corks were popping as the Derry ~Londonderry ~Doire arrived in the city in first place on the penultimate leg of the Clipper Round the World race.
Local skipper Sean McCarter was in great spirits and pleased to be on dry land after a challenging race. Continue reading
Almost two years ago I blogged on the Clipper Round the World race when it visited my home town of Derry. And here we are again in the sunshine ready to welcome the crews back to the North West.
Due to weather conditions the first crews won’t arrive in the city until early on Monday morning. Continue reading
So one year on from Monaco I was on the other side of the world ready to celebrate another St Paddy’s Day. This time in Nelson on the south island in New Zealand.
I was with my old pal Robin O’Farrell-Bridger and his girlfriend Kana who was now the other half of Robin’s band Whiskey Priest. Continue reading
It was a crisp Sunday morning at Tongariro National Park. I was up early to catch my transfer bus to the carpark at the start of the one day tramp across the Tongariro Pass.
Before I hopped on the bus I started a conversation with a fellow countryman from Cork. Continue reading
In June 2011 I wrote a blog about the different breeds of backpacker. I talked about the flashpacker, backpacker and of course the slackpacker.
Just over 2 years on from this I have noticed a new breed of backpacker. I’ve called this type the lackpacker. I’m here in New Zealand myself, not as a backpacker this time. I am here hoping that I can settle here for good when I find a job. But more on that in another post. Continue reading