gnine: (Travel)
Just kidding mom, y'know I love you guys! Actually, all things considered, we handled it pretty well and no one was dead at the end, so really, I'm gonna count that as a win! ^_-

So, I actually started writing up this post less than a week after the trip finished on May 6th but then life got in the way. Really this time, not just me being lazy! My last two weeks of work at Tourism New Zealand were crazy busy in preparation of the handover, worked long hours and then this past weekend it was a lot of farewell get-togethers and goodbyes. And packing, can't forget that (no matter how much I may wish it at times :-p). But, thought it appropriate to get my last big New Zealand post up before I head off to Australia in two days. Meep! Where does the time go?!

*cough* Anyway, without further ado, my travel log of the 'rents visit: Picture heavy, as always... )

So...three crazy whirlwind weeks, done and done. As is my time in New Zealand. It's been great here, gonna miss it (like all my countries. OOPS!) But, so excited about Australia. Maybe I'll be better about posting my adventures there. *fingers crossed*

Oh, and as always, you can see more pics on my picsa, link below, (or my G+, which, while still bad about, I swear I'm waaaay better at updating than LJ...)

New Zealand Rents 2012
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So, now that I'm all settled in, in a house in Karori, a suburb of the city of Wellington, thought it was time to do the first of what I expect to be many New Zealand travel logs. Along with the normal photos, as per Ri-chan's suggestion, I've done a few travel-related chibis, just a couple, quick slapdash ones...we'll see how that goes.

Warning, picture heavy..So very very heavy! ^_- )
So, that's me, all caught up. For now, anyways...there's sure to be more...LOTS more, to come ^_^

And you can find more pics here:
Seattle to Wellington via LA & Auckland

Also from there you can link over to my G+ account, where I've been posting more frequent, if shorter entries. Good if anyone's interested in more timely updates...'cause I'm so known for those on LJ...ehehehee...OOPS :-p
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Currently in transit, and by that I mean LA. Left Seattle last night (*sniffle* already miss the sibs! -_-) BUT, getting to meet [livejournal.com profile] ro_anshi for the first time in person, though I've known her online for almost 11 years now! Which is awesome! And getting to do a little bit of sight-seeing in SoCal before flying late tonight to Auckland via Fiji....Heee, New Zealand!! *bounce* *bounce*

...also, *meep* cause, yeah, the whole lack of job or place to live is sinking in and making me a bit nervous (also, the possible lack of internet. No clue how connected/disconnected I'll be and for how long, so if I'm even more incommunicado than normal, that's why)...

...but, well, it'll be an adventure! And a new country! w00t ^___^ See y'all on the flip side. *huggles*
gnine: (Travel)
Been meaning to post about this for a while, but a) have been very busy and b) was wanting to make sure everything was actually going to happen before posting 'bout it has delayed me...Not wanting to jinx it and all that...

But, seeing as it's two weeks away now, should probably let people know...I'm heading to New Zealand in two weeks for a year (well, hopefully. The visa lasts for a year, but if I don't find work, that might get cut short...:-p) SO EXCITED!!!! ^____^

Course, little bit nervous as well, seeing as this is the first time I've set out to another country with neither job/school or a place to live lined up. Well, should be quite an adventure, if nothing else...^_- I'm starting off in Auckland, but we'll see where the job search takes me...

Anyway, part of the reason I'm posting, beyond just...y'know, actually updating what's going on with me...something we all know I'm TERRIBLE about, is that I'm hoping to hook up with fan people when I get there. In both Japan and England I had great luck meeting up with LJ people in person and am hoping to do so again. Not sure if anyone from my flist is actually in NZ currently...but if you are, would love to meet up. And also, if anyone on my flist knows other fan/geeky people in NZ and they might be interested in hanging out, send 'em my way...

And hopefully soon, I'll be back to posting more frequently, doing my travel logs, if nothing else. New Zealand should provide plenty of material for that, if nothing else! ^___^ *bounce bounce*
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Since I started regularly logging my little adventures, I've been pretty good about doing it shortly after the fact. These last two months...eeehhh, not so much. And I've actually done quite a bit, which is in part my excuse why I haven't posted about it. Well, that and also I'm lazy. Reeeally, reeeealllly lazy. Hey, at least I'm honest, right? ^_-

Due to the number of places, I'm gonna (try to) keep each description short...

My numerous excursions over the past two months... )

And now off to Barcelona tomorrow. Two new countries in three days, a very good week indeed!

More extensive photo-journals of all these different trips can be found at my picasa account:

Stonehenge and Bath
Saint Paul's
London Eye
Bletchley Park
Paris, take two
Brussels
gnine: (Travel)
Last Saturday, during [livejournal.com profile] crashtestskater's brief, yet wonderfully fun visit (I haven't seen her seen I left Japan last May!), we accompanied [livejournal.com profile] cienna and [livejournal.com profile] takadainmate to Hampton Court Palace. The latter's adorable stuffed tentacle monster, Lee and [livejournal.com profile] crashtestskater's Volks Dolfie, Matthieu Canada, were also in attendance. Four giddy fangirls plus friends...why yes, we *did* garner some...'interesting'...looks from the other patrons, why do you ask? ^_-

A pretty palace, some amusing cosplay, a little fangirl glee, and oh yeah, a ton of pics, all below the cut... )
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Last Friday [livejournal.com profile] cienna and I took a day trip to Leeds Castle, about an hour and a half (by bus) Southeast of London. The weather was not the most cooperative (gloomy and drizzling most of the day) but we had a great time, despite it! ^_^

Usual write up and pic spam beneath the cut... )
gnine: (Travel)
Last week the 'rents came to visit me here in good old England, and together we did quite a bit of sightseeing, including Cambridge, Highgate Cemetery (both of which I might post about later) and, most excitingly, Paris! It was my first time going to France and seeing as French was my first foreign language to study, starting back in 7th grade, this trip's been a long time coming! (Not that I remember practically ANY of my French. It was so pathetic, I kept reaching for it and coming up with Japanese instead, which sooo didn't help. Well, except for the fact that we ran into like a billion Japanese tourist in the two days we were there, so actually, I did make good use of my language skills...just not the French ones :-p. Oops!)

Our two-day whirlwind tour of Paris and Versailles, accompanied by the usual copious amount of pictures... )
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So, [livejournal.com profile] cienna and I , both having time off, as we're students and share the same reading week, but also, both being students, were strapped for cash, decided to take a nice, fairly cheap, daytrip to Brighton this past Wednesday. And we had a marvelous time.

Rocky beaches, Royal Pavilions and cupcakes galore! )
gnine: (Travel)
So, I've spent the last few weeks so busy settling in/attending classes(which I'm greatly enjoying so far)/penny pinching until my student loan money arrived, etc. that I haven't had overly much chance for exploring. But, things have settled a bit, and the money came in (w00t...still a poor, poor grad student, but now have at least a bit of solvency \o/...however temporary it might be :-p) so I decided a little exploring was in order. However, a lot of the main touristy sites of London itself I saw back when I visited [livejournal.com profile] utopiantrunks in 2005, so for my first short foray, I decided to do a day trip to Windsor Castle.

Castles and planes and birds, oh my... )

One of these days I'll remember to actually take my camera on the way to class and get some pics of the campus, the area where I'm living and even my dorm itself. Really...really I will. ^_-
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Not that most people would notice, considering how terrible I am at keeping up with the internets and LJ and all, but I may or may not be incommunicado for a bit. In a few hours, I'm hopping on a plane to London to begin grad school at the University of London, SOAS. I'm hoping I'll be able to get internet in my room relatively quickly, but no guarantees. So if you hear even less from me than usual, that's why.

In related news, I know at least several of my flist are in the London/UK area and I'd love to get together with any/all of you if people are interested. Feel free to respond here or drop me a line at gninek at gmail dot com and hopefully we can work something out. ^__^

And now...off to finish packing. *whimper* This is the third time I've packed up/moved all my stuff in four months! *groans*
gnine: (Travel)
So, while I've accepted that however much I might *say* I'm going to keep up on regular updates, I know in my heart of hearts it’s a filthy, filthy lie (oh procrastination, here's looking at you, kid!), I've decided to make a go at posting when I travel. Not only is it one of my favorite things to do (and my biggest money sink, hands down. Stupid air/train/bus fare being the very opposite of cheap! *grumbles* :-p), I also have a tendency to take a ridiculous amount of photos (waaaay more than I ever post, much to everyone's relief, I'm sure ^_-) and it's fun to share 'em.

So, in keeping with my newfound resolution, a brief summary/photo log of me and [livejournal.com profile] xparrot's day trip to the town of Naruto, in Shikoku, and the spectacular whirlpools that they have there!



This way to our day... )

For those interested, a few more pics can be found here.
gnine: (Travel)
Wow, look at me, posting, not to mention actually uploading a large batch of pics, within a day of coming home! Go me! (This reeeeallly should not feel like an accomplishment! :-p)

So, for our last romp through Asia before leaving Japan, [livejournal.com profile] xparrot and I took a quick trip (only 3 nights) to Hanoi and Ha Long Bay in Vietnam. And I have to say, Ha Long Bay may in fact be one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. Ever.



more trip ramblings, pics, etc. below the cut... )
gnine: (SGA Xmas chibi)
Really this entry should be titled "the week of some of the most amazing, delicious, melt-in-your-mouth, cooked-to-perfection foods I've ever, in my whole life, tasted ZOMG!!" but that got a bit long ^_-.

But before I get to the food, I first want to say I hope everyone's Christmas (for those who celebrate. For those who don't, hope you've been having a fantastic time in general! ^_-) was wonderful and may you all have a very Happy New Year!

Now on to the FOOD Hong Kong trip and today's quick Kobe jaunt... (Description as well as pics below the cut) )

...and now I'm hungry. Oops! :-p Well, I'm off to scrounge up some food. Once again, hope everyone has a very happy New Year, catch you in 2009! *big huggles*
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Oh look, this is me actually doing what I promised and posting about Hokkaido. And less than a week after the fact, even! Go me!

So, if you're interested: a full accounting can be found here, along with a few pics. )

Or, if you'd rather skip the accounting and just see some pics, I put around sixty or so up in an album here, along with quick caption descriptions for most of 'em. So, mom, who's the good child NOW, huh, huh?! ^_-

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