I’m In ….. SheEO Year 2

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I happened upon SheEO earlier in the year and signed up as a first year Activator in Australia. It sounded novel and much of the message resonated with me and what I’d seen in a lot of our local community. I’ve recently re-Activated for Australia Year 2.

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The other day I placed and order that included a return package. When it arrived, i was reminded of one of the reasons I was attracted to this concept in the first place.

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The return packaging was from Better Packaging Co – which is a home compostable mailing package. As someone who gets quite a few packages and has mail gilt – I love that this is compostable. It’s one of the New Zealand Ventures rather than the Australian ones but there’s something about seeing it that makes you realise in some small way you’re helping these companies change the world.

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I’ve been to a few of the Circular Economy Futures Meetups this year – MC’d by Yasmin from SheEO Venture World’s Biggest Garage Sale.

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There’s been some inspiring speakers including SheEO Venture Envorinex – who recycles a massive amount of plastic in Tasmania.

Let’s not forget seeing many of the other Australian ventures appearing in the news throughout the year. e.g.:

Neighbourlyticshttps://www.smh.com.au/business/small-business/tech-company-s-non-tech-founders-are-getting-to-know-your-neighbourhood-20190425-p51h4g.html

GoGo Eventshttps://www.adelaidereview.com.au/latest/business/2016/11/10/gogo-events-aims-change-way-business/

Fixing "Something went wrong" page with error ADDriverStoreAccessNonLocalException

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Recently we saw a change to our outlook.com and it upgraded our accounts. My account went through fine and I see the layout on the right. One of our other accounts however didn’t.  Took awhile to notice..no new emails were arriving and sending emails weren’t working. Odd.

Then when you tried outlook.com all we saw was:

“Something went wrong” page with error ADDriverStoreAccessNonLocalException

Not very useful. After a lot of searching eventually I stumbled upon this article.  Ours is setup as a custom domain so changing anything now as this feature no longer exists is always scary.

The proposed solutions where:

  • rename account – not going to happen as we want this domain.
  • add another alias and make it the primary –This looked like our best bet.

Reading the recommended article it wasn’t clear what would happen and I was super paranoid about losing the data or the email address as i don’t think it’s easy to get back.

In the end after much worry this is what worked:

  • Add a new alias – for this we added a new XXX.outlook.com that didn’t have sign-in ability
  • Once that was there – marked it as the primary alias

STOP HERE! We made sure we didn’t remove the old alias. The we were able to once again login with the old alias/password and can send/receive emails once again.

Microsoft Band–My Band Journey

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At Build last year I rushed to the Microsoft store to buy a Microsoft Band. They weren’t available in the US and what drew me to the device was the phone integration and the ability to track my bike rides.

Since then I’ve had a couple of V1s and have had the V2 for just over a month.

What I’ve liked:

  • Integration with the phone, facebook etc. – The ability to see who is calling without having to get my phone out of my bag or go back to my desk and to quickly hangup, send a message or to take the call has been invaluable on client site.  Now I leave my phone on silent all the time knowing even if my phone is upstairs at home my band will let me know someone is calling.
  • The ability to track my bike rides without needing a phone. I’ve been improving my riding ability and the link with strava was a must.  The ability to get the heart rate and gps data has been great.

What I’ve like about Band 2 over 1:

  • Comfort – I never thought 1 was uncomfortable but v2 is way more comfortable
  • Durable – v1 I scratched up the screen in the first day. After a month the screen looks great on this one
  • Screen Quality- The screen brightness and quality is a big step up!
  • Rotate arm to turn on – this has been great so I don’t have to turn it on to check the time to save battery as much anymore.
  • Build quality – I broke the v1 in a few months and made pretty big inroads to breaking the 2nd one aswell. So far this one seems to be a better build quality with the shift in position of the battery.

What would make it a killer product:

  • Better battery life with GPS – Now that I ride for over 2 hours regularly the battery doesn’t last my ride. I have to take a battery pack to charge at stops and quite often have to remove and charge so it doesn’t go flat. The problem with this is losing my heart rate data. Maybe I could use my phone for gps and the band for heart rate and get the app to join them?
  • Integration with cycle computers – most cycle computers either connect using Ant+ or Bluetooth to display your data.  The band doesn’t work with these devices so while I’m riding I can’t see my speed or heart rate. It also means I have to track my heart rate and then the bike data (cadence) separately and if I don’t want to write my own thing to join them together have to choose which one to load to strava
  • Strava Integration – while there is technically strava integration – I’ve found it to be unpredictable. Sometimes it’ll upload straight away. Sometimes it can take up to a day. If it doesn’t upload after a day I’ve found it’s gone for good. It’s in my health record but will just never appear on strava.
  • Cortana on Android – I have an android so miss out on the voice bits…

Day 2–Off to the Namib

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Today was another massive travel day. Up early to catch the shuttle bus to the airport and off to Windhoek.

That all went well until we boarded the plane and sat there…and sat there…and finally they announced 35 passengers had failed to board and we were going to wait for them.

So we sat on the hot tarmac for an hour. They finally brought around some water cause it was damn hot. Eventually we were off.

Arriving at the tiny airport in Windhoek we waited what seemed forever for our luggage and then we were off to MTC to get a Namibian sim card….except they were closed.  No big deal there was another provider and they hooked us up.

Then we grabbed our car – a Rav 4 and headed for the nearest shopping centre for some supplies.

Everywhere here they take Rand (South African currency) 1-1 so we hadn’t bothered changing money…..until we went to leave the carpark and it only took Namibian dollars. Oh oh…but some insanely nice lady paid my parking for me (equiv of 30c) but man did she save my bacon and refused to take any money. Thank you whoever you were.

Then we had an epic drive to our accommodation – 300k and we were racing against the sun. Not supposed to drive after sunset here and many places have big gates they lock and you get to sleep in your car.

So off we went…down the B1 and really really straight bitumen road for 80k…sweet.

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Then we turned off to the C24 – gravel…not so good but massively wide. I’d guess 15m wide and reasonably well graded.  There are a few dips and exciting crests along the way. It was a bit like riding a rollacoaster and so much fun at one point our luggage hit the roof over a crest. These roads are not only gravel but super dusty. There’s a bit of a breeze which helps shift it but when we hit a spot with no wind, it’s like driving through dense fog. 

So animals for our trip so far…baboons, Onyx, Goats, Donkeys, Ostrich, random birds.

We made it to Solitaire and quickly filled the tank. Apparently there’s long distances between petrol stations and some don’t always have fuel. Then racing the sun to our lodge. We arrived at 5:30 just as the sun was going down and was a magnificent sunset it was. No time for pics (we’ll remedy that tonight for sure).

Had an amazing dinner at the lodge – butternut soup, Onyx steak and some sort of pudding…boy was I full.

Unfortunately our local phone doesn’t get reception at many places (wish MTC had been open…) so limited internet till we hit the coast to change providers.

Tomorrow we are off to explore the dunes.

Day 1–Arrived in Johannesburg

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This morning was a massive travel day. We were up at 4am to get to the airport for a flight from Brisbane to Sydney.

Had a few hours to kill in Sydney so we found a nice bluetooth speaker incase our car really only has radio/cassette as advertised and then our big flight from Sydney to Johannesburg. Pre ordered our food but seemed the menu changed so John had to pick his meal and our 2nd meal wasn’t even listed. Not sure that system is quite working.  Full flight on both legs today.

We and our bags made it safely and we’re staying at the hotel just a short shuttle ride away as we’re off to Namibia early tomorrow.  Of course I was dead tired and my mouth is working faster than my brain so I managed to pick up a “guide” to my shuttle bus. The official looking badge and jacket stupidly tricked me into responding …so had to pay my dues when we got to the bus stop.

Day 28-30 Buenos Aires

0V7C3659Friday morning was an early flight up to Buenos Aires. The site said we had to be there 2 hours before but the airport was completely dead. Checked in, scored and exit and paid our $3.50 US departure tax.

Arrived at Buenos Aires and were greeted by Sally and Ignacio – former Imagine Cup judges and contestants. They were lovely enough to drop us at our hotel. Had a bit of fun getting out of the carpark when the ticket system was a little busted and was issuing all the tickets with the same rego plate – oops.

Wandered around the afternoon and got stuck into some more great pizza. Had a great dinner with Sally and Ignacio and went to bed far to late for the early morning we had.

Saturday we had a nice sleep in for the first time in a month and a lazy morning enjoying a proper bed! We wandered around Palermo and went to the city zoo. We’re there in the middle of the day so totally wrong light for pictures.

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They had a big range of animals and quite a few South American ones.

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There were a few I hadn’t seen before like this one which seriously looked like a large dog-sized guinea pig. There was also another one that looked like a cross between a rabbit and a small deer.

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Lots of usual suspects like Lion, Tiger, Giraffe, Elephant, Rhino, Hippo.

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Had a decent range of bears. You could buy food and feed most of the animals so I imagine it’s popular with families. The animals all looked healthy but this is quite an old zoo so their enclosures were quite small so I found it a bit sad.

On the journey back to our hotel found an ice-cream shop to have some ice-cream and milkshake.

Sunday  is our big journey home. Flight to Santiago, Auckland and then Brisbane. We catch up with Sally and Ignacio and have lunch at an all you can eat meat restaurant. Off to the airport where we get a really nice LAN checkin guy who is determined to merge our qantas and lan bookings so we can check our bags all the way through to Brisbane. He resorted to writing on the bag tags – will I ever see my bags again?

After 3 gruelling flights without exit row we arrive home with our luggage – WIN!

Day 27–Laguna Esmeralda Ushuaia

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After parking out at sea last night and picking up the driver for the last bit of the journey we arrived at Ushuaia this morning.

Last minute pack rush, handing back of boots and life jackets, collecting passports and we were done. Onto our coach to drive us 200 metres to the carpark and it’s all over.

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0601It got wicked cold and all the layers we’d just peeled off went straight back on.

0604Hung around a bit and then walked back to the pickup point and admired the amazing dams the beavers had made and saddened by the mess they made of the trees!

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I was craving pizza – about the only meal that didn’t come up on our boat trip and luckily there was a nice place about 20 metres from our hotel and they took AMEX…yay.

Now with a full belly I am going to enjoy my sleep in my big bed tonight in my large hotel room that’s for sure.

Day 24-26 New Island

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3rd – The morning was spent on New Island. Bit of a hike up the hill and you reach a colony of rockhoppers and albatross.

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The zombie penguins as usual.

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They looks more like zombie falling penguins when they go down the rocks though.

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We tried some flying albatross shots but I suck hard at shooting moving birds.

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I also had the extender on which messes up my ai servo focus a bit I think as well (or that’s what I’ll claim).

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Some cool rockscape before we headed back to the boat.

4th – We tried to land at Sea Lion Island this morning but couldn’t hold anchor so we’ve set sail for Ushuaia. Rough seas and I’m spinning again so my bunk is my friend.

5th – Still sailing and curled up in a ball. We’ve hit the channel in the arvo so it’s calmer seas so I have managed to crawl out of bed and be like a normal person. Crazy shirts and wig night tonight and final party before we get off the boat tomorrow.

It’s been a rough trip but I can’t say enough good things about every single staff member on the boat – from the seamen, to the cleaning lady to the dining staff to the barmen – they’ve been fantastic.

Day 23 Carcass Island

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Today was basically a “filler” day in terms of photography but it turned out to be a nice day.

We landed on the beach and the sun was shining so we took a bit of walk and found somewhere out of the wind and had a nice sit looking over the beach. Had a bit of a wonder around the 2+ metre tussock grass and then headed back to the boat for lunch.

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On the way back in we were joined by a few dolphins.

After lunch we headed to the settlement for afternoon tea and what an afternoon tea it was. There was a great pot of proper black tea and a spread of home made food – fruit cake, chocolate chip biscuits,lamingtons, jelly short bread, chocolate cake with coffee icing, scones and much more. Made me feel like I was visiting my grandparents – Granddad with a big pot of black tea so strong your spoon stands up in the cup and Nanna with her home made cakes, biscuits etc.

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Behind the house there were some friendly Curra Curras that we could get pretty close to.

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After awhile I thought they were fighting over attention from us.

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Afternoon was back to the beach to get some pengiun shots. I didn’t have my zoom with me and it’s not quite zoomy enough and I don’t’ really like getting my gear in sand so we sat up on the cliff and watched the giant V of people waiting for the penguins to come in.

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It was quite amusing to watch a smaller group of other photographers hit the beach and see our massive group all huddled up together.

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Yesterday there was a beautiful sunset we were hoping would happen again was it was not to be.

Day 22 Westpoint and Grave Cove

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This morning we headed to Westpoint. After a bit of a hike up the hill we scabbed a lift in the caretaker’s Jeep. After a short walk we arrived at a massive Albatross colony on a massive cliff. We headed up over the ridge but my gumboots, steep cliff and insane wind against my camera sash that quickly became a  massive sail made me turn around. John persevered however to get nice and close.

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I had a bit of a chat with the caretaker who was very friendly. They’ve been there for 2 years. The owner had lived on the island his whole life up until 2 years ago. The place is pretty desolate with a supply ship coming every 2 months. No medical unless you want to pay for a very expensive helicopter visit.

The caretaker and his wife had spent 30 years on their little sailing shop – Wanderer 2 for 30 years around the world – with 2 of them spent in South Georgia.

Could not escape the wind so I had a nice walk back to the landing spot and sat in a more sheltered spot.

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In the afternoon we headed back to Grave Cove to get more pictures of penguins landing on the beach.

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Remember we’re dealing with people who are trying to get amazing pictures. Some can be pretty pedantic and like tor groom the beach for their shots.

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As the light grew dimmer it was time to go back to the ship.

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Day 21–Steeple Jason and Grave Cove

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This morning we were up and ready to land on Steeple Jason which is home to 20000 albatross.

It’s a difficult landing site with a narrow weather window so the team were planning on landing us and leaving us there all day till the weather passed and pack us a few sandwiches.

This morning was beautiful and sunny and then armageddon a moment later. It is pouring down, black clouds covering the sky. The staff were out for an hour trying to find a spot safe enough to land and to get everyone up the giant kelp covered boulders. I really felt for them, knowing they tried damn hard to get us of the boat when the announcement finally came over that the landing was cancelled.

We moved off and then 2 minutes later a beautiful blue sky again.

The overall disappointment must be getting to a few other people as a few loud outburts were had today. This trip was expensive, in face we could have bought quite a nice car for the price of the holiday and we bought the cheapest cabin so some people paid the price of a very nice car to be here.

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This afternoon we landed at Grave Cove – nice appropriate for Halloween. The attraction here is late afternoon surfing/jumping landing of the penguins on the beach.

The place has a wicked wind that cuts right through and walking into it to get to the other side is brutal on the face.

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The beach is a decent size if you were here with a few friends but 80 photographers all wanting to get a great pengin beach landing shot looked like a platoon (or whatever is the appropriate army term for that many people) of soldiers lined up the beach ready for an onslaught.

This meant the poor little penguins hit the beach, took one look up an went WTF and got straight back in.

I went for a wander around either side to get a bit warmer and John went for the Go Pro shots.

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Sitting and watching them land on the beach was quite amusing. The cutting wind took out my hands so I put my camera away and just enjoyed the view for awhile.

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The guys clumped up a bit more to allow the penguins to get through as the day got later more came up the beach.

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Others made their way back to the water.

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Some of them were quite prancy showing off their nice clean feathers.

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Every now and then one of these guys would swoop, peck and generally check if you’d die yet so it could eat you.

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One of my last shots before I got too cold of one of them coming down the hill.

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There’s another lady with as bad hands as mine and a few others were done early so we headed back while the weather was still good.

Nice swig of port and my tummy is all warm again – a very good purchase indeed and time to secure prime power charging position in the lounge before the others return.

Halloween turned into crazy wig night – I’ll get some pics later from someone else but I was pretty impressed that there weren’t many duplicates in 80 passengers.

Day 20–Saunders Island

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Today we headed to Saunders Island. Even though I knew on Day 12 the dream was over, being in the snow and conditions in South Georgia hid that seeing penguins on bright green grass really brought that front and centre.

It’s a steep landscape here with a variety of bird life. It’s interesting to walk around the cliffs on such an angle with gum boots. Having skinny feet I’m slipping so far sideways in them I’m almost walking on the sides of the boots rather than any part of the sole.

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There’s a decent colonies of albatross here. They look a bit like giant seagulls from a distance. They make an amazing nest of mud that’s about a foot high.

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Up close they have the most amazing black teardrop feathers around their eyes that against their whisper white feathers makes it look like their eyes are always open.

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The Rock Hoppers are energetic little penguins. They leap from rock to rock and move at pace.

I missed the penguin briefing when I was sick so I really pick up a few names here and there but I prefer to refer to them as the levitating zombie penguins.

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I love their evil fiery eyes and their massive yellow tipped eyebrows. They looks like something that a friendlier looking penguin comes back as in Pet Semetery.

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All over the hills are these burrowed holes. They contain a bunch of these penguins which I will call the burrowing penguin.

I was a little cold as it is really windy here and destroys my fingers so I came back at lunch and enjoyed steak and chips for lunch and hung out in the lounge watching a few movies while John went back out.

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He shot a few other penguins. This one was pretty cool. You see a lot of them carrying rocks around and this one which I’ll call Lipstick Punk was no exception.

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John braved the afternoon beach and got some of the Zombie penguins coming in from the ocean and hopping along the rocks and this curious animal.

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Day 16-19 Back to Falkland Islands

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We’ve had to head back to Falklands. We spent 3 days in rough seas and to top it off I have a head cold.

Normally it’s pretty awful to be sick and not in your own bed. It’s also awful to be in a bed that creaks, rocks, vibrates and tosses you around all night. It’s absolutely awful to have both of these.

Not enjoying getting thrown around constantly. I’m bruised from the awkward chairs, bruised from being flung against my bed rail. I’m a heavy sleeper and can usually sleep through pretty much anything and anywhere but the range of randomly vibrating bed, odd engine and water sounds, and the may different directions and velocities you are thrown around your bed make it pretty hard to sleep through the night.

After 2 days in bed coughing and spluttering and not daring to go upstairs and spread it around the doc came to visit and loaded me up with some cold and flu tablets and thanked me for quarantining myself.

28th – The cold and flu have helped and up I’m up and walking again. The head cold destroys your balance on top of a massively moving ship.

We’d had confirmed today what we expected for awhile – the lost time getting back to the Falklands means we’re not going to Antarctica now. There’s also record ice this year and all our normal landing sites are no go if we made it anyway.

While not actually going to Antarctica on an Antarctic voyage is devastating, I’ve spent 7 days in bed with sea sickness and a cold, so I was not looking forward to spending another 5 days in rough seas to spend 1 morning in Antarctica and probably not actually standing on land.

The team has put together a pretty decent looking few days around the Falklands for us before we have to head back to Ushuaia. It seems to be the best option in an awful situation.

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29th – We’ve arrived back at Stanley. I’m taking full advantage of not being tossed around the boat and washing my hair! Sounds silly but little things are nice. It’s pretty damn hard to have one hand to hold onto the rail so you don’t fall out of the shower and hurt yourself and wash your hair when the boat is flinging you around so having a calm stop can be an exciting moment.

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Now we’ve docked and everyone booted off the ship for the morning  I’ve done a supermarket run of essentials before a hoard of 80 people empty it and John has gone on the coach ride to the Gypsy Cove.

Turns out my 50 pound note I had lying around from when we were last in the UK is out of circulation now and I can exchange in at a British bank  for a new one people will accept– real helpful. Although they take US$ here aswell – not $100 notes – thanks Travelex for always giving me the largest bills you have! I think they’ll be useful when we get to Argentina though. Lucky the Visa card still works – who needs this antiquated paper/plastic currency thing anyway.

John and I crossed paths on my way back to the ship and we did a combined effort on extra essentials at the supermarket – like a bottle of port, hot chocolate, Pringles and chocolate. The alcohol aisle is looking a bit impacted – think there might be a few very sloshed people over the next few days.

The internet had been really flakey in the high seas so using this opportunity in calm waters to get a few updates out.

Day 15–Gold Harbour

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We pulled into Gold Harbour bright an early and they woke us up 2 hours earlier than expected as the weather was good.

When buying gear for this trip I had resisted cheaping out and we’d bought expensive waterproof pants and jackets and today they where worth every cent.

I was the first onto my zodiac and I’m standing on the bottom of the gangway waiting for the zodiac and the boat to line up and jump on. The swell had other ideas. The boat started rolling really badly and I went from being on the step 1 metre above the zodiac to water up to the top of my thighs in a split second.

The sailor next to me had a good grip on one arm and I was hanging one to the chain with the other. I’m starting to wonder what happens when I go fully under.

The sailor asks if I want to go back and is worried my boots and me are now drenched after going so far under but I am perfectly dry.

They tried to steady for what seemed forever and I thought they’d just give up but eventually a split second opened up and I was on.

The crew managed to find the one gap between the massive herd of elephant seals to land us on the beach.

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It was snowing and there were a new bunch of penguins that we hadn’t seen so of course 80 people wanted to photograph them.

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They were quite funny running around with tuffs of grass for nests.

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They quite enjoyed stealing smooth rocks from one another.

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We gave up and went further over to the big colony of King Penguins.

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I found a nice little vantage point with a good outlook and a safe distance from the animals and had a sit just to admire them.

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The penguins don’t know the distance rules and soon the babies got curious and I was surrounded by about a dozen chicks and 2 adults all checking out this strange new animal.

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I sat still and they came right up and around and I was pretty much trapped. If I got up they would scatter so I just sat there for about 15 minutes and enjoyed the close encounter.

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My moment was over when someone else decided they wanted to be where I was and scared them off.

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John was a bit further along the beach with the colony taking some video of the penguins.

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Andy was out with both Go Pros getting some footage too.

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My fingers got cold again so I headed for the return zodiacs. We loaded on quickly but the swell on the way back was brutal and we were covered in waves – another big tick for my gear.

We had an uneventful dock with the boat and I headed straight for the hot shower. I was cold by under by outer shell I was perfectly dry.

Day 13 and 14–Salisbury Plains

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We’d had a rough night in more way than one and this is the view that greeted us out of our porthole this morning

We made it to Salisbury Plains this Thursday afternoon to give us some fresh air but the conditions changed for the worse and only some of the passengers managed to get off the boat for a short time.

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From the boat we can see a mass of wildlife waiting for us on the beach.

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There’s some massive penguin colonies on the shore with lots of babies in amongst the green hills.

Friday was a whole new day.  We landed early and it was a beautiful blue sky. Being on Salisbury Plains you feel like a kid in a candy store. You arrive surrounded by wildlife. You have to take a breath and try to focus.

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John started with some video on the beach. The penguins found this most fascinating and came over to check out the rig.

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I started with a few penguins just off the beach and some seals before I made the climb up the hill to get an overview of the colony. It was a steep slippery climb up with lots of other people fighting for a prime position.

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Of course the time my UV filter with lens cap attached decided to unwind from my lens and fall off was when I’m over the most wet, muddy penguin poo you can see. That’s going to take a while to get clean again but on the positive side I did hear it fall and found it rather than losing it forever. Just means I need to be extra careful with this lens until I get back and clean everything.

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Once up the top it was so packed with people there wasn’t much room so I sat down and took a few pics of one of the penguins that took and interest and decided to follow me around a fair bit.

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Heading back down was far easier, granted I mainly slid down on my bum and cleared a nice path for everyone behind me.

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Headed back towards the beach to find a lonely colony that wasn’t surrounded by other people. Walked for ages and found one that was alone, on the ice and was a bit of a dip to keep me out of the wind.

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These guys are funny to watch. After they flop on they bellies they use their beaks to get back up.

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We headed back to the water line to get some penguins near the water’s edge.

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I’d hoped to stay out all day rather than come back for lunch and back at 3 but as it drew close to 1pm and the last boats were going back I decided I needed to go back as my hands were sol cold I couldn’t feel my finger to press the button on the camera.

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I made a good choice as the weather changed suddenly and it started to snow and soon enough everyone else was back on board.

After getting down low to get some nice photos I am absolutely covered in penguin poo. Getting back on and going through the bio dip was fun as they hosed me down to get most of the muck off.

We took a stack of photos and hard a hard time picking out a few for tonight’s critique session.

Day 12–Grytviken and Jason Habour

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This morning we landed at our first of two compulsory stops on our trip – Grytviken. It’s an old whaling station that was set up in 1904. After being cold yesterday I went for more layers. This time I had two thermals, a fleece jacket, my down jacket and my outer shell. I felt like the Michelin Man.

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We were left here for about 4 hours to roam around. It’s pretty desolate but leaves lots of cool bits and pieces to photograph.

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There’s a couple of small hills you can wander up to get a better vantage point. One of them you pass the graveyard.

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There’s also some wildlife around. The elephant seals were very popular as they don’t move much.

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There were a few family groups that were popular.

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The babies are much cuter (if you can call them that) than their father.

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These guys were massive and would give out a giant yawn every now and then.

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I never realised before that their flippers had fingers and nails – almost looks humanlike.

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Every now and then you’ll spot one on the water just lolling around.

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I thought the smaller seals were much cuter.

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I’d spotted this little guy from the hill about 1/2 hour before and nobody else has seen him yet. Suffice to say after us taking a few snaps gave away his location, and he was very popular after that.

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There were these massive rusty coloured tanks against the black rock and white snow that just set the scene as a picture theme park.

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I climbed half way up the hill to get this nice overview of the area and our ship before I headed back. I was really, really cold. I was ok while I was moving but quickly got cold as soon as I stopped and even more so when I had to get my glove off to take photos. So for all those people that told me you don’t feel cold in Antarctica – you’re clearly much less of a cold wuss than me!

After lunch we headed out to Jason Habour and it started to snow.

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If I look cold it’s because the snow is pelting into my face. Hard like small hail and very very cold. Overall I was actually warmer here but the snow was torrential.

Your camera gathered sticky snow and was soon drenched so for much of the time I carried it around in the dry bag.

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Until I spotted this little guy all by himself off to the side with nobody bothering him.

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Obviously until we showed up and grabbed a few quick photos while our gear got hammered. It is insanely hard to switch lenses on a camera with snow pelting down from what seemed like every direction without getting it between the lense and the camera.

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He was in the centre of a bunch of water pools that were made by the gaps in the tussock grass that is now covered in snow. This made for a really cool black pool look amongst the white snowy backdrop with bit of tussock grass adding some texture.

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After we were done there were people heading over to see what we were taking photos of so I’m sure he was popular.

Back to the ship for some hot chocolate and watch the crew make snowballs from the insane amount of snow that had fallen in two hours. More snow fall than this sunny Brisbane girl has seen for sure.

Day 11 – Land Ahoy!

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We’re running ahead of schedule and we’re going to hit land early and actually walk on solid ground today.

My head has stopped spinning. Not sure if it’s the calmer waters, not taking my old meds or taking the new meds but I’m up and around for more than an hour at a time for the first time in 3 days.

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Just after lunch we arrive at Right Whale Bay and we’re all suited up in our warm gear – our first test of how warm we are in the cold. I’ve got thermals, shirt, down jacket, and outer shell, so fingers crossed that’s enough.

We all pile into our zodiacs and arrive on land. The black volcanic rock with the icy snow looks pretty cool. The beach is lined with penguins and seals. It’s pretty amazing how quickly 80 people disperse. The trick now is to try and take some snaps without standing in other people’s photos. There is some serious kit on this beach that makes my 70-200 lense look like a toy.

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There’s a cute little seal on one of the hills who was looking very sleepy.

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The big elephant seals were massive and got a bit restless.

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I can manage a couple of pics with my liner glove before my hands freeze and I have to stick it back in my outer.

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The penguins are very cool and just wander where they feel like it.

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When they flicked their heads back they made a really weird call sound.

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There was a set of whale bones on the beach which at first looked like bits of log.

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I really should have taken my extender to get some closer pictures but then my hands were so cold I was having trouble keeping the camera steady. Need another layer next trip out.

Day 8-10 All aboard the Ushuaia

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Saturday we’re up early to get to the airport for our flight to Mt Pleasant. If you’ve never been on a smallish plane with 100+ photographers it’s an experience. Unsurprisingly with a full flight we quickly ran out of overhead locker space. This meant John and I had to endure the first 3 hours with our camera bags under our seat which meant we were stuck in one position the whole time. Boy was I in pain by the time we landed in Punta Arenas. Cause of the overflowing baggage they allowed us to leave our gear onboard while we had to get off and on again. So we waited for someone who was getting off with gear and quickly nabbed their luggage space.

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No sooner than everyone was off and stamped and it was all back on again. First thing we noticed was our bags had been moved. Bit of an uneasy feeling but at least we knew where they were. Others weren’t as lucky. Now if you’ve seen people get upset when their bags get shifted before wait till you see a photographer with a bag with $10000+ in lenses do a table flip when they can’t spot their bag and are told it probably got put in the hold!

Eventually we left with some no so happy passengers and the final leg to Mt Pleasant wasn’t as uncomfortable.

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Mt Pleasant was a little bit different as it’s a working military base. Had a little bit of time in Stanley before we boarded our home for the next 3 weeks – the Ushuaia.

Our cabin is very cozy but a little bigger than I thought. We set sail just after dinner headed for South Georgia.

Our ship doesn’t have stabalisers and I really didn’t understand what that means till we got out into open water. The first night was fun as you found a way to wedge yourself between the wall and the rail so you’re not constantly getting rolled over and over. It definitely felt like being in a washing machine.

The next two days of cruising was rough. So rough you can’t read, watch tv or anything that needs any sort of focus. I was insanely dizzy this whole time and my sea sickness pills made me  sleepy so I basically slept for 2 days straight, getting up for meals. I’m feeling lucky I’m not actually sick but just dizzy. Lots of others seem to be very sick and someone else took a nasty spill in the shower. With the crazy seas I’m not game to try the shower till we hit calmer waters – so it’s soap and washer in the sink for me.

A nice surprise in the reburb of our ship is there is some internet access at a pc in the lounge. Hopefully I’ll be able to get on and put up a few posts as we go.

4A lot of others braved the cold to try out their cold gear and the camera gear on some of the birds following the ship along.

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John was braver than me and rattled off a few while I was curled up in my bunk bed sleeping.

6The onboard doctor has been really good and we decided to try some different medicine concoction for tonight – apparently it’s a nasa favourite for the vomit rocket.

Day 7–Hotel Switcheroo Bring on Antarctica

Today was hotel swap day. Moving out of our little apartment and to our much more expensive and swish hotel to meet up with our group before the big journey begins.

When we arrived our room wasn’t ready so we were put in the late checkout room which is pretty nice – shower, tv, lounge etc. I think they forgot about us and that may have helped us somehow  score a MASSIVE room.

The new place is massive – massive bed, spa bath, lounge room, dining room, bar, “guest toilet” etc. It’s a bit fancy for my taste and there’s something about all the staff speaking English that takes the “fun” of being in a country where their first language isn’t English. Even though my Spanish is non existent and my phrase book has been getting a good workout for just single words, the sign language, pointing, and improvising really makes you feel you’re a long way from home.

Tonight we had our pre-departure dinner where we met some of the people we’re going to spend the next couple of weeks with. We thought by leaving from the Falklands we cleverly only cross the Drake passage once but tonight we found out the crossing from the Falklands to South Georgia is known as “the washing machine” and the Drake is tame in comparison.

We’re going early in the season so will be the first ship to South Georgia in the season and the 2nd ship to the Antarctic Peninsula. Tomorrow is going to be –2 (with windchill –7) so it’s going to be a boots and all intro to the cold bumpy adventure.

This will be our last post for awhile. On the boat to Antarctica we don’t get any internet – scary yes. I’ll be writing some posts but won’t be able to hit the publish button till we hit land in Ushuaia again.
 

John’s been playing with some hyperlapse. Here’s a quick glimpe of one from Easter Island – make sure you watch the HD Version

Day 6–Hike up Alto el Naranjo

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Today we got out of town and went for a hike up Alto el Naranjo.

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It’s a short drive out of the city except in peak hour traffic when it’s quite a bit longer.

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It’s quite a steep walk on very slippery rubble. It gave my new hiking boots a good workout. I really should have bought a pair of these a long time ago. I’ve been living with sneakers all these years and sliding down on my butt on slopes way less steep than this one for years.

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As you get higher you get a decent view of the mountains and a look over the city. It  is surrounded by mountains which seem to trap the smog.

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My feet were a bit swollen and tender from yesterday’s flight so hiking up a steep hill was not a good idea. I really started feeling it on the way down.

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I felt like a little old lady on the way down, shuffling with my hiking poles.

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The hill was covered in cactus plants with some cool flowers.

The afternoon was spent finding and working out how to use the laundry in the complex. Turned out to be fairly straight forward if you have small bills. So now we have a stack of clean clothes before we get on our boat.

Day 5–Back in Business to Santiago

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0V7C1068Spent the morning  taking a few snaps at Tahai in the morning sun. 0V7C1074After carting our National Park ticket around this was the first day John left his behind and of course it’s the day we get stopped and asked for it. The lady was very nice…maybe because I had mine and we looked honest?

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This guy has fake eyes but are very cool and draw you in.

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Such great light this morning we didn’t even need a circular polariser to get the amazing blues in the sky.

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Had been disappointed with the souvenirs thus far and came across a stand with some beautiful carved works. Nearly fell over when we found out the price of them was $1,500 US! Guess I know why they looked nice.

Filled up our little Jimmy at the petrol station – the only one in town so no need to advertise prices. It wasn’t too bad with petrol being about $1.60 /litre.

Then it was off to the airport and our flight had been delayed an hour. After going through security we heard our name over the PA. Our seats had been changed…..to business…woo hoo!

Easter Island was an awesome side trip, would definitely recommend it.

Wow – what a difference lay flat beds and decent food makes to a 5hr flight. I got off that plane feeling great. Thank you LAN.

Made it to our little apartment for the next couple of days and just made it to the corner store before it closed. We have internet that has a decent speed now (ie doesn’t take me 1 hr to upload 1 blog post) which will be much better for checking emails.

Day 4–chilling around Easter Island

1Woke up early this morning for sunrise only for it to be really cloudy and pouring down with rain. So meant a nice slow morning and catching up on some sleep.

Went into town for lunch and to get some more cash only to find the ATMs aren’t working today. Hopefully they’ll be working again tomorrow or it might be fun paying for our car!

Went and admired Rano Raraku from and distance and at Ahu Tangariki for a few hours just to sit in front and admire the massive array of 15 statues for awhile.

Had such a good time at Rano Raraku yesterday thought I’d put a nice range of pics here.

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This is the view as you drive up to the park at Rano Raraku. The side of the volcano is littered with massive statues.

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This a panorama from one of the viewing points. I waited half an hour to get this picture with as few people as possible.

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From the same vantage point looking over the most famous of the statues.

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On for the first guys you see along the path. He’s quite elevated to where you stand so is quite imposing.

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Bit of black and white to make them look a bit older.

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Gotta be the most photographed in the area. There was a couple who literally took pics of this one for 40 mins!

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You can see so much detail in the surface of the faces.

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Can still see the carvings on the bellies of this one.

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Big heads poking out of the ground everywhere.

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Such great subjects to shoot.

Tomorrow is my last chance to get a good sunrise photo before we fly back to Santiago at lunch time.

Day 3–Monday, The Many Statues of Easter Island

1We woke up early this morning  – something about jumping back 13hrs in time one day and then another 2 the next. The sun doesn’t rise here till about 7:30 am and we had no wheels so it was a slow start to the day.  We did get internet however, it’s slow but we can get a blog post out there.

1aWe had breakfast and got our wheels – a red Jimmy for our stay. This morning we sussed out a couple of my top locations for pictures. It was really overcast and an awful sky so the mornings’ pictures were very disappointing or needed lots of editing to make them look ok.

Tongariki#1 Tongariki – bad light in the morning. Could look good for sunset or late after noon.

Anakena#2 Anakena – a bit different as the Anu are in a beach setting. These guys are much smaller.

4#3 Ahu Kivi – The only ahu facing the ocean and on the west side so these will look better in the afternoon.

We found some lunch it started to rain so we headed back to our cabana and I had a bit of a nanna nap till the afternoon.

The afternoon was FANTASTIC! Beautiful blue sky and a nice amount of cloud cover. We decided to take advantage of this and head to my #1 pic for photos Rano Raraku.

5Our national park ticket only allows one entry here so we made the most of it and spent a few hours there taking photos.

This place is the quarry for the Anu and you can see where they’ve been cut out, ones that are half finished and a bunch sticking out of the ground.

This place is totally worth the whole visit to the island.

6 After being kicked out by the park rangers at 6pm we headed back to Tongariki to get some better pics in the afternoon light and it didn’t disappoint.

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Next we headed to Ahu Kivi to see how the afternoon light light up the faces.

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Finally we went back to yesterday’s sunset location of Tahai and the big shiny bally of fire in the sky did not disappoint today.

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Day 2–Sunday To Easter Island

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This morning we were up early to catch our flight to Easter Island. I was a bit worried whether the taxi the hotel had called for us would arrive or it would be lost in translation of my extremely poor attempt at Spanish.

I breathed a big sigh of relief at 5:30 am when we lugged our bags downstairs to find the front desk manned so we could hand over our keys and the taxi waiting and not wanting to charge an expensive  amount for the trip.

We arrive at the airport with heaps of time to spare. We knew we were hovering a slightly over the check in allowance on LAN (first ever for us) but they didn’t even blink an eyelid when they checked us in. We both ended up on aisles and it looked like a very full flight.

Boarding on LAN was very efficient with specific signs for row numbers. Once on the plane it was slightly different as it seemed we weren’t the only travellers split up but many of them trying to switch seats etc. After a lot of messing around we left 20 mins late and our 6 hour flight back towards Australia began. It was a very hot, long and boring flight for me with my entertainment system continuous broken.

We were met at the airport by Christopher the owner for the cabana we’re staying in. Very friendly bloke and took us on a little orientation tour of town. We quickly settled in and then went to see our first site – the crater edge of Rano Kau. The trail started just across the road from our room.

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It’s a volcano lake that overlooks the ocean but it resembles a witch’s a cauldron as it has big clumps of reeds floating in the dark water.

Then we wandered into town to find some dinner and see how the sunset over Tahai. Unfortunately there was a bunch of thick cloud so the sunset wasn’t very interesting. This guy has his eyes painted in white and is quite imposing.

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Then the walk back to our hotel and ready for sleep!

Day 1–Saturday To Santiago

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Today we are officially on holidays. After booking this trip over 14 months in advance it has been a slow countdown. It’s been a long first day getting up at 5am to get to the airport in Brisbane, to catch our flight to Sydney. Then a quick change of airports before jumping on our next plane to Santiago.

I’d managed to get us an exit row on both flights which makes a massive difference for us how we feel at the end.

Chile has a reciprocity fee for Australians of $117 US (ouch) which involves a long line at the airport. Fortunately they do take credit card.

Both our bags and us arrived safely and then we were off to our hotel. John immediately crashed for a few hours so other than going on an “essentials” run ($, water, snacks and dinner) haven’t done anything today.

Tomorrow we’re up early for our next flight 6 hrs back towards Australia (crazy hey) to visit Easter Island.

Moving an Existing Blog site

copy-header21 We’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging front for awhile. There’s a few reasons : we’re busy, we’ve been procrastinating but also we thought this would be much easier….

Our site was a Dot Net Nuke instance from a few years ago, hosted on our own server. Both had gotten a bit long in the tooth so we went in search of “a new way”.

We wanted something simple that we could use tools like Live Writer to help us with our posts etc. We wanted an easy way to move our existing content (mainly 8 years worth of blog history).

We looked to Azure first.

There we found a newer DNN install so we gave that a go. The base worked but the blogging module had lots and lots of errors.

Next we looked to WordPress on Azure

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On step 2 we’ve accepted the terms of use and privacy (which just mention excessive use, abuse etc. no mention of $$$ and setup.

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We were good to go, exported all our content and imported here using an RSS Importer module.

Soon after we started getting emails from ClearDb that we’d gone over our size limit of 20 MB and our database was set to readonly. To get it switched back on we would have to sign up to a paid per month plan. Looking that number of posts, pics etc we thought we’d endup in the up to 5GB size at $49.99/month US. Not a small price to pay.

So we just left it for awhile. On one hand I felt baited, on the other I was kicking myself for not looking at it further before we spent so much time moving everything.

I was annoyed there was no full azure option from the get go and I really didn’t want to spin up a whole azure vm just to run mySQL and set it all up again.

So after months of procrastination, I decided to give BlueHost a go. Much cheaper / month and has a default Word Press install.

In theory all I had to do was point the migration module at my old site and move it to the new one. Unfortunately it was so locked down now I couldn’t even install the module to do the migration.

Luckily we still had all the work we’d done on the original migration and could reimport or posts, and recreate the pages again. Way more painful but there was just something about paying somewhere between $10 and $50 to get my data back I was not going to give into.

So now we’re moved back again, and I can blog again, so no more excuses.

Learning To ride a Bicycle As An Adult

For reasons that are a whole other story I never leant to ride a bicycle as a child. It never really bothered me back then, and as a young adult didn’t worry me much either. I had my car license as soon as I could at 17, so who needs to ride when you can drive.

Then as we started travelling a few instances popped up where the recommended ways to see things were by bicycle.

Here’s my summary learning to ride as an adult. I still class myself as learning but I’m a hell of a lot better than I was at the beginning of the year

First time was many years ago when we went to Darwin. Here we decided the best way to get around the issues was to ride a tandem. Here we learnt a few lessons.

Me:  #1There’s these things called gears and if you’re not expecting it, changing down flings your feet off the pedals and it’s hard to get them back on.

#2 There’s some muscles in your stomach that you use when holding onto bike handlebars. I didn’t have these and could only sit at that angle for about 5 mins before I had to get off.

John: Never ride a tandam with me.

Second time we were heading to Xian and it was supposed to be nice to ride around the top of the wall. So we borrowed a bike and took it for a spin round the park. After 10 mins I was done and couldn’t walk properly for a week.

Lesson for me: I don’t have a bike bum!

3rd time lucky: We’re looking at Easter Island trip and a new places it says are good on bike. It’s 12 months away…should be easy.

What I did different this time:

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Step 1. Started on a trainer – we bought a trainer and we put John’s mountain bike (not pictured) on it. He had fancy cleats so I had to use his shoes. I spent every night for a week giving it a go. It was still extremely painful on my rear end with his very small and hard men’s seat and it was dead boring!

After a week, we bought a squish ladies seat and I stole his old bike pants and set up the spare tv so I could watch an episode of something while I was on the bike.

Only after I could sit and peddle constantly for 30 mins did we move onto step 2. This took me a couple of weeks till it didn’t hurt to sit, hold the handlebars for an Episode of House.

Step 2. Proper bike and lots of room. While John’s bike was great to make sure I would get to the end of step one without giving up, it’s way too big for me. So we bought a light, relatively cheap hybrid.

As an adult I have all the knowledge of what happens when you fall off a bike so a lot of my problem is fear. A lot of people said it was like driving a car, but I disagree.

When driving you usually learn: start/stop, steering then gears. Here you have to learn most of it in one go. I guess most kids start with training wheels and can start with steering etc. from an early age and falling over back them seemed to cause way less damage.

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Then we found the Murrarie Criterion. It is a big circle, very flat and 6 metres wide. Getting moving without stopping straight away was tough at first. While we’d set my seat to the “correct height” it was too tall for me to lift of and keep my balance, steering enough without stopping again. After a few heated discussions we dropped the seat about and inch and it made the world of difference.

We’d dusted off John’s road bike that’d been sitting in the house for at least 10 years gathering cob webs and the tyres didn’t even explode when we pumped them up (though they made some really freaky sounds). So off we went. I was set to an average gear and off we went with John behind me. I was stopping about every 1/2 lap (600m) with sore hands but after 2 laps what a difference it made. I was still pretty useless but had progressed. I was still freaked out by people anywhere near me and almost crashed into the one other person on the track. I was lucky they were clearly understanding of my suckiness. John quickly discovered his gears were a bit broken and was stuck in one gear, which is fine cause I’m so slow.

We went back the next week and introduced gears. I’d gotten a bit faster and could deal with going up and down. My hands were still getting really sore and was stopping about once a lap. I could now start and stop and go round in a circle without freaking out too much.

While looking at Cambodia – I spot a cool looking bicycle tour and we book it. So now I have 8 weeks to be able to ride 25k. Nothing like a deadline for motivation.

Teaching @bronwenz how to ride a bike, she is picking it up fast :)

Step 3 – Cornering

Before I had any chance of getting on a bike path, I needed to be able to turn. The criterion wasn’t good for this as it was a one way circle. So we left the safe confines and went to a local park and ride on a later afternoon on a weekend. Here I did a few laps of the car park turning in circles and practicing stopping in a hurry until my hands hurt too much. During this time I’m still on the trainer and building up how long I can sit there. I can easily watch a few episode of a series but here I don’t get sore hands.

Step 4 – Short bike path and gloves

I’ve found a flat bike path near home and off we go to try out my new skills. We go a few k’s slowly before my hands get sore, so back to the car with lots of stops. Sore hands affect my ability to change gears, so I generally start setting this to really easy and my ability to use the brake – this is much more important so I am aware of needing to turn back.

We do this a few times and I’m starting to be able to go a bit further with a maximum so far of about 6k. Someone else suggests getting some gloves to help with my sore hands.

I’ve built up a bit of confidence now so I venture out on my first solo ride on the bike path with my new gloves. I don’t think I’d have the strength to change a flat and hand pump to the right psi so I just go with my phone and enough money to call a maxi taxi home. I take it easy and want to see how far I can go. I make it all the way to one end and back. 16k – that’s the farthest I’ve gone now. There’s one nasty little hill I’m having trouble with, but I know the Cambodia trip is mostly flat, I want to get my distance up.

Step 5- Going the distance

I enlist anyone who will listen to go on a ride or two with me. I get put onto Strava to help me track my progress.

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We go for our first “big” ride when I find a bike path long enough and flat enough for my liking. 32.4k – that’s further than I’ll need in Cambodia. I’m feeling good. We keep riding as much as possible over the next few weeks leading up to our trip.

Step 6 – Achievement Unlocked

Feeling prepped we do go on our bike trip. There were a few dramas (you can read about it here). Riding a mountain bike on really soft sand in the heat is really hard work. I’m glad to get back to ride my little hybrid.

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Next Steps

So next up is Easter Island and Buenos Aires. Easter Island is going to be hilly, windy and rough roads. Buenos Aires is a bit unknown. It looks like they have a great bike network. So after a lazy winter and many weekends of torrential rain we’re back on the bikes. I’ve got 5 weeks to go to get a lot better at:

1. Hills – I may have to claim defeat on this one. I’m getting better slowly. I still haven’t go to the point of being able to stand up to help me up the hills.

2. Road riding – Cars are still scary. I can do super quiet roads by myself now. I can do normal roads with cars if someone is with me who will ride behind me and talk me through it so I don’t completely freak out. I still can’t do really busy roads or intersections involving filtering in traffic. Crossing roads is still challenging for me. I need a much bigger gap than most other people.

I have found Strava really good for seeing if I’m getting any better. There’s some hills I get up now without stopping that I couldn’t do before and I can see I’m getting faster overall.

Bike Paths

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This is a great summary of Brisbane’s bike network at the moment. For me who doesn’t like cars it’s a disjointed mess. There’s quite a few nice bits of path that just stop.

There’s lots of little paths, like one across the park that goes to nowhere.

This really limits my enjoyment and learning ability without getting on roads. The idea is there but it isn’t well executed. Many of the “bike ways” are more like footpaths which also make it really hard when there’s pedestrians on the path also. They aren’t really wide enough to have a pram and a bike at the same time.

My top bike paths.

1. Kedron Brook Bikeway – Goes from Nudgee Road to Mitchelton on bike paths. It’s fairly flat and there’s 2 road crossings that are fairly bike friendly. A lot of the busiest sections are divided into separate paths for bikes and pedestrians.

2.   Veloway1 – Goes from CBD to Holland Park  – It’s pretty hilly in places and there’s 2 nasty crossings on O’Keefe Street. One to cross and one to cross the busway. It’d be nice if the Holland Park end joined up to something else more useful like Logan Road. Getting onto the Velloway from the south is nasty with cyclists having to cross multiple lanes of traffic getting on the freeway. Really crying out for a little overpass.

Alternatively you can also go from CBD out to UQ, across the new Bus Bridge, past the PA and back on to the Veloway if you want a more interesting loop. Few roads and hills going out to UQ though.

Rails Girls Brisbane #3

Tonight we kicked off the install fest for Rails Girls Brisbane #3 . It was great to see lots of ladies attending and to see a large number of mentors to help out.

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After much installing we got everyone together for a traditional Friday Hug photo. I quickly rattled off a few pics to make a stitch as I hadn’t brought my wide angle lens with me.

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Over a couple of hours and drinks we got all the laptops up and running.

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Nigel opened up the night and explained the plan for the rest of the evening and what would happened tomorrow.

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It was great to see many more female mentors, a few who had been participants at previous events. Hoping to see that trend continue.

Young ICT Explorers 2014

yitce-logo-retina Today was Young ICT Explorers judging for QLD. This is my 3rd year as a judge. It’s great to see so many young people getting excited with technology and building cool stuff. It’s also great to recognise a bunch of the kids that have come back year after year with new and exciting ideas.

This year I’m judging grade 8-9 and some great projects to be had. Here’s just a sample of the ones I saw on the day.

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Brynlea with her ICTinMe 2 project which is a robot driven with body motion with Kinect. I had a good chat with Brynlea on this one and pointed her to the v2 which she was most excited about. Great to see her learning C#, Visual Studio and Kinect !

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We had a star-trek inspired radiation counter made with a 3D printer with some very wicked soldering skills.

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Nitro Fox was a cool little platformer following Dave who could transform into a fox.

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Daniel – who created a phone app to brighten people’s mood with inspiring messages.