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A balanced approach

November 20, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Looking back on the blog and the posts, it is obvious that we are painting a pretty rosy picture – and it is true, there are many really cool things that we are doing, but in the interests of painting an honest picture, it is only fair to give a balanced approach. Travelling with 3 children in a motorhome is really, really hard work –very taxing on both nerves and patience.  I am not sure that I will be rushing to the motorhome hire shop any time soon.


At times we are sure they are playing tag, taking it in turns to misbehave to make sure that the parents are run ragged. The two older ones have also decided that schoolwork is not their idea of fun, and have therefore developed a complete lack of interest and patience. Meeting other travelling families, we have been re-assured that we are not alone.

Bickering is getting pretty intense too. I like music – I don’t want music, I want jam, I want honey – “I WANT JAM HONEY!”. And so it goes on. Just kids, but 24 hours a day it gets wearing. The hardest days are rainy ones, and unfortunately New Zealand in spring offers plenty of those. As I write this post, we are just waiting for another storm to come through – brilliant!

Whilst I am venting my spleen, other frustrations include the New Zealand internet system – not terrible– it is absolutely abysmal. If any Kiwi politicians are reading this blog – sort out your internet – it is slowing your country down! When we do finally get connections, they are slow, drop out, expensive and inconsistent.

Finally chocolate is way too expensive here – there is no need for a Mars Bar to cost 90p!

At least the petrol is cheap.

Now, there is a balanced approached to make you all feel better.

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  1. Steve Bentley
    November 30, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Hi Alan

    Good to hear (at last!) that there is a flip side to all your fabulous blogs and photos! I remember a week in a campervan with the wife and 2 teenagers travelling through Utah and Arizona and that was enough. Keep up the blogs – I can assure you they are being read on a regular basis.
    Its freezing in Manchester today – think that winter has finally arrived after a very long autumn. The wife is on a march today as most of the public sector are out on strike about the austerity drive and effect on pensions and pay rises. Not sure whether I feel a great deal of sympathy from the private sector side. At least our kids are getting a balanced picture of the political climate in the UK!

    What are your plans for Christmas?

    • December 1, 2011 at 9:42 pm

      Hi Steve, Thanks for the update. We have successfully returned the camper and finding our cardboard box much more to our liking. Arrived in Sydney last night, just a quick stop via the indian consulate to try to get the impossibly complicated visa’s before we catch a plane this afternoon to Cairns.

      We are then making our way to Woolli for Christmas before staying in a hostel in the jungle for new year. Should be interesting! ( to be honest, Sydney for new year was getting expensive and complicated. ) Hope you are all well, I keep trying to ignore the news, but every so often a bit gets through and it always seems grim. It was meant to get better whilst I was away! I may have to leave more negative posts in future, I get more smug replies to those than to all the sunny beach pictures.

      Regards to all,

      Alan Sent from my iPhone

  2. fatclive
    December 1, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Bloody hell, we don’t want to hear the truth……………………..

    • December 1, 2011 at 9:06 pm

      I couldn’t keep it going any longer. In a camper, the mood is very closely related to the weather! Funny really, but I knew this post would attract the most comments!!!! Alan

      Sent from my iPhone

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