Walking Around the World - January 28th – March 8th
It was a truly fantastic experience to visit five countries, climb four high mountains (in my case – only two of us in the 15 went up all four mountains) and, personally, to visit four famous Test Match Cricket Grounds – my MCC tie worked wonders, getting me special treatment and giving me the opportunity to view the buildings.
Then there was the extreme good fortune that we missed the earthquake in Christchurch, I had stood underneath the cathedral spire a mere two weeks before it collapsed.
Unfortunately, there was a slight problem with the timing of certain things during the trip. We arrived at the Holiday Inn in Christchurch having had no sleep through the night on our journey from the Cook Islands, only to find that the rooms were not ready until 2pm, when we really needed to rest and clean up in the morning. The hotel didn’t seem to know that we would arrive early morning.
The day, combined with the 9 hour time change from Sydney to the Cavern in the Drakensburg in South Africa, was exhausting – It was 26 hours between getting up in Sydney to going to bed at the Cavern Hotel!
However, the holiday was fantastic – well done to the organisers: Jean Pierre Hantrais, our leader was fantastic. Surely Ramblers should put him on a pedestal as a supreme leader!