Mexico uncovered

We often hear bad press about Mexico which can cause some misconceptions and unfounded anxiety about visiting this vibrant country. Just like any country in the world, there are good and bad parts, things you are amazed at, sights that make you glad and very sad, and places to avoid. Our brief experience of Mexico… Read More

Family reunited…

As we planned our departure from Europe in early February, we pondered the route home. Our daughter lives in Mexico, we hadn’t seen her for over a year or met her boyfriend yet; our son in NZ was keen to meet up somewhere in the world, but was particularly keen for snowy Canada. We decided… Read More

Expectations and reality

As we adjust back to life in our home country of New Zealand after our year-long adventure, a couple of people have asked me how or if our expectations were met? I asked Chris this and we had a very interesting discussion about expectations and how each of us had quite different views on what… Read More

Last gasp in the South of Spain

It was my birthday, and we were travelling back towards Sotogrande for a return sit with our friends Toots and Tiger Lily and their furry feline companions. Sad as it was to farewell the lovely Lucy and her parents Jim and Janette in the cave house, we were happy to return to another beautiful location… Read More

Cave living and prehistoric Spain

In early November, we headed inland to our next house sit, looking after an elderly dog in a cave house. Having experienced the cool relief of a cave house in the heat of summer, we were interested to see how they performed in early winter. Driving east across the plains from Granada, we detoured to Gorafe  where… Read More

Petsitting Pooches and Puppies

Once again (for the third time!) before arriving at our housesit, we were asked if we would mind if there was an extra pet to care for. We had met Jill while housesitting just up the road a couple of months before and been introduced to her lovely laid-back ladies, Maggie and Canela. Now Jill… Read More

The Alhambra

This was a special place, so I have decided to devote this whole post to it. We had been forewarned that tickets should be prepurchased – even so, when I looked at availability, the earliest entry time for the Nasrid Palace was 2.30pm. At least we had tickets, we heard of people who expected it… Read More

Italian interlude

The Cinque Terre and Milan seemed so close to where we had been petsitting in the south of France, we thought, “why not?” and planned an extra few days in Italy before flying back to Spain for our next assignment. Vernazza in the Cinque Terre was our base 15 years ago (for our family trip)… Read More

Springtime in Paris (again)

It’s been five years almost to the day since we were last in Paris in early April, expecting spring weather. Although this time around we didn’t experience the bitter cold of those days, it was still cool but the sun did shine and we didn’t need all of our winter woollies when out and about.… Read More