Hold the eggs!

I am sitting in Auckland waiting for my flight. I am full of nervous excitement which is having various unsavoury effects on my body. Today I haven’t really been able to eat much and the thought of eggs on toast or soup made me want to… well you get the idea.

My packing went well, but terribly all at the same time. I have everything I need (and nothing I don’t) and I left most of my ‘maybe’ pile at home. Everything is just overweight, checked in by 1kg, hand luggage by 1kg and a really huge handbag. The only consolation in this is that about 5kg of this is gifts and NZ snacks for friends in Europe. You sure are lucky people! I have everything from greenstone necklaces to Whitaker’s chocolate and peanut butter.

Some facts about Shanghai (my first destination):

  • Population of 24 million in the greater area (largest in the world, and about 5 times the population of NZ in one city)
  • Home to the worlds busiest container port
  • It’s located in the Yangtze river delta in East China.

I’m looking forward to a complete assault on the senses.

I’ll be back later in the week once I have arrived in my next destination, London.

Amanda xx



Emotions, seasons and occasions

Next week I am starting a brand new chapter. On Sunday I am off to my first destination, Shanghai. I am happy, scared, excited, nervous and more than a little hungry (literally and figuratively). There is guaranteed to be a lot of fun and many challenges, which I will write about in future posts.

This week however, I need to pack. Packing is hard for me at the best of times and now I have to pack for one year (possibly more), four seasons (from sun to snow), five continents (from the sticky cities of Asia to the cool mountains of Europe), and many different occasions and activities (from the classroom to night clubs). After a couple of long(ish) trips I have learnt quickly that having the right amount of things is really important. A set of well chosen things can make travel much more enjoyable. The challenge this week is to achieve that!

I’ll be back later in the week to let you know how my packing is going.

Amanda xx