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One traveller's day-by-day account of a year-long journey through Japan, China, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, America and Canada

and talk fondly of your own in person.

As Martin's stomach rumbled, shaking the glasses on the bar, we went looking for foodage. The pub had a huge backlog of orders, but we found the answer sitting just outside, in the form of a pie stall. So we sat down to put away a steak pie each complete with mushy peas, mash and gravy. It was a perfect Lahndahner moment, and I was so glad we could arrange a meet-up before I cleared off to New Zealand - early tomorrow...

Day 254: 12th October
Mai NZ
The flag of New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand

So goodbye, Australia fair...

Something in my mind couldn't see me coming back. It's not that I didn't enjoy the country - on the contrary, for somewhere I didn't initially have a great deal of interest in visiting (but thought I'd better because it was "on the way" to my true heart's destination of New Zealand), I had a fabulous time and won't forget the sights (and particularly the wonderfully warm people) in a hurry. It's just I can't see myself coming out all this way again when there are so many other countries in the world to visit - and such little time.