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pricklyleaf
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

pricklyleaf

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Location: Manchester, England (UK)

Total posts: 1365
Posted:Hello <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

To add to the increasing number of UK spinners invading the world (from which I am making Manchester a hotspot <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/biggrin.gif" alt="" /> ), I will be setting off from the UK for a year or more of travelling on September 10th.

Itinery as follows, (dates yet to be finalised)

11/9/08 - 20/11/08 - Namibia and South Africa, passing through Cape Town and spending the most time near Plettenberg Bay

21/11/08 - 6/12/08 - Malaysia, seeing some Urang Otans - any other advice for sights to see, dos/ don'ts in this area greatly appreciated.

6/12/08 - 10/01/09 - Japan - Osaka to Tokyo, again, sights appreciated.

10/01/09 - 11/02/09 - travelling round Oz, flying in and out of Sydney, will hopefully be making it to melbourne and the barrier reef.

11/02/09 - 6 to 23 month stay in New Zeland, depending on jobs/accomodation etc. Will be staying near Auckland initially at least (on Herald Island), but intend to travel round and see the sights during my stay.

And possibly onwards from there.

So, I would love to hear from anyone wanting to meet up, who can recomend things to do/ sights to see/ places to stay/ spinning to be had.

I would love to meet as many of you lovely people as possible <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" />

Can't wait!

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Live like there is no tomorrow,
dance like nobody is watching
and hula hoop like wiggling will save the world.

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Rouge Dragon
BRONZE Member since Jul 2003

Rouge Dragon

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Location: without class distinction, Aus...

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Posted:I'd offer you a place to stay but you don't want to visit the lovely city of melbourne frown

What sort of things are you interested in in Japan?


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mcp
PLATINUM Member since May 2003

mcp

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Location: Edin-borrow., United Kingdom

Total posts: 5276
Posted:Japan = Ghibli Museum!

+ chistmas island - all those crabs y'know?


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jo_rhymes
SILVER Member since Apr 2005

jo_rhymes

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Posted:ooh, i'd love to go to the ghibli museum. Do they have a Totoro in there? A big cuddly one?

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pricklyleaf
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

pricklyleaf

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Location: Manchester, England (UK)

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Posted:Ooo, I've never heard of that, I'm going to look it now.

...Looks great, will definately have to have a look at that one.

@ Rouge, sorry I'm not going that far south, although there is nothing to say I can't hop across again at some point to explore a bit more, would be great to meet you. In Japan, I'm really interested in seeing some of the buddist temples, and that side of the culture, haven't had a chance to research anything yet. I hope the fact I don't speak a word of Japanese is going to be a problem!


Live like there is no tomorrow,
dance like nobody is watching
and hula hoop like wiggling will save the world.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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jo_rhymes
SILVER Member since Apr 2005

jo_rhymes

Momma Bear
Location: Telford, Shrops, United Kingdo...

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Posted:Holly, the great thing about speaking english, is that we don't NEED to learn any other language ubblol If they don't understand you just speak louder and slower ubblol

HEL-LO I AM ENGLISH, YES?! DO YOU UN-DER-STAND?


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Seye
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

Seye

Geek
Location: Manchester, UK

Total posts: 1261
Posted:Holly, damn you! Yet another great manchester person ups and leaves us.

On the subject of japan Kaz is always going on about the dome in hiroshima. Supposedly its the only thing that survived the blast and is now surrounded by a peace park.

In fact you'll have to drop over to chorlton (just moved house again)and have a chat with kaz about it. I'm sure she can tell you a thousend cool places to go in japan.

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Birgit
BRONZE Member since Jan 2005

Birgit

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Location: Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

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Posted:That's some plan you have there! I should be in New Zealand in early 2009, so put "meet up with Birgit" on your to do list smile

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pricklyleaf
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

pricklyleaf

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Location: Manchester, England (UK)

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Posted:Would love to come and have a chat smile I don't too far from Chorlton, let me know when you're free. (Although I'm fairly busy for the next 2 weeks so after that would probably be best).

Birgit - would be fantastic to meet up with you in New Zealand, I'll hold you to that one! (Seem a bit extreme for us both to travel to the other side of the world to meet up, but definately a great idea!).

What are your plans whilst your there?


Live like there is no tomorrow,
dance like nobody is watching
and hula hoop like wiggling will save the world.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Rouge Dragon
BRONZE Member since Jul 2003

Rouge Dragon

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Posted:Kyoto is a must see for temples and shrines.
Fushimi Inari

Kiyomizudera

Nara is a day trip from Kyoto and has lots of shrines and temples including one with a giant Buddha and lots of deer running around the place that you can feed.

Mt Fuji is between Osaka and Tokyo so make sure you stop in there.

Hakone is gorgeous so make sure you stop in there too.

Train travel in Japan is disgustingly expensive, so be warned there.

And don't worry about not speaking Japanese. I speak Japanese but the locals still spoke English to me. Somehow it didn't seem to compute for them that I was speaking Japanese! Although do be prepared for "wow! you Japanese is so good!" after saying "arigatou"


i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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WOFT
SILVER Member since May 2005

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Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Total posts: 209
Posted:Try be in Cape Town on a Wednesday - thats the local fire spinning night. If the weather is warm enough (September is still a bit dodgy), we go to one of the beaches on monday night. Give me a shout when you are in Cape Town, and i'll let you know when and where the meets are.

There is lady in Plet who spins/juggles/ CJ's. Are you perhaps staying with her?


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pricklyleaf
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

pricklyleaf

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Location: Manchester, England (UK)

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Posted:That would be great. I'm sure I can work it easily to be there on a Wednesday, I'm hoping the weather won't be too bad.

I'm actually staying in the crags, doing a project with WWISA. Not heard/met the lady you're talking about, but would be great to be in contact with her, as that is where I'll be spending a lot of time. Thanks


Live like there is no tomorrow,
dance like nobody is watching
and hula hoop like wiggling will save the world.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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aston
SILVER Member since Dec 2007

aston

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Location: South Africa

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Posted:If you get far east enough to get to Grahamstown, there is usually something on a Friday afternoon.

Otherwise, I am sure something can be arranged if you just pass through.


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"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here."
- Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

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pricklyleaf
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

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Location: Manchester, England (UK)

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Posted:Hi Aston, I will more than likely be passing through Grahamstown, again, I can try and work it to be there on a Friday. Wow, so much planning to do!

Live like there is no tomorrow,
dance like nobody is watching
and hula hoop like wiggling will save the world.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Gnor
BRONZE Member since Mar 2003

Gnor

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Location: Perth, Australia

Total posts: 5814
Posted:Come to Perth ubbrollsmile. Brissie, Melbourne and Adelaide probably have the biggest spiining circles though

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Is it Fair to all concerned?
Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?

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Moka
GOLD Member since Jul 2005

Moka

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Posted:While you're in Malaysia make sure you go to Penang! There are some really great temples (Kek Lok Si has a 30meter solid bronze Kuan Yin), Penang Hill is a sight to see... and not to mention the shopping!!!

If it's wildlife ur after, the snake temple in Penang is a sight to see... You can pose for photos and handle Pit Vipers!

I've only been to penang so thats all i can comment on in malaysia...

PM me if u have any more Qs



and as for ur Oz trip... Do come to Melbourne! biggrin Great spinning groups down here wink





PS: The food in Penang is second to none! I have no problem in saying they have the best food in the world (best tasting at least!)


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hamamelis
BRONZE Member since Jan 2006

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Posted:I can add a don't for Malaysia.. Do not, under any circumstances, stay in the Lonely Planet recommended hostel for KL. It is, without question, the worst place I have ever stayed in my life.

And that included a Kenyan Brothel my parents accidently booked us all into when I was 16.

The staff will blatantly steal your stuff from their 'safety deposit boxes' under the happy knowledge that tourists will have no idea who to complain to, and it's a total dump. The dorms were mixed, with no air-con, no window, and no fan, and boiling hot- they messed up my booking, they had bed-bugs, everything was broken..
Ooh.. it's getting me all wound up just thinking about it.

So yeah- don't go there. It's called 'Pudu Hostel', just opposite Pudu Raya Bus Station, and I can honestly say I got more sleep when I tried to have a kip on the bus station floor.


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pricklyleaf
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

pricklyleaf

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Location: Manchester, England (UK)

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Posted:OK, I'm thinking of extending my stay in South East Asia. It will cost me 60 I think to change all my flights. At the moment I'm only staying in Malaysia for 2 weeks, but I'm starting to really want to stay for longer. Is it worth changing my flights so I can travel round the area longer?

Any recomendations for places to visit etc, in that area.

The difficulty is, that because of Christmas, I would probably have to extend my stay until after the new year, before I can get into Japan. Is it worth it?

Help please!


Live like there is no tomorrow,
dance like nobody is watching
and hula hoop like wiggling will save the world.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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hamamelis
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Posted:Umm.. I did enjoy Malaysia, and of course there's Thailand and Singapore and loads of other places are very easy to get to from there.

Are you going to West Malaysia? As in the peninsula?

I really liked Pulau Tioman- a few small islands off the East coast, don't seem to get so much mention in the guide books, but very nice, cheap, relaxed, and good snorkelling, plus very cheap diving, if you're into that.

Taman Negara is good to visit, but leave quite a few days, if you want to see anything there you have to go pretty deep into the forest, and it's really slow going as it's soooo hot, and you'll probobly get attacked by leeches all the time. Still good though.


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keyarghah
PLATINUM Member since Jun 2007

keyarghah

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Location: Sydney at heart., Australia

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Posted:yay! when you make it to sydney let me know smile im sure therel be some people back from woodford/peats ridge fests by then.. we spin, like, everyday, somewhere smile primary days are mondays, wednesday nights (juggling) and thursday nights (fire)
x


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pricklyleaf
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

pricklyleaf

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Location: Manchester, England (UK)

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Posted:As I can't seem to edit my original post, I'm going to bump the thread.

I'm leaving in a week! Woo hoo!

So anyone in South Africa to start off with, would love to come and meet you! :-)


Live like there is no tomorrow,
dance like nobody is watching
and hula hoop like wiggling will save the world.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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aston
SILVER Member since Dec 2007

aston

Unofficial Chairperson of Squirrel Defense League
Location: South Africa

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Posted:Did you get my pm?

Managed to get a contact in Cape Town.

And, again, if you make it through Grahamstown, something may be happening. smile


'We're all mad here. I'm mad, you're mad." [said the Cat.]
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here."
- Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

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