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My name is Hayley and this site is first and foremost a hobby, an outlet for my creative impulses. I’m just your average person who loves to travel, albeit an activity that is limited to periodic bursts of anything up to a few weeks in length.

I’ve dabbled with blogs before, focused as travel diaries for a couple of trips. I enjoyed doing them and was sorry when they came to an end, eventually concluding that I had to set up a more long-term endeavour.

This will be an assortment of entries about past and present travels, the big stuff and the small stuff. While overseas holidays are the big highlights, especially when you live in a fairly remote outpost like New Zealand, I think it’s important to see the place where you live as well. So over time there will be plenty of NZ-based quick trips and events.

The blog name is a reference to my height – which can make long haul travel very long indeed… I live in Wellington and work as an IT programme manager. The best thing about my job is that it funds this blog and the activities within it!

About 30m underground inside the Vinh Moc tunnels in Vietnam's demilitarised zone. Not one for small spaces, I was rapt to find this 6ish-foot high passage!

About 30m underground inside the Vinh Moc tunnels in Vietnam’s demilitarised zone. Not one for small spaces, I was rapt to find this 6ish-foot high passage!

On the old banked oval track at Monza, Italy during the Formula One race weekend. Being here was a big personal milestone.

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  1. I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award. If you accept please click below. Congrats!!

    9 June 2012
    • What a sweetie you are! Thank you so much – I am very low key so I don’t expect this sort of thing. I can’t do justice just yet to the full acceptance criteria (they’re some rules eh?) but will hopefully be able to soon. I completely agree that you received a nomination 🙂

      10 June 2012
  2. I’ve nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog” Award! Check out my page for details – I appreciate this award takes time and work so apologies if you have received something like it before, but I hope you take some pride in the fact that someone appreciates your work! Have a great day.

    20 June 2012
    • Thank you so very much for the nomination Olivia! It means a lot.

      The thing I struggle with most in trying to honour the rules is submitting a list of nominees. Which suggests I need to put more time into building up my blog reading list! Anyway I hope to sort that out and accept your kind nomination soon.

      Congratulations on your award, your blog is indeed lovely – and maybe I’m a touch biased since we seem to have a similar aesthetic going on!


      21 June 2012
  3. Argus #

    Monza was bonza, no?

    Spouse and I live in a fairly remote part too—close enough to be exactly midway twixt pole and equator, yet able to say that further souther of us be only pengoons, open icy waters and the odd Greenpeacer. Enjoy your travels~!

    1 September 2013
    • Thank you. Remote controls are good, remote living is better! Sounds beautiful. And Monza was exactly that 🙂

      1 September 2013
  4. Hi Hayley! Nice to virtually meet you! And thanks for dropping by my blog. I really enjoyed Vietnam.. and I love your header photo. I look forward to reading and seeing more on your blog 😉

    15 September 2013
    • Hi Amit – thanks very much. We did ‘meet’ earlier as I donated to your Camino campaign a little while back – easy to lose track of people though in this virtual world! I’ll be following your journey with interest.

      15 September 2013
      • oops, sorry! but you’re right… 😉 thnx again for your support!

        15 September 2013
  5. So you decided to join the small clan of Uncle Spike followers Hayley…. That makes me a happy blogger now – I really appreciate you making that special mouse click.

    Hope you like my upcoming posts and if you get bored one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too.

    If you have any likes, dislikes or suggestions about my blog, just let me know, either through ‘comments’ or via email. Always welcome reader input 🙂

    Have a great old day…


    20 October 2013
  6. Thanks so much for dropping by “Honey.” We visited the South Island a few years ago. Loved it.

    23 October 2013
  7. I love following your blog Hayley! I am addicted to traveling and taking photos of all the places and things I experience and I love that I can travel with you through your lovely blog and beautiful photos!!

    7 November 2013
    • Thanks so much Janaline! I just wish I could get away more often. I’m often envious about the amazing diversity and experiences of your travels!

      7 November 2013
  8. This is such a pleasure to see~

    8 November 2013
    • So nice of you to say, thank you.

      8 November 2013
  9. Hi Hayley 😀 Thanks for the visit ! I’m tall as well 6’4″. It’s great fun up here in the clouds isn’t it ? 😉 ❤ Ralph xox 😀

    25 March 2014
    • It has its advantages! Perhaps not when it comes to buying clothes and shoes though 🙂 – thanks, Ralph.

      25 March 2014
      • I agree. I used to be able to get shoes and slippers my size everywhere and nowadays, nowhere except on the internet. I can still get clothes though.
        Oh thanks for the follow just now.
        Have a lovely day. It looks like it’s going to be a nice one here in southern Spain. 07:45am and the sun is just rising. ❤

        25 March 2014
  10. I can not find the comment section for the pics of Beijing. Maybe you have them turned off but these are really good and so interesting.

    5 October 2014
    • I greatly appreciate you letting me know Yvonne – I have no idea what happened, but I’ve now re-enabled the comments section. Thanks very much for the photos feedback! 🙂

      5 October 2014
  11. Good for you! Love that you travel.

    23 March 2015
  12. If you’re a blogger chances are you’ll have come across awards where bloggers are nominated by their peers for various nice reasons. They have a ‘chain letter’ element as the recipient is asked to nominate others, and on it goes. I’ve been an occasional recipient, a bad one as it turns out as I’ve never participated.

    However, I am about to partly change that as Chloe from has bestowed upon me the Liebster Award. By way of background I think this was originally intended for new bloggers as a way of boosting their profile; I on the other hand have been doing this for four years and don’t have the capacity to seek let alone maintain a higher readership.

    But such nominations are a nice consideration and acknowledgement and in the spirit of that I’ve decided to partly participate. I’ll answer the questions Chloe has posed as part of the award, but I’ll do it here rather than in a dedicated post, and in another demonstration of making up the rules to suit myself, I also won’t nominate anyone else. Not because there’s no one worthy, but because I can only properly read and follow a few blogs, being the sort of person I am, I don’t want to impose the obligations of the award on anyone else.

    So with all that said, thank you Chloe, your 11 questions and my answers are:

    1: Where is your dream travel destination? That’s hard, but in terms of expense and logistical effort, Antarctica.
    2: Dogs or cats? Historically, cats. They make me a bit allergic though. Growing up on farms we had working dogs which weren’t really pets, but Dad’s last one retired with them when they left farming, he was lovely.
    3: Do you have any hidden talent? I’ve struggled with this question for a number of reasons – perhaps we could extrapolate this and say my hidden talent is over-complicating the simple?
    4: Can you speak any foreign languages? No but I’m starting to learn a bit of Polish ahead of my trip there later this year.
    5: What is your favourite type of flower? Don’t really have one. I was fond of gerberas and chose them for my wedding almost 20 years ago, but that chapter of my life is ancient history so gerberas are a bit tainted now :).
    6: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I’d like to not have to work full-time to allow more flexibility for travel and doing things for my family. I’d like to be living (at least some of the time) somewhere near the coast or mountains.
    7: How would you describe yourself in 3 words? Aggghh! I’m going to pass on this one.
    8: Tea or coffee? Coffee. I should really quit but, well, coffee is my friend.
    9: What are you currently reading? No books on the go currently but have just downloaded a couple as research for Poland.
    10: What’s the first thing you see if you turn your head right? Our kitchen (and the pile of dishes waiting for me).
    11: If you have any pets, what are their names? I haven’t had any pets since leaving home 25 years ago. When I was little, our cats were Snoopy and Snigglepuss.

    26 April 2015
  13. Your site is really interesting. Thanks for sharing and congrats Hayley!

    6 June 2015
  14. Hi Hayley
    I work as a photo researcher for Fairfax Magazines in Auckland and it is possible that we might be asking your permission to publish one or two of the photos on this blog. In particular, I like the one of the boys at the greenstone Wall of Tears at the National Army Museum. Having said that, it all comes down to space available! In theory, would you object to us using one of your images in a publication called The Insider’s Guide to New Zealand and would you have the high resolution files available to send us?
    We would print your name as the credit for any pictures sent.
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Regards Angela Espley, Photo Researcher

    23 July 2015
  15. shyamal #

    Have you ever created a google layer for your shooting locations (with google my maps I think), which you could share? I’m particularly interested in street art locations in NZ as I’m visiting during the first couple of weeks of Feb ’16. I saw you had tagged street locations for some of your Wellington pics so I thought I’d ask. I used layers like these recently when wandering around Manhattan and Brooklyn.

    2 December 2015
    • Hi – it’s a good idea, would be a great reference, but no I’ve not created one. Perhaps next time as I’m collecting notes of other locations to go out and photograph etc, though it won’t be before your visit. Make sure you go to Christchurch, some new murals are going up at the moment – check out the Facebook page ‘Oi You’.

      4 December 2015
      • shyamal #


        5 December 2015
  16. Jim Noonan #

    Hello! I nominate you for the “Best Photo of the Old Banking at Monza” award! I’m sorry there is no prize associated with this award. Just another blogger’s admiration (and mild jealousy)! Cheers!

    4 February 2016
  17. Hayley,

    Sherry is planning to visit Kokoszkowy Parish next May. I would like to contact her with your Mum as she needs some some birth/marriage dates from the disk you got from Priest Marek.
    Her ancestors were the passengers Lewandowski, Kowalewski from the same boat “Fritz Reuter”.

    7 October 2016
    • Will continue this on Messenger rather than here.

      8 October 2016
  18. Storm Nathan #

    Hi Hayley 🙂 My name is Storm, I live in Motueka and it turns out we have common ancestry. My 5th great grandparents were also Matthias Fabich and Marianna Schroder,. I am from the line of Jozef Nicholas Fabich and Anna Zulenski ❤

    6 May 2020
    • Very cool to hear from you Storm. I passed that on to mum who replied: “As soon as I heard the name Storm, I knew where she fitted in. You are 3rd cousin to her mother, Virginia. Matheus & Marianna (nee Schroeder) Fabich are your 4th great grandparents, and Joseph and Anna (nee Sulewska) Fabich your 3rd. [spelling off LDS records]. Her 3rd great grandfather John (my great unce Jack) was a brother to my Grandad Bernie, and used to come down from Taumaranui to Inglewood by railcar to visit.” Really nice to meet a new cousin today!

      6 May 2020
      • Małgorzata Andrzejewska-Bancewicz #

        Greetings to Mr Storm.Nice to hear that you can make your family tree to grow and grow.

        7 May 2020
        • Storm is her first name! But yes, and hi to you Margaret, I hope you are well.

          7 May 2020

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