Kiwi Girl about Godalming town

September 12th, 2014

With its cobbled streets and historical buildings oozing history, Godalming is a quiet town, a delight to explore. Tudor buildings mix with Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian splendor. Its dainty eclecticism is delightful.

The town dates back to a mention in the will of King Alfred the Great in 899!

In 1881 Godalming became famous for being the first town in UK to have installed a public supply of electricity, and the first in the world to boast electric street lights!  This has been contested however – the Godalming museum has more details.

Godalming's cobblestone streets

Godalming’s cobblestone streets

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What a pleasantly smooth, easy job this was!  Pre-booking an Alamo rental car and pick up at Heathrow Airport, was trouble-free, seamless and super cost effective.

We had done our homework. For just NZ$43 a day, this car hire in the UK included insurance, named second driver, unlimited miles and collision waiver damage. To top that off, we drove away in a 2014 Vauxhall Astra diesel!

car hire in the UK

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Kiwi Girl heads to the UK

September 10th, 2014

All the ducks have lined up in a row. This Kiwi Girl is off on an adventure. Destination? United Kingdom.

It has been a hectic couple of weeks. Work to be done, house to be decorated, birthdays to be celebrated. Just as it always happens, once you’ve walked through the Departure Gates at Auckland International Airport, the rest of life’s chaos diminishes.

auckland international airport, nz

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The Vote

September 9th, 2014

Days of all days, years of all years, I’ll be away for the first time during New Zealand’s Voting Day: 20 September. Yet, half a world away in the UK, I’ll be there when Scotland votes for its referendum of Independence: 18 September. History in the making this week.

It’s an interesting political environment at the moment in New Zealand: lots of dirty politics, interesting ‘he says, she says’ emails being hacked and revealed, opinion polls, party debates and minor parties gaining momentum if not controversy, and policies struggling to be heard above the noise.

Meanwhile in the UK (Daily Mail)…

Daily Mail headlines 9 Sept

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My new New Zealand passport has arrived. It was the easiest thing I’ve done all year – painless, seamless and arrived 5 working days before I expected it.

So far so good on the road-trip front!

I have to wave goodbye to my old passport of course. It holds ten years worth of travel, stories and customs’ stamps, and it does come with some sadness to file it in my bottom drawer. However…

new zealand passport

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