Thought I would share with you all some photographs of my first trip out of the country in 2007, when I went with a team of about 60 New Zealanders to Dornbirn, Austria, to attend the 13th World Gymnaestrada. This is like a non-competitive celebration of gymnastics and dancing that is held every 4 years! It was so much fun - I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. About 20,000-28,000 people from around the world went to it!
Here you go:
|Flying over either Austria or Switzerland (from the air they look pretty similar!)|
|Austria on the Left, Switzerland on the Right - entering Austria over the Rhine river.|
|On our second night we had a big bbq dinner with the Australian team (they were staying at the same school as us), and we were treated to a traditional (I think) marching band performance.|
|Jaynie's awesome henna!!|
|With UK's (then) top gymnastics team! The bald one does heaps of parkour (street running/jumping etc.).|
|Hohenschwangau Castle - Black Forest, Germany|
|Neuschwanstein Castle - Black Forest, Germany|
Disneyland's castle is modeled off of this!
Click here to see how beautiful it is!
|From inside the castle, looking out!|
|Alice, Jaynie and myself with Neuschwanstein in the background (we are currently on a bridge hundreds of meters in the air over a small waterfall).|
|Myself and Jaynie, and our sexy raincoats hah.|
|Jaynie and myself bathing in the sun (I am so white it is blinding) in Bregenz, Austria.|
|Alice, myself, Melanie (we met her in Austria), and Jaynie. Mine and Mel's dad's are in the background chatting (Wally - Mel's dad - was originally from NZ).|
|Overlooking the beginning of the Swiss Alps!|
|Jaynie and Alice in Bregenz|
|Waiting for the closing ceremony to start in the 38 degree heat! Ugh. We had to wear track pants and these t-shirts. Too hot.|
|Final night in Austria! A lovely dinner with everyone and Jurgen's son's (Jurgen was the one in charge of looking after the NZer's while in Austria - he was super lovely!!)|
Hope everyone is well and are enjoying the start of summer (or winter depending on location), and hopefully everyone is as excited as I am for the fact that tomorrow is December which = Christmas soon!! And in 12 days, marks the start of the 2 month count-down of my departure from India!! Eep!