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Kiwibank comes to the party

I’m really starting to appreciate firms like PowerShop, Vend and Kiwibank. They “get” that given the opportunity, they always want to do right by the user. Thanks Kiwibank. A mistake was made and you admitted so. You took responsibility. An adult and respectful conclusion was made #winning. Though I would try to change the ability to take control over Visa/Western Union timeframes. Either way, I’m not about to jump ship just yet =] Here is the raw response.

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July 10, 2015
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travel

When Switzerland says “Haaay”

That’s Obersee or Lake Constance in the background.

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July 8, 2015
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travel

When Switzerland says Hi

After making my way through some quaint, narrow, back country German roads, I make my way into Switzerland. Welcomed by a stinking hot day, green lush fields and a mountain range in the background. Looking super forward to passing through those!

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July 8, 2015
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travel

Back roads

Set up the Navie to avoid all highways and toll roads. Took me on some picturesque Germany countryside.

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July 8, 2015
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travel

Bitchin'….literally.

Welcome to Bitche, France. Clearly this wasn’t a destination I “actively” sort out to visit. You can blame Garmin and the Navie for that! But what a pleasant little surprise! And in the centre, a citadel that you can see from the run into town. Something of a sight.

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July 7, 2015
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travel

Open borders

I love these open borders!

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July 6, 2015
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travel

Flip the coin.

My given name is Kyle. It’s origin is to mean a “narrows, channel or strait”, but it’s also has another definition. “The fair one”. I can’t help but wonder about the German soldiers whom stood and fought for their homeland. Much has been said from outside Germanys' borders and the condemnation of the Nazi’s (for countless despicable reasons). But looking at this monument quietly located through rolling farm lands, were these names not from sons, brothers and fathers?

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July 6, 2015
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travel

Wine much?

For those who don’t know, I normally reside on an island called Waiheke. Due to a barrier of water between itself and the “mainland”, the island climate & temperature lends itself well to grapes. So I’m clearly not new to vineyards (also have you landed at Blenheim airport?). But winding my way down into a valley that follows the Rhine, you’re greeted with what at first looks like rolling grass fields but turns out to be more vines than I care to imagine.

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July 5, 2015
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travel

Stranded in EU by Kiwibank

TLDR: Someone didn’t do their job. Note that this post isn’t aimed at anyone personally. I’m sure all involved were trying to do their best to resolve the situation. But Kiwibank, you can do better. Lets make amends. Current Situation. I have €22 Euros in cash. I have an approx range of 80kms of fuel left in my tank. I am 385kms from home base. Although I have funds, I have no access to them.

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July 4, 2015
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travel

Meet Option B.

As the old adage goes, when you get given lemons, make lemonade. I’ve been “eyeing up” the BMW R1200GS for a little while now. Being that it’s a bike that can tour the globe. And now with Agnes parked up in the garage being reserved for race tracks and autobahns, what better opportunity to check out how this bike performs? First impressions: The sheer size of the thing is daunting to start of with, but for a 1200, she is remarkably light on the bars.

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June 23, 2015
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motorcycles
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travel

The reality of a superbike

My F4 MV Agusta (Agnes) is a drop dead gorgeous piece of machinery. At any given stop tourists take photos. Even regular bikers at the Nürburgring pull their cameras to capture the red trim and clean racing lines. On top of the looks, she does one thing very, very, well. Speed. I’m not even close to harnessing her potential (yet). With a strong raw acceleration which sits you back in the seat and an ever present eagerness to always go faster, Agnes devours the road ahead.

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June 22, 2015
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motorcycles

All the major brands

All of the major brands. Kawasaki, Ducati, MV Agusta and Suzuki….

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June 22, 2015
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motorcycles