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A few months removed from the 2016 Olympic Games I’ve finally put words to a page on my time in Rio. Off the bat — and to keep things to the point if this is all you read — it’s hard to call 2016 anything short of successful. From a performance perspective, we saw incredible results and in the case of Canadian and New Zealand OCs, near record medal hauls. Great Britain… Read More

After realising the most economical – and most awesome – path back to New Zealand would lead me towards Europe for the first time in my life it forced me to make decisions on where to go and what to see on this whistle-stop tour. After three months logging serious kilometres on buses around South America I was over the idea of any time consuming or overnight travel, so my soft play… Read More

I’ve spent the last few months of my trip essentially winging it. Never booking the next stage of my trip before completing the most recent. Be it travel by plane, train, bus or… camel? With a return deadline to NZ approaching quickly I conducted some heavy research on options back. Counter intuitively, from Eastern South America the cheapest option was via Europe and after scanning some flights/routes I came across a suspiciously cheap… Read More

In line with other video updates, I’ll keep the copy to a minimum: Here’s a highlight reel from the Salar de Uyuni (Salt Flats) trip, which went from Uyuni, Bolivia to San Pedro, Chile. This three-day; two-night trip is a massive highlight on my South American adventure and the Salt Flats themselves were a catalyst to me deciding to head south and not north six weeks ago, and after this experience, I know… Read More

It’s been done for a few weeks now but the Bolivian Internet Gods weren’t wanting to let this YouTube video go live. Here’s the final highlight video from our time at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Once in a lifetime experience.

After three plus months on the road there are a few packing decisions I’m very happy I made and a couple others I wish I could do-over. Pati Valley, Chapada Diamantina Brasil. A post shared by Will Stew (@willstew) on Jun 12, 2014 at 9:50am PDT My original South American plan was significantly more logical than what’s eventuated. After our Gringo Trail of Peru my plan was to keep going north to… Read More

After an incredible two months in Brazil it was time to switch coasts for a whirlwind trip of Peru with a crew from BC. After confirming my trip to South America in January we decided July/August would be a perfect opportunity to all catch up  for an adventure – something that’s hard now that we live in Auckland, Vancouver, Red Deer, and Halifax. A post shared by Will Stew (@willstew) on Jul 22, 2014 at… Read More

It goes without saying, but it’s been a crazy month in Brazil and I’m behind on updates – written and otherwise. To keep it quick and easy… here we go: Got to Salvador the day before the World Cup started and parked up in the city through to the end of quarterfinal stage of the tournament – Barra Fan Fest & Arena Fonte Nova delivered; Moved on to Belo Horizonte to attend… Read More

I’ve been here before, I know this feeling: Nervous, can’t watch. Can’t – not. Feel sick. What’s going to happen if they lose? Surely they won’t… But, what IF? [expletive] … Fortunately I’ve been on the good side of this situation on home soil twice in the past few years – NZ’s 2011 Rugby World Cup victory & Canada Men’s Hockey Gold at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. To be fair though, it’s precisely… Read More

After our luck in sorting out the Spain/Netherlands game we were feeling pretty confident about our chances for Monday’s Germany/Portugal fixture. We quickly went from confident in success to a more realistic outcome of either watching the game in a bar or rushing back to Barra to try and get into the FIFA Fan Fest. After fighting the crowds only two of the six of us ended up in there (and in… Read More