Noodles & Fish
Noodles & Fish
Goofing off since 2015

Early Retirement is a Bad Idea

It’s about time that I start talking about early retirement here. Now that I’ve been at it for a while I’ve noticed a few things. There is a lot of information on the web about the mechanics of retiring early – how to save, how to lower your spending, how to invest. But there is not much about what life is actually like once you stop working. Screwing around the world is great fun, and I’m lucky to have the opportunity to do it. But all too often people only tell one side of the story. I strive for honesty here, it’s not worth …

Long Layover in Kuala Lumpur or Singapore?

When I was looking at flights from Christchurch to Kathmandu I noticed that all the flights have connections in either Kuala Lumpur or Singapore. Instead of flying all the way, we could get off the plane halfway and stay for a few nights. That sounds like a pretty good excuse to eat some noodles. We’ve been to both of these cities before, so we have a pretty good idea of what they have to offer. So which city did we choose to visit for a few days? Long layover in Kuala Lumpur or Singapore? We decided to stay for five nights, which would give us enough …

The Cost to Travel in New Zealand

How Much Does It Cost? If you are considering coming to New Zealand you are probably wondering how much a trip here will cost. Now that we are about to leave we have an answer to that question. The following is the cost for two people for a nine month trip. Oh, and since this is the internet and everyone is impatient, I’ll tell you now that the answer is 42, just like in The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy. I’ve broken down our costs into four sections: Transportation – any cost involved in getting from one place to another. Sleeping – laying down is expensive. …

Lambs

We’ve completed a four-month circumnavigation of the South Island and are now back at Rick and Sue’s. This is our home away from home – we’ve somehow spent a third of our time in New Zealand on this farm. We can never seem to stay away for very long. It’s the type of place where we plan to show up for a week and without noticing it a month has passed. Time always seems to get away from us here. It’s a small farm by New Zealand standards, about 25 acres. Here this is called a lifestyle block – a …

Glacial Travel

I just bought tickets to our next destination, and although our departure is still five weeks away, the prospect of leaving so soon is stressing me out. I suddenly feel like I have to rush around to see and do everything we haven’t done yet. This must be what its like to have a normal vacation. We feel like we need to cram in a lot of places in our remaining time. I’m a big fan of going slow, having no agenda, having no plan. I don’t want to be herded with the other animals. If it is in the guide book, …

Central Otago

We’re still bumming around the mountains and loving every minute of it. For the last week or so its been a lot of time around Wanaka and Queenstown, NZ’s premier ski towns. They are both basically exactly the same as every upscale ski town back in Colorado. Queenstown is even bigger and perhaps more annoying than anything we have back home. They have all the same overpriced shops for the rich tourists, lots of good restaurants, and a shortage of affordable housing for the locals. Fucking ski towns, love em and hate em. Since we already are well versed in ski town life, we’ve …

Tramping on the West Coast

Three weeks ago we finally dragged ourselves away from the Nelson region, and have been glacially moving down the west coast. This side of the island is famous for having millions of sand flies, which are slightly less annoying than mosquitoes, yet more annoying than the related but less common vampire. Bug repellent, garlic, crosses, long pants and silver bullets are a necessity, although nothing seems to actually stop the little bastards from eating us. They find tourists especially tasty. The west coast is usually rainy, which is a bit of a shock to the system after four wonderful sunny …

Three Months

A few days ago we received an email from our friend Caitlin from Telluride. “Hey guys! I miss you so much. I know I say that every time so I hope it doesn’t cheapen the sentiment, but it’s true! We are doing a trekking trip on the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal. We think it’ll take roughly three weeks and we’ll fly there within a week after the ski area closes. We’re looking for a third or fourth to join us & I already know you’re ideal travel companions. Is this something you’d be interested in? It’s super cheap once you get there. Say yes. …

The Cabin, The Condo, Thoreau

I remember visiting Walden Pond as a young kid and seeing the cabin Thoreau built and lived in for two years as he searched for something out there in himself. It is a small, rough thing on the lake not very far from the edge of town. Coming from Colorado, this looked to me more like a groomed park than a native forest. If he was searching for solitude and he wanted to live in the wild he certainly wasn’t going to accomplish that in this place.  Missing the point of this expedition, I mostly remember thinking it looked like a …

Making Hay When The Sun Is Shining

The grass is tall and and the weather forecast is clear for the week, so Frank The Farmer deemed it time to uncover a couple of tractor accessories. These are, what look like to me anyway, blunt clunky rusty metal objects. They show their age, and have big ugly welds where someone has fixed a bit of previous carelessness. After an incident with the tractor earlier in the week I feel a little better knowing I’m not the first to make my mark. The first step is to grease and oil all of the moving parts, of which there are …

The Chinese Musician

Several years ago we took a five-week trip to Sichuan provenance China in search of the infamous Dandan Noodles. Landing in Chengdu, we immediately hit the streets and started eating everything we could point at. When you don’t speak any of the local language all you get to eat are things you can point at. I’m an accomplished pointer. After a week of pointing we were ready to get out of the city so we took a bus into the massive Himalayan mountains. While on this journey the bus drove over a pass which happens to be the highest elevation I’ve ever been. …

Van Life Is Good Life

Ernie is our van, and life on the road wouldn’t be nearly as awesome without it. Though not quite a full camper, it is pretty comfortable for a few nights at a time. We sometimes wish we had something a little bigger for longer journeys as it certainly isn’t big enough to live in full time. If you are considering van dwelling go for it, it’s great fun. A lot of used cars are imported from Japan and sold for next to nothing here. Japanese road safety and emissions  tests are very strict, so they end up dumping low mileage cars that basically have …