Hey guys -Â I hope everyone is well! Â I finally had some time to put together a selection of photos from my recent trip to New Zealand for my visual diary. Â Alyce and I attended the Annual Queenstown Update in Anaesthesia thanks to aÂ most-expenses paid trip courtesy ofÂ the Commonwealth Government. Â The conference was held at Millennium Hotel which is actually where we stayed. Â We were a bit shocked by the room we had booked for us when we arrived, but we were lucky enough to get a free upgrade upon arrival! Â Yay! Â After checking in, we explored the beautiful Queenstown – how have I not been there before? Â Queenstown is stunning! Â I could not stop taking pictures. Â And it wasn’t too cold either.
The conference itself was excellent! Â It was really well organised and was a great balance of lectures and down-time. Â Each morning started with breakfast in the lobby and a series of lectures leading us up until lunch. Â After lunch, we were whisked away to enjoy the icy slopes of Coronet Peak. Â We enjoyed some great food and wine at the conference dinner on the first evening, and I particularly loved watching the All Blacks smash Australia with my new New Zealand friends after the second day of the conference. Â Even though we were the youngest (and not quite anaesthetists), everyone was really friendly and both Alyce and I left the conference having made some great connections and learning a tonne!
We loved exploring Queenstown. Â I took a lot of pictures of the beautiful surroundings and plan to return at different times of the year to check out the landscapes. Â I’m particularly keen to try the golf courses that are surrounded by the Remarkables! Â Spectacular.
We also tried skiing for the first time too! Â Surprisingly, we were both pretty darn good. Â After only one afternoon on the slopes, we tackled all of the intermediate runs up on Coronet Peak. Â We even had a go at night-skiing! Â Please excuse the skiing photos – they were taken with a phone that was covered in condensation every time I went to use it! Â I just didn’t have the confidence to take my nice new camera on the slopes.
To top the trip off, I took my new travel camera with me. Â I picked up the Fuji X-T1 recently, and I am blown away by the camera. Â It is a joy to use – I’ll do a review of it in good time, but if you’re interested in that camera, feel free to inbox me!