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Many Adventures of a Nomadic Poet A young poet with Asperger's makes travel his passion, and away he goes...

Christmas in paradise and seclusion

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 25 Dec 2008 | Views [1468]

It's Christmas! But for me it's not your average Christmas. Most people wake up to presents around the tree, a cup of hot cocoa, and lots of good cheer, usually surrounded by family. This year, I'm in seclusion, deep in a glacier-carved valley. I woke ... Read more >

Photos: Copland Track

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 24 Dec 2008 | Photo Gallery

On Christmas Eve I walked more than 12 miles deep into the Copland Valley on the West Coast. A good soak in the hot pools, combined with a sublime view of the Southern Alps felt so invigorating! On Christmas Day I spent the day out there, continuing to ... Read more >
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Whitebait, anyone?

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | Views [1674]

Two weeks ago whilst working with Ingrid at the store, a customer walked in and asked about whitebait. My response was "ah, that's used for fishing." Ingrid looked at me rather harshly and said "No, that's not fishing bait!" Feeling ... Read more >

Tags: food

Photos: Central Otago

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 9 Dec 2008 | Photo Gallery

Rocky, brown Otago is very different to flat, green Southland
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A case of Clyde-itis

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 8 Dec 2008 | Views [651]

Welcome to Clyde. Population: 918 This town may be a little dot on a map of the South Island, but it sure holds a special place in my heart. A wee while back I was thumbin' it near Milton (home of the "odd kink in the road") and I was picked ... Read more >

Photos: Clyde

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 8 Dec 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Gold and Greenstone

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 3 Dec 2008 | Views [1504] | Comments [1]

It was a day of trying to strike it rich in the Land of Greenstone (and in some places, gold). I got up at 10:00 and packed my tent, sleeping bag and a few other things so I could go camping tonight. I wasn't sure where I would end up, but I was thinking ... Read more >

Sutherland Falls

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 15 Nov 2008 | Views [1477]

Today was day three on the Milford Track. I was still in “dreamland” as everyone else was getting ready to tackle MacKinnon Pass. At 8:30 I washed up hurriedly and packed up everything and ran out the door. Since I walked up to MacKinnon Pass yesterday, ... Read more >

Mintaro Hut

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 14 Nov 2008 | Views [784]

Day two of the Milford Track trek! I woke up at 7:00 AM when I heard all the ruckus of everyone else getting ready to set out. I got dressed and then washed up. Laurel and I took a photo together with our bags to make it official that we’re Milford ... Read more >

Photos: Milford Track

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 13 Nov 2008 | Photo Gallery

New Zealand's most well-known of the Great Walks, it's a bit commercialized but nonetheless incredibly beautiful!
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Kiwi spotting

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 5 Nov 2008 | Views [1661]

Ian told me that if I want to get to Mason Bay before dark, that it isn’t worth it to go around the mud on the track. We went through the Paterson Inlet and then up the Freshwater River. Ian has to time the ride to go at high tide. At 6:00, I ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, beaches, kiwi, nature, wilderness

Photos: Southland

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 30 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery

Invercargill, the Catlins, Tuatapere, and the surrounding areas. There isn't much to do in Invercargill but I ended up here several times on my great journey.
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Photos: Dunedin

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 30 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery

Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula
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Photos: Oamaru

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 24 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery

Oamaru, blue penguins, and the Moeraki Boulders
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Photos: Taranaki

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 14 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery

The region of Taranaki includes Mt. Taranaki and any other interesting places, including New Plymouth, Stratford, Hawera, the Forgotten World Highway, and the Republic of Whangamomona
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Aotearoa tōnui ma

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 13 Oct 2008 | Views [493]

Today was another adventurous and exciting day in God’s Own Country. I awoke at 6:30 after having another strange dream last night. I’ve been having so many strange dreams lately, including one where I was in a prison and I climbed ... Read more >

Photos: Coromandel Peninsula

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 1 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery

Like everywhere else in NZ, this area is quite simply, breathtakingly beautiful!
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The farm in Whitianga

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 1 Oct 2008 | Views [986]

Mill Creek Rd., which is where I was headed, was very rocky and bumpy, and he seemed to enjoy driving through the rocks. He dropped me off right in front of the property. After eight rides and several hours, I was at my destination. It was raining, ... Read more >

My 24th! A Big Leap

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 20 Sep 2008 | Views [1087]

Happy Birthday to me! It was my free day today at the Dorje Chang Institute! I woke up at 9:30, had some Weet-Bix and a cuppa before packing for the day becuase I wanted to get into Auckland early. With my camera, credit card, and some money I hit ... Read more >

A taste of Buddhism in Aotearoa

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 16 Sep 2008 | Views [500]

Welcome to the Dorje Chang Institute! A Tibetan Buddhist centre where big love and wisdom is practiced and absolutely no living thing is killed. It's a 2.5 hectare "Garden of Eden" with the high-rises of Auckland off in the distance. There ... Read more >

Tags: buddhism, culture, people

Stony Batter

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 10 Sep 2008 | Views [1501]

"Yoo-hoo, today is a great day if you want to go to Stony Batter" Roberta calls into my room at 8:30 AM. I'm glad I did because I've been waking up a little too late the past few days. She was right, so I thought I'd seize the opportunity ... Read more >

Photos: Waiheke Island

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 5 Sep 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Friendly Islands to Friendly Fiji

FIJI | Friday, 29 Aug 2008 | Views [453]

The Friendly Islands are behind me now. I sure miss Tonga already! After doing that tourism geography project last year it was totally worth it to visit. Earlier my flight touched down safely at Nausori Airport. I went through customs and got another ... Read more >

Cycling across the island

TONGA | Thursday, 28 Aug 2008 | Views [2365]

Today was exciting and full of events on my final full day in Tonga. I woke up at 8:30 ready to make the most of my final Tongan day. I washed up and made a cup of tea and ate some Weet-Bix although I had no milk. Toni asked me to pay him tonight, so ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, cycling, islands


TONGA | Tuesday, 26 Aug 2008 | Views [875]

Today was my sixth day of my Pacific island travels. I got up at 8:15, washed up and made a cup of tea. I still wasn’t sure what I was going to do today. I walked over to Toni’s house and used my phone card to call Teressa, but I only had like ... Read more >

Around Tongatapu

TONGA | Sunday, 24 Aug 2008 | Views [994]

Another fabulous island day has passed, so I’ll tell you all about it. I woke up at 9:15 as I was hearing the distant church bells. It is Sunday and I should be headed to church today; I haven’t been in a long time and I sure love the Lord.... Read more >

Photos: Tonga

TONGA | Saturday, 23 Aug 2008 | Photo Gallery

Tongatapu; the main island of Tonga
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Friendly Islands....finally!

TONGA | Friday, 22 Aug 2008 | Views [2047]

As we were flying into Tonga, I noticed the island is dotted with coconut palms. I had brought a coconut with me, but when I went through immigration they took it. The official told me I can get tons of coconuts here. Grant wasn’t able to get me ... Read more >

The Journey Begins! Destination: Suva

FIJI | Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | Views [543]

It was a great first day on my journey through two of the world’s great island countries. It surprised me as I got off the plane that I didn’t see the Fijians playing their instruments. I went through customs and the official questioned the address ... Read more >

Luxembourg to Frankfurt, and then...home

GERMANY | Tuesday, 25 Mar 2008 | Views [1278]

It was my final day in Europe today. I actually woke up at 6:00; two hours later than I wanted to. I had to hurry up, so I packed everything, washed up and ran out the door. It was mighty cold out and I get surprised that my tires don't freeze solid. ... Read more >

Snow Day

LUXEMBOURG | Monday, 24 Mar 2008 | Views [868]

Today was my final full day in Europe. I slept in until 10:30 and when I awoke there was snow on top of all the parked cars. I made some breakfast and then tried to figure out what I was going to do on this cold, snowy day. I dressed up warm and walked ... Read more >

Taking it easy in Lax-embourg

LUXEMBOURG | Sunday, 23 Mar 2008 | Views [892]

Today was another great day in Europe. I woke up at 8:30 and everyone else was already up except Tristan. He's very generous and even allows us to have breakfast. I had corn flakes and a cup of Indian chai tea. I went upstairs and took a shower and washed ... Read more >

Gallery: Luxembourg

LUXEMBOURG | Saturday, 22 Mar 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Small town Germany to a Small Country

LUXEMBOURG | Saturday, 22 Mar 2008 | Views [1283]

Today was another fabulous day on my journey during the brunt of the European winter. I woke up at 6:30 and it was snowing out. Yesterday I was so excited to see the snow that I was playing in it. Anyways I took a shower and washed up. Ashley ... Read more >

Photos: Rhine Valley

GERMANY | Saturday, 22 Mar 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Bad Windsheim

GERMANY | Friday, 21 Mar 2008 | Views [2040]

Another day on my adventures in Europe has passed. I woke up at about 7:30 and washed up. Breakfast wouldn't be ready until 8:00 and Ashley wasn't up yet, so I waited around. I had a yogurt, a bowl of cereal, and a cup of tea. Ashley and her classmates ... Read more >

Photos: Liege

BELGIUM | Wednesday, 19 Mar 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Belgian Chocolate

BELGIUM | Wednesday, 19 Mar 2008 | Views [1205]

Today was one of my better days in Europe. I awoke at about 9:00 after finally getting a good night's rest. I washed up and Paul and I made pancakes with walnuts. We're making pancakes in a country that's known for its waffles. Bogdan wasn't feeling ... Read more >

Tags: culture, food, people

Photos: Brussels

BELGIUM | Wednesday, 19 Mar 2008 | Photo Gallery

I went to Brussels and the only sprouts I saw were any children I passed by
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Rough times in Amsterdam

NETHERLANDS | Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | Views [2250]

Today was the fourth day of my so called journey in Europe. It was a rather rough one. I woke up as we were crossing into Belgium from France. Belgium's highway system is so brightly lit that it is said to be visible from the Moon. I wanted to get off ... Read more >

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