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Homeward Bound

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 29 Feb 2008 | Views [640] | Comments [1]

Well, I've checked out of my room, and soon will be heading to the airport to board a plane back to the US.  The last few days have been great.  A few days ago I went to the Blue Mountains and hiked a bit.  The views were astounding.  They apparently ... Read more >

Tags: Airports


AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 21 Feb 2008 | Views [427] | Comments [4]

My first two days in Sydney have been great.  I wandered around Darling Harbour, which was darling, and saw the aquarium, which included some really interesting creatures like sea dragons (kind of like sea horses, but bigger and weird.)  Unfortunately, ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine

On to Australia!

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 18 Feb 2008 | Views [430] | Comments [3]

Wow, it's my last night in New Zealand.  I can hardly believe that this trip is nearly over.  I don't have long to write, but I'll try to post some pictures when I get a chance (if not in Sydney, when I return to the states!) It has been a wonderful ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures


NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 12 Feb 2008 | Views [456] | Comments [2]

I've been road tripping in a rental car for several days now.  The freedom and flexibility is nice.  From Wellington, I drove north and walked the Tongariro Crossing, a one-day hike through volcanic mountains.  There were pretty pools and geothermal ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Back in Wellington

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 | Views [421]

After Christchurch, I got a ride from an English woman named Susan to Kaikoura, a little beach town.  It was a cloudy day when we arrived, but the next day was sunny.  I knew I had to get moving back up to the south island, so I headed up to Blenheim ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Gallery: Kaikoura to Wellington

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 | Photo Gallery

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NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 31 Jan 2008 | Views [467] | Comments [1]

Wow, I only have one more month of travel--only three weeks of it in New Zealand!  The whole trip has been wonderful, but I am starting to really look forward to the options for when I get back to the US.  All of the traveling here has reminded me how ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation

Gallery: Road trip to Christchurch

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 31 Jan 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Leaving Port Ligar

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 21 Jan 2008 | Views [465] | Comments [3]

Well, tomorrow I'm off. This has been a very peaceful place to have spent the last two and a half weeks. I'm hoping I can carry that peaceful feeling with me. Next stop, I'm not sure...I'm going on a road trip with Brianna and Anna--Brianna is a Shand, ... Read more >

Tags: People

More Port Ligar

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 17 Jan 2008 | Views [490]

Here are some pictures from my time here. It has been wonderful the last few days--lots of kayaking, seeing dolphins, giant (more than 1 meter wide) stingrays, and jellyfish. Swimming is a bit cold, but I have done that too. Earlier this week, we had ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures

Gallery: Port Ligar

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 17 Jan 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Port Ligar

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 11 Jan 2008 | Views [831] | Comments [3]

I'm sorry it's been so long since my last update! The Heaphy Track was beautiful, and a good challenge for a first-time backpacker. The first day was along the beach, and my mouth just hung open in awe of the beauty. That night, I camped near the ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures

Merry Christmas!

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 25 Dec 2007 | Views [525] | Comments [5]

Merry Christmas!  I got two celebrations today--I was invited to the home of another woman from the church, and then we had a potluck at the hostel.  Although it has been nice, it still doesn't quite feel right, not quite like Christmas.  It's hard for ... Read more >

Tags: Party time

Mount Stormy

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 24 Dec 2007 | Views [469] | Comments [2]

Yesterday I had a first:  I drove on the left side of the road!  My friends let me drive their van to our hike.  It was fun.  I hit the windshield wipers instead of the blinker a couple of times, but otherwise I did okay.  Five of us hiked up Mount ... Read more >

Tags: Mountains

Still in Karamea, but scheming!

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 21 Dec 2007 | Views [452] | Comments [1]

I'm sorry it's been a while since my last update.  I have mostly been drinking in the slow pace of life around here and doing a good deal of reading and eating.  My new favorite snack is toast with Nutella.  I have been eating so much of it, soon my ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation

Gallery: Karamea outings

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 21 Dec 2007 | Photo Gallery

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Still at Rongo

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | Views [398] | Comments [1]

The last few days have been grey and drizzly, on and off, so I haven't gotten out too much.  I don't really want to plan a long walk or a scenic one in the rain, but it sounds like it might not clear up for a while, so we'll see.  That may be my only ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation

Gallery: Wellington to Karamea

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 10 Dec 2007 | Photo Gallery

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NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 9 Dec 2007 | Views [642] | Comments [7]

The last three days have been wonderful.  My "work" here is not too difficult--just keep the place looking decent, really.  And I'm not the only one in charge of doing that.  There haven't been very many guests, either.  So the first two days ... Read more >

Tags: Culture


NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 6 Dec 2007 | Views [392] | Comments [1]

I stayed at the recommended hostel in Nelson, which was indeed very nice.  Nelson has a sort of Santa Cruz-y feel to it.  People were walking around barefoot, so I figured the beach must be within walking distance.  When I asked, however, I was told ... Read more >

Tags: Mountains

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