American novelist Erma Bombeck wrote a hilarious book titled When You Look Like Your Passport Photo, It’s Time to Go Home. The big news in NZ is all about a French tourist who has been hitchhiking around the country, and although he doesn’t seem to know it, is looking suspiciously like his passport photo. One… Continue reading Another Sign It’s Time to Go Home
We haven’t done much exploring outside of New Zealand lately so we decided to take advantage of some cheap flights and flew to Cairns in northeast Australia to explore the Daintree Rainforest and Atherton Tablelands, all within easy reach of Cairns. This is the area we explored. I didn’t know what to expect. My earliest… Continue reading Australian Rain Forests
Over the years I’ve told you stories about the farm project, most of which involve me ending up somewhere out of my comfort zone as a result of interaction with large and small creatures and machines. Please be assured that silence doesn’t indicate the absence of thrilling (at least at the time) stories. Like the… Continue reading Farm Adventures—They Just Keep Coming
There is a tiny town in New Zealand called Blackball, population 300. It used to be a prosperous mining town at the beginning of the 20th century, but mining has disappeared from the region and now it is a very pleasant place with friendly and fascinating natives, a growing tourism business and arts and craft… Continue reading Blackballed 2016
On a recent trip to the South Island, we picked up a hitchhiker. He was a young guy from Germany who was taking a year off between high school and college and spending six months in NZ. His budget was such that he had to rely on hitching for transport and he was actively seeking… Continue reading Living In the Moment or For the Moment?
One of the many things I like about living in New Zealand is that it is the most open and tolerant society I’ve experienced. Ever since I moved here in 2001 the city has held something called the Big Gay Out on a Sunday in mid-February. It is a main event of the Auckland Pride… Continue reading Auckland Big Gay Out—14 February 2016
I know. There’s no excuse. I haven’t posted anything since our last trip and here I am writing about another trip. It’s not like there hasn’t been a lot to talk about. It’s just that the stuff that’s going on sort of speaks for itself. I have nothing to add. For example, I’d really like… Continue reading The Top of the South Island—February 2015