Setting Up Camp

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Setting Up Camp

Check out our new Campervan! This brightly colored camping-mobile will be our sidekick for the next three weeks as we tour the south island. Complete with bed and kitchenette, we should have everything we need for simple living. This type of thing seems to be hugely popular around here, as we’ve noticed by the number [...]

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Long Black, Flat White

It’s not what you think. Me: Hi, I’d like a cup of coffee please Guy Across the Counter: Sure. What would you like? Me: Just a cup of black coffee. Guy: What’s that? Me: Um.. You know, coffee beans… Hot water… Guy: Is that like a Long Black? Me: A what? Guy: Or a Flat [...]

Christchuch Crumbled

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Christchuch Crumbled

Christchurch. We are speechless. Being from California, I’ve been in earthquakes before. I’ve seen some damage, but never anything that could compare to what we witnessed today. Christchurch is still a distaster zone. The downtown core remains completely closed, with the boundary guarded by the police and military. We walked around the outskirts, trying to [...]

Off to the South Island

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Off to the South Island

A few pictures of our last view from Wellington, the Interisland Ferry, and the first shot of Picton (the first town on the South Island). From here, we head to Christchurch where the rental car company reports they are still open for business. Our final three weeks will be spent cruising the south island by [...]

Wellington

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Wellington

I’ve said how much I love other cities we’ve traveled through, but I think Wellington tops the list. It’s a great walking city with an active waterfront and so many things to do that the days rush by without notice. We originally just planned to pass through on our way to the south island, and [...]

New Zealand. It’s a secret.

‘Those islands near Australia where all the sheep farms are’… Yep, I’m probably one of those small minded Americans, but that pretty much sums up my prior knowledge of this country. Livestock, green hills, good mussels, and white wine excluded, I really didn’t know much about this part of the world. It’s not really the [...]

A bit of Italy in Auckland

We’ve been distant for the past two weeks- ignoring our precious website and undoubtedly disappointing our tiny band of readers. Never fear, we are officially back in the traveler’s path after half a month of farm work in a small valley north of Auckland. But first, an update on the last few weeks of our [...]

Legend of the Glow Worm

Buried amongst the bad music and embarrassing leg warmers of the early 80′s was a brand of animated, glow in the dark plastic insect toy, some which included an internal squeeze light for kids scared of the dark. The brand was called Glow Worms, if I’m not mistaken. In my little kid memory they were [...]