How NOT to start your vacation (Hint: Check your pockets!)

Most of the time I like to consider myself a fairly organized person. In fact, I’d guess that the majority of the people who know me would say that I’m “organized” to the point of obsessive about some things. Which …

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Ten THOUSAND days!?!

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I popped onto my blog to look at something and was stunned to see that the little widget on the left hand side has passed the ten thousand day mark. How on earth can that be true? I’ll be the …

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Let’s Do The Time Warp (Again!!)

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As with all good things, this once-in-a-lifetime trip had to come to an end at some point. The transition from New Zealand On-Vacation-Gal to Back-In-California-And-Returning-To-Reality-Gal is going to be an interesting one! How did I spend my last half day …

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Maori Words: Aroha Means Love

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It’s definitely in the air at the moment. Valentine’s Day decorations and pink and red hearts are everywhere. Aroha is something that I have experienced a lot of while in New Zealand. From random strangers I’ve met in my wanderings, …

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Days Fifty Nine and Sixty: Waitangi Day in Sumner

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Christchurch is getting ready for a public holiday tomorrow (6th of February) and I spent most of the day as I have been doing… wandering around aimlessly and seeing what I came across. I’m not going to post much from …

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Day Fifty Eight: Halswell Quarry Park

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Just the best part of my day: an evening walk with friend Darryl and (borrowed) neighbor’s dog, Ava. It was the first time we had her in the car and OH MY GOODNESS the doggie excitement could barely be contained! …

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Day Fifty Five/Six/Seven: Where’d I get to?

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Christchurch, my friends, Christchurch! I’ll be wrapping up my time here in New Zealand soon and I’m staying with my (very generous!) friend Darryl on Tennyson Street in a neighborhood called Beckenham. For the most part I’m spending my days …

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Day Fifty Four: Taieri Gorge Train Trip

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This was it, the only other “must do” thing on my list for my time here in New Zealand: the day had arrived to take the train from the Dunedin Railway Station out through the Taieri Gorge to Middlemarch (and …

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Day Fifty Three: Larnach Castle and some Happy Hens!!

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Well I knew my weather luck couldn’t last forever, not when I was in Dunedin. I woke to overcast skies and a bit of drizzle. Not a full-on rain, mind you, just a bit of wet…enough to make my hair …

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Day Fifty Two: Getting out in the SUN!

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What can I say? I’m getting totally hooked on the idea of walking around Dunedin in the sunshine. Today found me turning left instead of right when I left my motel in the morning, and as a result I ended …

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