Boyfriend of the Year

22 February 2014

I was sure I would never do it. Never get married, never give up my independence. But life, it seems, has other plans for me. “Never” should now be replaced with “imminent.” I made the “never” decision after I got out of college, after I had traveled to South America on my own, had lived […]

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City by the Sea

18 January 2014

As far as the big cities in New Zealand go, I think Wellington is at the top of my list. We’ve stayed there twice now, once on our way to the South Island, and once on our way back from the South Island, and while our experiences were different both times, what we’ve seen is […]

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Rotorua: Sulphur City

25 December 2013

After Auckland, our next stop was Rotorua. The town is built in the middle of an active volcanic area, and there are steam vents and boiling pools and mud pits dotted throughout town. A distinctive sulphur smell hangs in the air as well, and we learned from the manager of our hostel that when the […]

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Auckland: Introduction to New Zealand

3 December 2013

Our entry into New Zealand was not a rough one. Despite the 9-hour flight, the shortest route from the U.S. to New Zealand, by way of Honolulu instead of LA, and the fact that we lost a day—Tuesday, Nov. 12 simply didn’t exist for us—New Zealand, Auckland specifically, wasn’t so dramatic of a change for […]

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Zion Canyon Showers

5 October 2013

We got rained out of one of the most beautiful national parks of the trip. We stayed for five days, and we kept the rainfly on our tent the entire time, despite the fact that we were camping in the desert. Apparently Zion gets 15 inches of rain a year. About 9 of them fell […]

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