After a year of adventure and the unexpected, we’re back at our home in the US. We are settling into a life that is both familiar and unsettlingly different. I’ve gained some new perspectives over the past year, and I wonder whether they will endure: Friends and family For the first time since last December, […]
The Longest Day?
August 15th was 43 hours long. For us, anyway. Time zones are weird. We had always planned to return home in August. Our original dream was to spend two weeks on a beach in Hawaii before a triumphant homecoming with family and friends. Like everything else in 2020 that didn’t turn out as planned! In […]
Nate’s Review of Taupo and Rotorua
Food The food was good. In the first town there was a place where they would cook your fish. Also there was a good American burger chain that had a plane at it. There was also a local fast food restaurant that had great burgers. In the next town there was an ok American sandwich […]
Our last stop in New Zealand was Auckland. We arrived back in Auckland in early August, planning to see more of the city and to prepare for our journey back to the US. Things did not go as planned. Everything started out OK. We visited the Auckland Zoo, where we saw some critters that we […]
Northland & the Far North
Since we’d seen the southern part of the South Island, we figured we should also see the northern part of the North Island (Northland). We split the long drive from Waitomo into two parts, stopping in the small city of Whangārei for a couple of nights before heading up to the small town of Kaitaia. […]
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