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Lost

…to be lost is to be fully present, and to be fully present is to be capable of being in uncertainty and mystery. And one does not get lost but loses oneself, with the implication that it is a conscious choice, a chosen surrender…Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost

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Destination

Moeraki boulders

Travelling up the east coast we took a slight deatour to check out the famous Moeraki Boulders. Location: HERE Geologists inform us that this scattering of septarian calcite spheres ( some up to two metres across) formed around 65 million years ago. According to Maori history, these boulders are the remains of calabashes, kumaras and […]

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Sweet as, bro

After some bitterly cold (but totally worth it) days in the mountains, today we woke to a New Zealand spring stunner. And to cap it all off, this is our free campsite for tonight. Location: Here It is, as the Kiwis say, ’sweet as bro’ (pronounced: sweet is brew).

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Our first earthquake

For our first dinner out since starting the trip we visited ‘Winnie’s’ a pizza bar in Queenstown that had an eclectic retro-sports bar vibe, and more importantly a large open fireplace. Here I quickly wolfed down a large veggo and a pint of Tomahawk beer, and then another pint. This induced a decidedly frisky and […]

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Destination

Slacking in Rakia Gorge

Up early we headed off with some excitement to pick up our campervan from Wilderness Explorers. She is a little smaller and a little younger than Ripley so we have named her Newt (SciFi fans will totally get this). Originally we were planning to head northwards, winding up the east coast of the South Island […]

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Nomads Around Australia

Nomads Around Australia is a new YouTube channel that features interviews with Australians who have embraced the motorhome, camper-van, bus-life lifestyle. Their first featured video interviews The Tripping Gypsies, a family who have DIY converted a 12 tonne bus and now live full-time travelling and working (they make and sell jigsaw puzzles!). You can subscribe […]

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An ordinary evening

It is an ordinary evening. Dinner is done and the dishes are either washed up or stacked not so neatly in the dishwasher. Kelly and I are reclined out in our respective favourite chairs, sipping on tea and deciding between watching one of the YouTube channels we follow or catching a French police drama series […]

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Floriade 2019

Kelly and I spent a magnificent spring afternoon strolling around the flowers of Floriade. Floriade is the annual flower festival that has been held in Canberra since 1988. It is now marketed as the largest flower festival in the southern hemisphere attracting over 300,000 visitors to the bush capital. I prefer my flowers wild and […]

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Global Climate Strike.

Today Juno and I went to support the students participating in the global climate strike. It is astounding to me that this series of global protests that will be held over the next week have arisen largely due to the activity of a 16 year old named Greta Thunberg who describes herself as a climate […]