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loose ends

For the first time in two weeks, I find myself with cheap and unlimited internet access! Hooray! Not free, but I'm willing to pay for the chance to get fully caught up on emails and journaling without feeling like I have to rush so that Maureen can get back online. I'm back in Auckland (the […]

rainy day

Drove the tractor in the orchards for two hours this morning, mowing down the five foot tall (seriously) grass, while C, C, and Maureen picked fruit to fill an order. About a half hour in, it started to sprinkle, and only got worse from there. Soaked, sopping, drenched, cold, and covered with bugs and bits […]

krauts, croquet, and cape reinga

In the last six days, I have gone from being a tentative house guest to being completely settled in and finding it difficult to leave Maureen's.  While she has been incredibly kind and hospitable, making me feel at home and comfortable, I'm now finding it hard to leave because of the other house guests we've […]

all is full of love

I just finished checking my email for the first time in a few days, and I feel all giddy and happy and so in love with all of my friends.  I've said it before, but I'll say it again – THANK YOU for the emails and the updates and the comments.  You all are the […]


Sorry about the last entry's 'one huge paragraph' issue.  Paihia's internet cafe left something to be desired.  Like smooth-running internet.  Sigh.  In fixing the paragraph problem today, I lost the comments that Megan, Emma and Bryan left for me.  Saddies.  Thanks, kids, all the same :) 

Yesterday.  Hiking.  Got up early and packed up […]

blissful independence

Yesterday was a day for stress. Today was a day for sunshine and utter relaxation. When last I wrote, Andreas and I were somewhat stranded, but we had hope for work at a zucchini farm in Kerikeri. This is what actually happened…


a little short of breath and time

The place – Whangarei (fang-ah-ray). The time – 14.09 mintues to update. The situation – alone again!

FANTASTIC day yesterday with Germans – scenery: amazing, driving: hair-raising, adventure: very yes.

Between the five of us (+ 5 rucksacks and 5 smaller bags = VERY cramped), we managed to keep our fearless driver, Kathrin, on left […]

both feet forward

Today has lasted for an AGE.  In fact, I find it difficult to remember what I did all day – surely it's been two, maybe three days since I last updated.  But no.  One day…day two of the great kiwi adventure: significantly better than day one.  I ate breakfast at a cafe that had fed […]

unreal like woah

So, once there was this time that I was in New Zealand…

Or at least, that's what I keep trying to tell myself.  It is simply unbelievable to me that I'm here.  It's too big a thing to be doing.  And too lonely a thing, too!  Where are all of you people?  Why are you […]

korean food and camping

No, no, I'm not in New Zealand yet.  This last week in Cali with Beeker has been so much fun that I just had to write about it and share.  Here are the highlights…

Learning to play chess!  …and losing 2 out of 3 games.

Spending a morning with Elizabeth (close friend from high school), […]