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Packing for New Zealand and Australia

New Zealand and Australia in late November and December awaits. I am using the packing list I created for my Adventure around America as the basis for this packing list, but with some important differences. Although we will be catching trains on a couple of sectors, and a ferry on another, most of this journey will be traveled by flight. I haven’t brought myself to count exactly how many – something above a dozen… So let’s talk details….   Bags (Luggage) Samsonite Rolling Backpack This Continue reading →

Not a Pedestrian Life’s Antipodean Adventure 2017

After being in the Northern hemisphere for the last few years, Team Rabe is heading down South. The Southern Hemisphere and the antipodes awaits. It’s time for an antipodean adventure. As we head out on our next adventure together we are reminded of the risk of high expectations. We are open minded about what we will see and experience. This trip will be focused on exploring parts of New Zealand together for the first time and spending time with family, and then heading to Australia Continue reading →

We Bought Plane Tickets!!

We bought plane tickets! The last time I was in New Zealand, I was 13. I traveled with my brother and my Mom (Mum) from Hawaii on an Air Force space available flight, and we landed in Christchurch. Then we spanned the whole country between Queenstown and Auckland at least twice over three weeks. We also got amazingly ill and had to high tail out on a commercial flight back to Hawaii. Over 20 years later, Anna and I are going! The certainty of travel planning Continue reading →

A New Not a Pedestrian Life Adventure! Time to go down under!

This summer was an absolute blast – so much traveling around and in the US, for both of us – although obviously I traveled even more than Dwight, with the Not a Pedestrian Life American Identity Tour taking me to 29 states in 29 days! We’ve also been waiting for my permanent Green Card to arrive – which was what prevented us from heading to South Africa for the Two Oceans Marathon earlier this year. But, we’re almost there! And we are hoping that the Continue reading →

From New Mexico to Utah via Arizona: heading to Bryce Canyon 50k

We drove over 600 miles on the first day of our Utah camping trip. 600 miles from Southern New Mexico to northern Arizona. That’s about 1000 kilometres. We drove via Carizozzo, Pie town, Magdalena, Socorro, the Petrified National Forest, and Flagstaff, before ending up in Page, Arizona. Page is on the edge of Lake Powell and Glen Canyon – with both Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon within only a few miles. We wouldn’t normally have driven into Flagstaff on this route, but we had to Continue reading →

A teapot on the kitchen island

A teapot stands on the kitchen island. A knitted tea cozy lies next to the tea pot and the tea cups with their rounded bottoms and deep maroon colour. Their insides are a tea coloured off-white stained from years of tea which doesn’t come off no matter how much they are washed. Each morning at 5am, the teapot on the wood stove boils after the wood stove is lit. This kitchen was about 10 different colours when they moved in, the roof alone had four Continue reading →

I am a citizen, therefore I will vote.

I am a citizen, therefore I will vote. I am back in australia just at the minute. I’ll share more about why I’m here another time, but first I’ve been thinking about citizenship and voting. I confess that I wasn’t really aware that there was a state election in New South Wales approaching until a week ago. I saw the stern and serious faces of the candidates in the local newspaper waiting on the ballot order. I am registered as an overseas elector, and I Continue reading →

The hardest and most heartbreaking part of being an expat

Hands down, the hardest and most heartbreaking part of being an expat are the decisions around returning home to be with family as a consequence of family dealing with severe illness and/or funerals. It’s not the kind of thing that’s going to get you published, or really the kind of thing that you want to talk about. It is however a common experience and one that expats the world over just seem to get. In the six years I’ve been an expat (over the course Continue reading →

Time to sift memories: an archaeological dig of your own life

It was time to sift memories. Have you ever stored away parts of your life for years on end? Have you ever had the chance to go through, to search, and to sift through the memories? Had a chance to let go or rejoiced in the opportunity to rid yourself or set fire to parts of your life long since over? Conducting an archeological dig of your own former life is strange. Earlier this year, I had a chance to do just that. I cleaned Continue reading →