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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 which comes with buying 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 →

Ultimate Guide: Newcastle and Hunter Valley Markets

One of my favourite discoveries in living in Newcastle has been finding such a great array of markets! At any of the Hunter Valley Markets you will find an array of craft, food, boutique designers, handmade and artisan products, local goods, and opportunities for charity. You name it and somewhere in the Hunter Valley and Newcastle region you will find a market to make you happy! It’s a big claim, but here’s my ultimate guide to Newcastle and Hunter Valley Markets: Newcastle Markets Hunt and Continue reading →

A jaunt northward: through the Hunter Valley

Heading north to the Peel Valley through the Hunter Valley, I feel the landscape change. As I head north by north west, we enter the hunter valley, and glide by the vineyards and row upon row of horse fences. Further north, the landscape changes again as we cross the great divide. And it’s not just the newly reformed roads heading north! Although, the new hunter expressway makes this trip about 30 minutes quicker, cutting the 295km journey that was previously just over 4 hours to Continue reading →