Well, I Can Laugh About it Now

She lives!!!!  Apologies for the radio silence over the past month or so, and thank you if you're still sticking around to read this!  My life has been going through some drastic changes these past few weeks for reasons I will discuss in a future post.  I'm in one piece, so no one panic (didn't... Continue Reading →

When Life Hands You a Food Truck

This past week, I arrived back in Taupo after a 3 week whirlwind tour with my wonderful parents.  And of course the second I arrived, threw my backpack down, and got a good night's sleep, I began to wonder, "Okay...what now?" The plan at the moment was to get a job in Taupo, spend the... Continue Reading →

The Single Woman’s Guide

I love traveling solo.  Let me repeat that for the people in the back.  I LOVE traveling solo.  It gives me the freedom and flexibility to be the indecisive, awkward turtle-duck that I am (extra points if you get that reference).  I can just pick up and go without consulting another human about making a... Continue Reading →

You’re Gonna Carry That Weight

“What the heck do you pack for a year?” Before I left home, this was one of the most common questions I was asked.  When you’re settled down in your own space, it can be difficult to picture how you would fit everything into a backpack.  So what do you really need?  Honestly?  The same... Continue Reading →

Peanut Butter is Definitely a Meal

When you’re traveling on a budget, some things have to go…like your standards.  This is especially true in terms of food.  When I’m not wwoofing, I suddenly have to face the cold hard truth that it’s my own responsibility to make sure I get food in my stomach. Food, like many other things in this country,... Continue Reading →

Zealandia, Orokonui, and the Ecosanctuary Concept

Alright everyone, strap on your seat-belts, we're taking a detour!  As an ecologist, I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to discuss a conservation strategy that (to my knowledge) is unique to New Zealand: the "predator-free" ecosanctuary.  This past week, I visited Wellington's very own ecosanctuary, Zealandia and I was just blown away! Something that I... Continue Reading →

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