Tag Archives: New Zealand

The Sword Swallower’s Assistant

Occasionally I’m compelled to write about strange encounters, many of which occurred before I started blogging. This is one of those stories.  The unofficial rule of attending comedy shows is that you don’t sit in the front row unless you want to become part of the show. This also applies to other shows where the performer is […]

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The Best and Worst of New Zealand

New Zealand is a country full of highlights. There’s got to be some reason directors keep choosing it for their movie sets, right? However. It’s not all roses. It’s mostly roses, but not all. Here’s what sticks out in my mind – good and bad – from one year in New Zealand. Best Waitomo & […]

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Strange Encounters: Christchurch

Whenever I move to a new city, one of the first things I do is scope out the local green space. I’m a big fan of parks because of their versatility. Run in them, read, take photographs, have picnics, whatever – it’s always nice to know there’s one nearby. In Christchurch, New Zealand, my park […]

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International Antarctic Center

The Next Best Thing To Antarctica

Traveling to all 7 continents. It’s sort of a standard bucket list item, except for that one continent that sort of gets in the way. Antarctica. I used to harbor this ridiculous pipe dream about going to Antarctica, where I would go all intrepid and film wild polar bears while giving David Attenborough-style voice overs. […]

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Hitting Rock Bottom

Walking down Queen Street in Auckland one day, I saw a man wearing a hairy gorilla suit. He was sitting on the sidewalk behind a cardboard box, muttering to himself. “F**k this,” he said, quietly. Then, louder, “F**k this.” He stood abruptly, ripped off his gorilla mask and threw it to the ground. “F**K THIS,” […]

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