Monthly Archives: February 2003

Small Sulpher Town – Rotorua, New Zealand

It has been raining quite a bit here but today has turned sunny. Every now and then there is a sun shower which are always so nice. I arrived in Rotorua anticipating the smell but it really isn`t as bad as I was expecting.

The sulphur aroma permeates everything but the rain makes it smell less, they say. Maybe after a few days of hot sun, I may change my tune. The town is really cute with great shops and tons of bookstores which is happy days for me! I have been doing lots of relaxing whic read more

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Back to Base for a minute – Auckland, New Zealand

I did begin to feel a little bit of a cold and scratchy throat but that seems to have passed over the last day or two. Now I am back in busy Americas Cup hosting Auckland where I can look out Irenes` high rise student residence window to watch the ships and sailboats pass through the harbour. I leave shortly to head down the North Island where I will meet up with my new camera (YAY!) and experience all that this beautiful country has to offer. Hopefully the sun holds out and we get the late summe read more

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Half Asleep Relaxation – Tairua, New Zealand

Rolled into sleepy little Tairua which is shadowed by the tree laden Paku. We checked into The Flying Dutchman Backpacker which was quite quiet, lucky for me. Relaxed a bit as I felt I might be coming down with something.

In fact, I had one of the best naps ever here. I teetered between the dream and waking for a record 10 mins. What a surreal feeling. Even after I woke, it took a good half hour for my body to come completely out of the floaty relaxed state. I wondered if it was because I read more

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Rainy Day at Cathedral Cove – Hahei, New Zealand

A small group of us hiked down to Cathedral Cove today, despite the menacing clouds brewing overhead. The weather here in New Zealand changes quite quickly so we thought there would be a good chance things would clear up by the time we got there.

The walk was very pleasant with large trees and ferns lining the narrow pathways. The air was very moist and you could practically taste the nature. At times the path would become very steep but little steps carved into the earth help guide the w read more

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Hot Water Puddle Spas – Hahei, New Zealand

Laughed all the way to Hahei on the windey roller coaster type roads. Irene and I were in a silly mood and it was one of those giggly days. We jumped off the Intercity bus and onto the Loop bus after helping the elderly driver load on cartons of wine she was to deliver to the town restaurant. We never did eat there but the Church Restaurant happens to be in an old church converted into a lodge and restaurant. Someone joked about sleeping in a church and we thought that was funny. Hey, lots of peopl read more

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Krazy Kayaking and Spiritual Smokes – Whitianga, New Zealand

Irene and I caught a ride with Mike to Whitianga where we were blessed with some clear hot sunny days. I fully utilized the sun lying on the beach listening to the waves lap at the shore.

It was quite comical to watch the ever persistent Irene attempt to kayak (free use from the hostel) through the large waves. Just as she was only meters away from smooth sailing, a monster wave crashed over her overturning her boat. It would carry her almost 30 meters back to shore, right back where she read more

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Ahhh….to breath again – Coromandel, New Zealand

Woke too early (yawn) and jumped on a 7am bus from Auckland heading towards the Coromandel Peninsula all the while enjoying the spectacular scenery. It`s so nice to finally see so much green and lush vegetation. I get a good feeling about New Zealand and already I feel like my whole self has slowed down exponentially.

We arrived into Coromandel and immediately felt relaxed in this small quaint historical town. We wandered to Anchor Lodge Motel/Backpacker and were pleasantly surprised. Th read more

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New to New Zealand – Auckland, New Zealand

When I finally collapsed into my seat on the plane leaving Brisbane, I was so grateful that no one was seated next to me. It wasn`t long before I was spread out over three seats using the three small blue pillows to cover and cushion my head. I was lulled into a dreamy altered state of consciousness as the adrenaline from my last weekend in Australia waned slowly but surely.

It was a very strange feeling as the plane dipped and cut through the turbulence. I sometimes felt like I was flyin read more

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Summary of Australia Sector – Australia, Australia


It`s amazing how three months can go by so quickly and slowly at the same time. There were days in Australia which seemed timeless and others which I couldn`t remember what year I was in, let alone the month or day.

Bryon Bay was my first real stop which was a good pick as three days turned into twelve thanks to some extraordinary individuals who introduced me to Oz properly. My experiences in Bryon helped me to believe that magic really does happen! It is a spiritual ha read more

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Party right to the Plane – Brisbane, Australia

The train just left Brisbane. My hair is soaked and my heart is still racing. My whole body is pulsing to the bass that danced me like a puppet for the last 5 hours. All my muscles ache but the adrenaline makes me feel like I am floating. I feel so light. I look past my rosy-faced reflection through the glass and see the subtle change in the dark night sky announcing the beginning of a new day. Minute by minute the sun creeps closer and one by one the street lights dim to sleep. This is goodbye read more

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