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Elaine’s Ephemera

 

Captain Cook welcomes you to this weird post

Captain Cook welcomes you to this weird post

As the trip draws to a close, I thought I’d share a few ‘homeless’ items that haven’t earned their own blog posts.  Sadly, this will give you a bit too much insight into how my mind works and what my interests are, so proceed at your own risk. Continue Reading →

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The Lord of the (w)Ring(ing wet) (with apologies to JRR Tolkien)

Fiordlands National Park

In 10 quick days, we drove from the top of New Zealand to the very bottom, going from North Island to South Island with a four hour ferry ride through the Cook Strait (named after the good Captain, himself) in between.  My positive spin on the experience is that we never needed sun block, sunglasses, or short sleeved shirts. You’ll be interested to know that when it rains in the southern hemisphere, it does so in a counter-clockwise fashion.  (No, it doesn’t.  That’s just as silly as the notion that the toilets flush differently down here.  We know, because we watched.  Repeatedly, just in case of a fluke flush.) Continue Reading →

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Auckland … Rain, rain, go away!

 

Downtown Auckland seen from ferry.  Note:  sun successfully photoshopped out of image.

Downtown Auckland seen from ferry. Note: sun successfully photoshopped out of image.

The canopies should have been our first clue. Jutting out from every building, covering every sidewalk and plaza, permanent canopies shade the daily life of the Kiwi in Auckland. I use the word ‘shade’ judiciously; we’ve heard talk of that distant orb in the sky but we’ve not seen hide nor hair of the sun since we arrived on New Zealand’s (very damp) soil. So, the canopies did a reasonable job of protecting us from the unremitting rain as we attempted to tour Auckland. Continue Reading →

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