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Honeymoon: Moeraki to Oamaru

Honeymoon: Moeraki to Oamaru

April 9th, 2014 No Comments

Hello lovelies! Another week already and forward with our continuing New Zealand travels…

From Queenstown, we once again set out across the South Island, with not much more of a plan than to reach the east coast. Consulting the GPS, I found we we could easily swing through the tiny town of Moeraki, famous in tourist guides for its eccentric boulders.

The Moeraki Boulders are best seen at low tide, and we serendipitously arrived just as the water was lapping about their bases. It is a remarkably odd sight: the boulders appear like so many ponderous beach balls, half buried in the sand. Even more bizarre are the cracked and partial boulders, with their great, honeycomb veins exposed in geometric pattern.

We dutifully posed for photos atop the domes.

Or in them, as the case may be.

These photos we taken with some haste as the tide was rapidly rising. … Continue reading

No Rest For The Wicked

No Rest For The Wicked

April 4th, 2014 No Comments

Taking a brief intermission from honeymoon travel posts to bring you this new song from Lykke Li! Her new album, I Never Learn, comes out May 6th!! Hurrah! Can you tell I’m excited? For now let us listen to this track, “No Rest for the Wicked,” together…on repeat.

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Honeymoon: Wanaka, Queenstown, Fiordlands

Honeymoon: Wanaka, Queenstown, Fiordlands

March 31st, 2014

Happy Monday lovelies! And on to the second installment of our honeymoon adventures! This section of photos proved difficult to edit down, and while I’ve hacked away whole sections with all the finesse of a chainsaw, I hope you will forgive if not enjoy the plethora of lakes/clouds/crags.

From cloudy Christchurch, we struck out across the South Island to Wanaka, stopping for a picnic beside Lake Pukaki’s glacial blue waters.

At this point I should introduce our traveling companion: our faithful Toyota (nicknamed Rana since it liked to eat bugs) which performed masterfully over our month plus New Zealand road-trip.

Beautiful views across the lake towards Aoraki (Mt. Cook).


The water was far too cold for swimming, but Jacob took a moment to skip stones across its icy surface.

After lunch we continued on towards Wanaka, passing interesting geology which I felt compelled to document if even through the … Continue reading

Honeymoon: Sydney to Christchurch

Honeymoon: Sydney to Christchurch

March 28th, 2014

Hello darlings! Here it is, the first installment of our epic, six week journey. This post features our arrival down-under in Sydney, a brief visit to Canberra, and finally Christchurch, our first flavor of New Zealand.

Side note: We touched down (small joke) in Sydney a mere two hours before one of the most satisfying Super Bowls of all time, which we were able to catch in a friendly, though embarrassingly quiet, local bar. Couldn’t be prouder to be a Seahawks fan. And just saying, I totally called the whole thing from the preseason. So there. Ahem.

We were hosted by our dear friend and former college housemate, Tyler. The Sydney household could not have been kinder, cooking us dinner and making us feel quiet at home.

As a city, I quite enjoyed Sydney, particularly Glebe, the district in which we stayed. Exceptional thai food. Beautiful running tracks. Surprisingly, however, … Continue reading

Hello Home

Hello Home

March 24th, 2014 2 Comments

Hello my dearest strangers!! I am so thrilled to say that I am home, slightly less thrilled that I was unable to blog whilst away. Reintegration is in process and, after 6 weeks, I can tell you the task is a bit daunting…particularly when my mind is still somewhat lost in the world of the above photo. However, I am pressing forward and should have a first post for you shortly, complete with (seemingly endless) photos. Much love to you all and thank you for sticking with me through the long silences!… Continue reading