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Europe » Ireland » County Clare » Doolin August 27th 2004

I've been busy since my last update. I have been in Doolin for the last couple of days, exploring the Burren. The first afternoon, another Canadian and I walked about 8km just exploring the area, before hitting two of the three pubs in town. Yesterday morning, we hired bikes bright and early at 8am (after convincing the guy the day before to open an hour early for us) and rode about 8km out to Kilfenora, where there are supposed to be some spectacular high crosses. It turns out, two of the three have been taken out for restoration, but it was still a great bike ride, with perfect weather (a nice cool breeze, not too sunny). We got back around noon, and the other Canadian had to catch a bus to Dublin. I had the bike ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Clare » Ennis August 25th 2004

The flight from London was pretty cloudy, but when we descended into Shannon airport, the clouds broke to reveal misty green fields. Just how I imagined it! The bus ride to Ennis was spectacular--past colourful cottages and houses, past the Shannon estuary, where the sun brok through in a few places, bathing bits of the water and fields in that golden sun of late afternoons. I wandered around Ennis a bit in the evening (it really didn't take long, but it's such a charming place, with narrow winding streets). By 8:30pm, I was ready to go to sleep, but the South Africans in my room at the hostel convinced me to go out for a bite to eat, and to listen to some live music. I don't think they realized that I had just arrived off ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » San José December 20th 2003

We left home at about 4:30 this morning, to check in for our 7:10am flight to Houston. After six hours there, we were on a flight to San José. It was a long day! My first impressions of San José were all of the lights on the valley floor, and the ribbons of light leading up into the hills. Getting through customs and immigration was quite painless, and then we were met by Fernando, our charming driver who brought us to the Hotel La Gran Via, in the heart of downtown San José. ... read more
Santa Elena Cloud Forest
Avenida Central, San Jose
Playa Manuel Antonio

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island January 29th 2003

Once I finished university and got settled in to a job, I decided that the first holiday I would reward myself with would be a return 'home' to New Zealand. I spent an amazing five weeks there, becoming reaquainted with my favourite people there, and seeing how much the isolated country has been changed by "The Lord of the Rings" films.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington Region » Porirua August 10th 1995

Note: This is a journal entry from when I was an exchange student in 1994-1995. The photos have been scanned from the original prints. Living around the Pauatahanui Inlet for a year was amazing. It is such a beautiful place, whether enshrouded in mist, or peppered with yachts for the Sunday Regatta. I loved to look at it by moonlight, when it was all silvery and peaceful. The weekly Rotary meetings I attended were at the Paremata Boat Club, so I got to watch the last light of day on the Inlet once a week. I was lucky enough to go out on the water one Sunday during the Regatta, not on a sailboat but on one of the zodiacs that 'patrols' during the regatta. I got a sunburn after spending one sunny spring afternoon wading ... read more
Brown's Bay during the Sunday Regatta
Brown's Bay in the Mist

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island December 16th 1994

Note: This is a journal entry from when I was an exchange student in 1994-1995. The photos have been scanned from the original prints. The day after acquiring a painful sunburn spending a sunny day at a school friend's pool, I headed to the South Island on my way to walk the Milford Track (which will be worthy of at least one separate blog entry) on a trip organized by Rotary for the Youth Exchange Students in our district. The first night on the South Island, we were billeted in Christchurch. It was long, hot day driving from Picton to Christchurch--above 30C. We stopped for a break in Kaikoura, to walk out on the rocks and see the views. Christchurch We visited the Antarctic Centre, which was really incredible! It made me want to visit ... read more
Lyttleton Harbour
The Remarkables
The Holyford Valley

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo December 4th 1994

Note: This is a journal entry from when I was an exchange student in 1994-1995. The photos have been scanned from the original prints. I went to Hamilton for the weekend to attend a wedding with my host family. I drove up with my host sisters, and we made a few stops on the way there and back at places they thought I would like. It was an awesome weekend. Going to Hamilton, we stopped on the way at Lake Taupo, which was misty and magical looking. My host sisters thought I should see Lake Taupo's 'drain' as well, so we went to Huka Falls. The huge volumes of water in such a small space were incredible! We pulled over at Hatupatu's Rock, where the legendary Hatupatu once hid from the bird-woman that was following ... read more
Lake Ohakuri
Lake Taupo's Drain
Boiling Mud

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » New Plymouth October 9th 1994

Note: This is a journal entry from when I was an exchange student in 1994-1995. The photos have been scanned from the original prints. We went up to New Plymouth for one night. We were meant to have a game in Wanganui on the way up, but it was cancelled, so we had time to stop at Mount Taranaki, where we played in the snow left behind by an avalanche. There is a saying in this part of the country--"If you can't see the mountain, it's raining. If you can see the mountain, it's going to rain." Well, the clouds were high enough that we could see Taranaki (except for a few rogue clouds clustered around the top), and we could see the other volcanoes in the centre of the North Island--the snows on Ruapehu, ... read more
Avalanche Path on Mount Taranaki
Mount Taranaki

Oceania » New Zealand August 12th 1994

I arrived in New Zealand on August 12, 1994 to begin a year as a Rotary Exchange student. I was nervous and excited, but nothing could have prepared me for how that year would change my life. Gaining a thirst for travel was just one of the benefits I have reaped from my experience as an exchange student. It made me want to travel, but it made me want to experience a country, not just see it.... read more

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