Saturday, October 30, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
random things about new zealand that made me feel good:
dry grass in the sun
long afternoon shadows
watching the sun set with good friends
a lonely high desert highway
a quirky giant game of chess
self portrait in a phone booth
and a gondola ride with my hubby overlooking queenstown
not surprising that new zealand reminded me of home...it's very reminiscent of northern california and the pacific northwest. a couple things of particular note:
meg, the sheep dog. i grew up with working dogs and love them.
wool blankets. i love the weight and the warmth of a wool blanket. love.
organic and earth friendly everything.
small town post offices and
the best part about driving new zealand:
touring the back roads and stumbling across great bridges
stopping at as many fruit or fish and chip stands as you like
pulling over to the perfect spot to lay back and nap in the warm breeze
Friday, October 15, 2010
two things I loved about dunedin (pronounced dune eee din):
a restaurant filled with with kitschy collectibles...I literally found myself drooling over all of the vintage coffee carafes, and delicious food to boot
hiking miles in the dark at 4 in the morning across sand dunes and around huge sleeping sea lions to a hut on a lookout point where we sat and drank hot cider, ate muffins and watched the yellow eyed penguins make their daily trek down a steep trail to the water from their nests. it was barely light but we saw them and it was like finding a treasure. magic really. our guide, steven, was a local professor, originally from ireland. he studied penguins in antarctica and south africa and his love of penguins was contagious.
decided to recap last year's trip to new zealand in list form given that most of my blogging is now done with the little spaghetti (aka lincoln) stuck to me. some of my favorites:
going from fall in portland to all of the springtime goodness new zealand had to offer
gorgeous wool...everywhere and in every form
visiting friends, corey and amanda
meals of fresh seafood (most of which came with fries in baskets breaded and fried to perfection of which I LOVE to drench in malt vinegar and dip in tartar sauce)
my very favorite new zealand moment by far was in our hotel bathroom in queenstown with a barely positive pregnancy test (which, if you've ever lived in the world of taking these tests, the faintest positive pretty much means you've got a little spaghetti in the oven). now looking back, I wish I would have taken a self portrait in the mirror. I was glowing.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
the sydney opera house was quite extraordinary. both from a distance and up close. although we didn't get to a show, I'm sure the experience from within takes it to a whole new level. next time. you always have to leave a little something for next time, right?
hands down the best food in sydney (mind you we were only there for a few days) was the chinatown street food. granted, I can eat dumplings and steam buns for breakfast lunch and dinner like there is no tomorrow. also, the malaysian food at mamak. seriously delicious and worth the wait.
I stumbled on the coolest lomography store in paddington, sydney. little lomo museum actually. was especially fun since I was toting the holga on this trip. also, bookstore neon light, I agree with you, it is beautiful here. there, in sydney, that is.
james, aka the official aussie citizen, aka one of my favorite peoples. my very very very favorite part of hanging with james is laughing with him. hands down. people watching in hyde park along with the brilliant photo display.
happening upon mr. bo jangles, full of smiles, admiring the photo taken of him as part of said brilliant photo display.
flying solo in sydney for a few days while greg was visiting coworkers in adelaide meant riding buses to neighborhoods lined with boutiques and coffee shops and walking, lots and lots of walking. and pretty much the best cherry chocolate chip muffin ever. so good so, that I consumed it entirely before even having a thought to take its picture.