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the slow life

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Pacific island life is quite different from life elsewhere. Not much excitement. Actually zero excitement. The routine has not varied for the past 4 days: eat baguette for breakfast (French colonialism is delicious), spend an unknown amount of time staring at the sea, read, snorkel, read, stare at sea, eat lunch, [beer #1] read, hitch a ride to grocery store to buy more baguette, kayak, swim, [beer #2] read, [beer #3]eat an early dinner (more baguette), take refuge in bed (mosquito net), read, try to keep eyes open until acceptable bedtime (9:30). I don’t think I’ve ever spent so much time doing so little, Something tells me the next island on our itinerary will have a little more action. Japan ahoy!Pacific island life is quite different from life elsewhere. Not much excitement. Actually zero excitement. The routine has not varied for the past 4 days: eat baguette for breakfast (French colonialism is delicious), spend an unknown amount of time staring at the sea, read, snorkel, read, stare at sea, eat lunch, read, hitch a ride to grocery store to buy more baguette,kayak, swim, read, eat an early dinner (more baguette), watch the crabs (what are they scurrying around for? are they really using that coconut shell as a digging instrument?), take refuge in bed (mosquito net), read, try to keep eyes open until acceptable bedtime (9:30). I don’t think I’ve ever spent so much time doing so little, Something tells me the next island on our itinerary will have a little more action. Japan ahoy!

sensory overload

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

The past week+ on New Zealand’s South Island has been a string of stunning alpine scenery and pristine beaches. I am feeling overwhelmed. Maybe I’ll spend tomorrow at the Burger King next to our motel, just to put a stop to all the prettiness.

We spent the past four days “tramping” near Christchurch. It was as good as hiking can get. Great scenery, entertaining hiking companions, cozy hobbitesque cottages to sleep in. This country kind of freaks me out. It’s almost too nice. Where’s the edge?

just hanging

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Haven’t even made it out of Auckland yet, but am already impressed with New Zealand. We were staying in this posh B&B in the middle of the “bush” with views of the ocean. The house was pretty much all windows, so it was like we were living in the middle of the forest. I haven’t heard that many cicadas since summer in southern Indiana.

We have spent most of our first days here hanging out with D. & M. and planning the rest of our trip to the south island. But we also managed to sneak in trips to surfing beaches, costal hikes and delicious fish and chips. Tomorrow we fly to the south island to see if New Zealand’s mountains live up to expectations.

becoming fine

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

The first warning that the sun is mean Down Under came on day one, when my travel companion got a slight sunburn despite long sleeves and a hat. Apparently one warning is all you get. Since the weather has been either “becoming fine” or “fine” ever since we arrived (apparently Australian newspaper terms for “partly sunny” and “sunny”) on the second day of our visit we went to the beach and sat under the shade of a palm tree. Sunburned! I was pretty impressed.

Other than that, we have been doing hot weather tourism, which entails as little movement as possible and lots of icecream. Nice.

first impressions

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

i liked Sydney from the start when an adorable drug-sniffing dog “hit” on my bag and “confiscated” a contraband banana. The first day was spent in a state of jetlagged happiness. Summer. Sydney. Nice nice nice.

damn, you’re beautiful

Monday, October 5th, 2009

My in-house party partner spent the weekend advancing the cause of international friendship by drinking beer in Munich (yes, it’s that time of year again). That left me searching for my own way to make the world a better place. So I took my credit card and went shopping in Amsterdam. Doubt that my expenditures alone will kickstart the Dutch economy, but at least I got a nice sweater. Wandering the streets of Amsterdam is a magical experience. Add it to your to-do lists. You won’t be sorry.

(photo credit: dachalan)

paris getaway

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Of all the cities in Europe, Paris probably has the most going for it. There are so many fantastic things to see, without the city feeling like a big tourist trap. And the food! And the wine! And the bustle! And the diversity! And the fast trains! We had already done the obligatory tourist stuff on previous visits. So we focused this trip on people watching and eating, even getting out of town one day for a quick trip to Orleans. Here are two pictures (Yes, I’m too lazy to rotate the one):

come sail away

Monday, April 27th, 2009

I really needed a break. Too much work. Too much worrying about things I can’t control. So drifting across the Ijsselmeer (there wasn’t really enough wind to make things exciting) over the long easter weekend was just what I needed. And it confirmed a long-held suspicion: holland is cute.

55 degrees north

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

There’s nothing like a bracing sea breeze to blow away all one’s worries. Sylt was absolutely out of this world. Unbeatable seafood! Sand dunes! Thatched roof brick houses that look like hobbit dwellings! It doesn’t take much to make me happy.

Plus, Sylt represents the farthest north I’ve ever set foot. Here are the coodinates: latitude 54-55N, longitude 008-21E, elevation: 16 m. As for the elevation, Sylt has lost a lot of coastline to rising sea levels. It’s such a skinny little island that most likely by the end of this century there will be nothing left of it. So visit while you still can.

For more photos, check out the entry below.

the eye of the storm

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Sometimes the best way to battle “winter blues” is to head for the epicenter of nasty weather. Or at least that is the theory behind two getaways we have planned. First, we will head for a long weekend to Sylt, an island in Germany’s North Sea. Then, in mid-November we are off to Dublin for four days. Not nearly enough time to do the city justice, but a nice change of scenery all the same. I’ve been thinking that these two getaways might justify getting a trendy new rain jacket. The one I currently have is literally falling apart at the seams. Yes, it has gotten plenty of use in the last 3+ years.