Tag Archives: New Zealand

a home among no houses

I love where I live. I can’t deny that, and often I profess it to people without needing to hear them ask where I live. I tell them about the garden, about the massive clawfoot bathtub in our wood-detailed bathroom, … Continue reading

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bake at 30C and leave to rest

It was still dark when I woke up. The house was quiet. Finally. But it was 5 a.m. My landlady and her husband had returned from Australia the day before after two and a half weeks of watching her son’s … Continue reading

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right side. left side.

At the intersection I have to remind myself to look centre of road and keep my body there. Drive on the left. I repeat it in my head continuously down these narrow roads. Drive left. Drive left. Right turns are … Continue reading

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if this is it

The coolest part about living on an island in the far corner of the world is that the rest of the world is a place I can truly say is quite far away – on so many levels. There’s a … Continue reading

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calling summer

Somewhere out beyond the clouds I know the sun is preparing to make its grand entrance into summer here. But alas, it has only cast it’s wonderous heating rays on us for a few hours since my arrival four days … Continue reading

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what to pack?

I bought an Osprey Aura 65L backpack. Overkill, right? The luggage I had originally purchased didn’t seem to fit with my ideas of my travel in my coming years, so I returned it to Macy’s and got my $145 back. … Continue reading

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twenty-three days and counting

Rarely do I feel the childish excitement and anticipation that usually precedes a monumental life experience. It kind of sucks. I’d like to get giddy and silly and bouncingly-happy about things, but I often find when I do that things … Continue reading

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as for now

When I saw Dave in San Diego I gave him a jade necklace I picked out for him in New Zealand. He had given me his pin necklace before I had left, so I felt that I had to replace … Continue reading

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T-minus 15 days

A few months ago, perhaps four, I met a guy in a random and haphazard way. We were drinking at the fire and for some reason or beer-reason I felt compelled to kiss him. Now I know men fairly well … Continue reading

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I, like God, do not play with dice

I often thought that some poetic or romantic moment was supposed to precede a big life change. Like there I’d be standing in an airport having some moment of doubt about my place in life and this orange-clad, chanting monk … Continue reading

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