Lindsey Holdren

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  1. Unconventional Conventions I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category May 11, 2013

    From a US point of view, almost everything in New Zealand is backwards. People drive on the left side of the road, walk on the left side of the sidewalk, and pass people on the left. The location of the steering wheel on the wrong side of the car really ...

  2. Trains: Pukerangi and Platform 9 3/4 I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category April 22, 2013

    And so the family departed from Queenstown and began the journey to Dunedin. As fate would have it, upon leaving the hotel lobby I heard the same song – a girl band remake of ELO’s Mr. Blue Sky – that had been playing when I first arrived (a circularity that ...

  3. The Lord of the Swings, Feasts Worthy of the Green Dragon, and New Year’s Eve I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category April 11, 2013

    I spent the last day of the old year doing the Shotover Bungee Swing. I jumped from over 300 feet (with a few seconds of free fall) into a canyon. I guess I’m beginning the transformative process of becoming an adrenaline junkie. The chaps who run the Swing are a ...

  4. Doubtful Sound I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category April 7, 2013

    Doubtful Sound is in New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park and was used as a backdrop in The Lord of the Rings (so of course we had to check it out). Fiordland is one of the rainiest places on Earth; the Cullen’s really should have relocated here and left Western Washington ...

  5. The Fellowship of the Ringers I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category March 29, 2013

    Kiwis refer to The Lord of the Rings fans as “Ringers.” My family is a rabid group of Ringers and we fed our hunger for all things Tolkienian (and my hunger for all things filmic) with a safari-style tour of Middle Earth shooting locations. We loaded up into a land ...

  6. Quintessential Queenstown I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category March 12, 2013

    Queenstown: The adrenaline capital of the world. A place that resembles Lake Chelan with more cityscape and greenery, overlooked by mountains and a great gondola. Downtown is lovely, hip, and clean with a small-town feel (update: downtown is also the site of a concentrated drullet – dreaded mullet – population. ...

  7. Adventures in Nelson and the World of Wearable Art Museum I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category March 3, 2013

    It’s our last day in Nelson and I’ve made a serendipitous discovery that I will share with you…. How to get an inverse Chaco tan in 5 easy steps: 1) Put on Chacos 2) Spray sunscreen on your feet 3) Scrap a few IQ points 4) Take off Chacos 5) Frolic in the sun for ...

  8. Nelson, Abel Tasman, and the One Ring I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category February 18, 2013

    On December 24th we made our way to the South Island and to Nelson, a city on the shores of Tasman Bay and the second-oldest settled city in New Zealand. Oddly enough, it has been warmer on the South Island than it ever was for us on the North Island. ...

  9. Frolicking In The Shire I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category February 10, 2013

    The Hobbiton movie set rests picturesquely in a hilly area of private farmland near the North Island city of Matamata. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves, but I want to add: if you ever visit, try to go on the earliest tour at 9:30 so that you have the ...

  10. Busrides, Matamata, and Wellington I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category February 3, 2013

    The eagle has landed! Bedraggled, exhausted, cranky. And oh so relieved. The weary family of travelers steps off the plane after an overnight and harrowing ride. My mother sums up our familial relief at being released from the confines of airplanes and breaks out the quote of the day: Mom- “My ankles ...

  11. Airport Apocalypse I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category January 28, 2013

    Journal Entry – Day 3 stranded in the Canadian airport bubble Life energy meter: down 18% Personal hygiene status: showered (success!), same clothes worn for three days (fail) I’ve begun learning my way around the airport – I’ve staked out my preferred computer plug-in, discovered ...

  12. What Would Have Happened I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category January 26, 2013

    The itinerary for today included a trip to the Coromandel peninsula and a stop by New Zealand’s Hot Water Beach. Sitting in a Canadian airport, I’ve had plenty of time to look at pictures and imagine myself exploring these little gems. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="450"] Coromandel ...

  13. ? I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category January 23, 2013

    My mother told me to title this entry “The Journey Begins.” But she is a happy and optimistic soul. I responded with an alternate title: “The Journey Attempted To Begin But Then It Got Beotch-Slapped In The Face By The Forces Of Evil, Inclement Weather, And Bureaucracy.” The foreboding signs ...

  14. An Uninfected Party (and a brief introduction) I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category January 23, 2013

    Ridiculous title, I know, but I’m victoriously celebrating the end of my bout with bronchitis (20 ish hour flights and infected bronchi mix about as well as orange juice and mint toothpaste). Also, I promise that this blog* will not be one giant Hobbit pun, though there will certainly be ...

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