Unconventional Conventions

Lindsey Holdren
May 11, 2013
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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 throws me. I see people texting or putting their ... Read more »

Trains: Pukerangi and Platform 9 3/4

Lindsey Holdren
April 22, 2013
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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 is both awesome and terrible; "awesome" because... Read more »

The Lord of the Swings, Feasts Worthy of the Green Dragon, and New Year’s Eve

Lindsey Holdren
April 11, 2013
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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 bunch of wonderfully hilarious hams. ... Read more »

Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound

Lindsey Holdren
April 7, 2013
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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 well enough alone. My famil... Read more »

The Fellowship of the Ringers

The Fellowship of the Ringers

Lindsey Holdren
March 29, 2013
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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 cruiser piloted by the best tour gui... Read more »

Quintessential Queenstown

Lindsey Holdren
March 12, 2013
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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 -... Read more »

Adventures in Nelson and the World of Wearable Art Museum

Lindsey Holdren
March 3, 2013
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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 a few hours (preferably... Read more »

Nelson, Abel Tasman, and the One Ring

Lindsey Holdren
February 18, 2013
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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. Yes sir, the South Island has been treating us well... Read more »

Frolicking In The Shire

Lindsey Holdren
February 10, 2013
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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 Shire all to yourself for the half the tour!... Read more »

Busrides, Matamata, and Wellington

Busrides, Matamata, and Wellington

Lindsey Holdren
February 3, 2013
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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... Read more »

Airport Apocalypse

Lindsey Holdren
January 28, 2013
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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 a tasty restaurant (if you're f... Read more »

What Would Have Happened

Lindsey Holdren
January 26, 2013
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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. Even if you've never heard of the Coromandel Peninsula,... Read more »