The one and only Lanarch Castle

Jan 14, 2011 3 Comments

It really is the only one. Cause there is only one castle in New Zealand and this is it! An odd place for a Scottish castle but super sweet none the less. And to make matters more fun I had an entire tour all to myself. I had been trying to figure out how to […]

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Steampunk this!

Jan 06, 2011 2 Comments

Steampunk: a subgenre of speculative fiction, usually set in an anachronistic Victorian or quasi-Victorian alternate history setting. It could be described by the slogan “What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner.” Sadly the big exhibit had closed down in Oamaru by the time I got there, but there was still […]

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Hindsight is a beautiful thing

Jan 06, 2011 2 Comments

Penguins are adorable. No joke. They have the ability to turn grown men into giggling little school girls as evidenced by the blue penguin colony. Sadly this colony you had to pay $25 to get into the grandstand viewing area and then on top of that, they don’t allow photographs! I was willing to try […]

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Death Hill + Penguins

Jan 06, 2011 No Comments

Next time I will believe the i-site lady. Next time I will wear more layers. Next time I will bring more snacks! Oamaru is home to two different wild penguin colonies: the yellow-eyed and the blue penguin. The yellow-eyed come in from the ocean about two hours before sunset. I decided to head there first. […]

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To all future American football lovers – My Appologies

Jan 06, 2011 No Comments

The Rose Bowl. The ultimate college football showdown. I have actually never watched one before. Shhhhhh don’t tell the football gods. Anyways, Dana (the girl I was staying with) was a Texas Christian alum and they were playing Wisconsin in the bowl! Woot! She had called around to a few bars in Christchurch to find […]

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Happy 2011!

Jan 06, 2011 No Comments

NYE is always a tough thing to plan. All these expectations surround it. It’s gotta be big! A you’ve gotta get wasted! It’s gotta be EPIC!! And to celebrate it in another country? Forget about it. Then there’s a whole new level of pressure. I’m glad to say mine was super fun and filled with […]

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My new obsession: Part Duex

Jan 01, 2011 4 Comments

Gondolas. Seriously, NZ has a ton of them. I rode the one in Rotorua and now the one in Christchurch. Sadly this one did not come with luging and I was unable to show-off my innate ability to fall off of them again. Anyways, gondolas. Awesome stuff. Although I can never shake the feeling that […]

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Call me Ishmael

Jan 01, 2011 1 Comment

Whale-chasing, not whale-watching. That’s what they should call this game. Here’s how it works: Since they have boats running all day, they know when a particular whale started it’s dive and approx how long it will be down there. They drive the boat out into the ocean and stop over where the dive started. Then […]

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Sally sells seashells by the seashore

Jan 01, 2011 No Comments

We headed up to Kaikoura just north of Christchurch for some whale watching! Woo! Grandma would be so proud. But sadly the sea was CRAZY rough that day and they weren’t letting any more boats out for the day. Well they thought they might but they were giving a SEVERE sea-sickness warning and that just […]

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For all the irish obsessed out there

Dec 30, 2010 2 Comments

Alright I want to know who told all the irish people around the world I was coming. Really. Emily? Stacey? One of you better fess up. Example A: Bagpipers in Queenstown. Randomly on the wharf one day. Example B: Irish step dancers in Christchurch today! Dude I heard the music from 6 blocks away. In […]

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The one and only Milford Sound

Dec 30, 2010 1 Comment

In rains here quite a bit. Like all the time. Way way too much and most of the time we’re annoyed at it. It ruins our plans and cancels our trips and all in all it’s obnoxious. But in the case of Milford Sound it was the best thing that could have happened according to […]

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