New Zealand Coast: Hahei Beach

Hahei Beach

As a follow-up to last week’s post about Cathedral Cove, here is a post about another beach to enjoy at that same location. From the Cathedral Cove car park, the path splits off to the right or the left, both heading down little hiking paths that lead to various beaches. The left will take you … Continue reading

New Zealand Coast: Cathedral Cove

Cathedral Cove

On the eastern coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, about halfway up, is place called Mercury Bay. Before you get to Mercury Bay, you’ll pass Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve, also known as Cathedral Cove. This is easily one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been, though in New Zealand, it’s pretty easy to say that … Continue reading

New Zealand Coast: New Chums Beach

New Chums Beach

Now that fall has come to New Zealand, and I’ve had a chance to settle into Christchurch, I’m dreaming of my summer spent visiting North Island beaches. It’s the perfect time to continue my series of beach blog posts while the rain falls outside my hostel window. First up: New Chums Beach! First, let me … Continue reading

Travel Writing: On The Culture Trip: Top 10 Things to Do and See on the Coromandel Peninsula

Top Ten Things to Do and See in the Coromandel Peninsula

Happy holidays everyone! I know what you all wanted for Christmas: a new travel writing piece by yours truly! While I work on my EPIC Coromandel Peninsula blog post (I’m actually going to be breaking it down into a series because it’s way too long to post as-is), here’s a little preview of what I … Continue reading

Travel Writing: On Pink Pangea: How I Face Change While Traveling

How I Face Change While Traveling

I’ve been in New Zealand for almost two full months now, and every day I am fixed with an onslaught of familiar and new circumstances and emotions to adjust to. While traveling provides exciting growing experiences, it can also make you feel like a fish out of water when learning how to navigate a new … Continue reading

Travel Writing: On Paradise of Exiles: A Guide for Moving to New Zealand

Guide for Moving to NZ

While I’ve written before about my process for moving to New Zealand, Chandi Wyant, founder of travel website Paradise of Exiles, encouraged me to distill it into a concise article, offering practical advice for those looking to follow in my footsteps. A great exercise in editing, I present to you, my Guide for Moving to … Continue reading

Travel Writing: On Pink Pangea: Don’t Talk to Strangers, and Other Advice You Should Ignore

Don't Talk to Strangers

I’m on a roll, folks! My second piece of travel writing was posted on Pink Pangea this week, this one talking about advice you should probably ignore. Look both ways before you cross the street. Don’t take candy from strangers. These sayings, children’s fairy tales, and other cautionary stories are shared as warnings against potential … Continue reading

Gardening in New Zealand

Gardening in New Zealand

One of the best things about New Zealand, as I’ll repeat time and time again, is the lack of snakes. No need to obsessively scan the trail ahead of me as I tramp in a remote area, no need to brace myself every single time I go to the toilet that there might be one … Continue reading

Travel Writing: On Pink Pangea: 5 Less Explored Networks To Use When Traveling

5 Less Explored Networks to Use When Traveling

Oh happy day! My first official travel writing piece has been posted on Pink Pangea, the women’s travel writing community. The first thing I do when I’m thinking of traveling to a country, state, city, neighborhood, or side of the street other than the one where I’m currently living is tell everyone about it. Literally … Continue reading

Family Writing: On Pink Pangea: Bite Me: Why I Ate an Insect in the Brazilian Forest

Posing in the village where my mother lived during her stay in the Brazilian tropics, while conducting anthropological research and learning basketry.

Somehow I missed the opportunity to post my mother’s second travel writing piece on Pink Pangea earlier this year! I couldn’t be prouder of her, but also, her writing it both thoughtful and quite funny, so I can recommend it with only a little bit of bias. My brain screams “SWALLOW!”, my stomach shouts “SPIT!”, … Continue reading