Nick and Maggie take the South Island: Part 1

Hello again, friends and family. It’s been a while. A really long while. In fairness, I did warn everyone that my attempt to post regularly would probably be a failure. It’s not that I don’t love sharing my experiences with you, it’s just that little things always seem to derail my blogging plans. Like 10-mile

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So I went to New Zealand Fashion Week …

A long time ago, College Maggie dreamed of being a fashion writer. She envisioned herself running from event to event, documenting interesting peoples’ parties and living for the next piece of overpriced merchandise. Deep in her heart, she knew that kind of life would never be hers – but that didn’t stop her from daydreaming about how

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Waiheke: A Hop, Zip and a Jump from Auckland

Last night, after walking home from a coworker’s birthday party, I lay in bed thinking about how lucky I am to be here. (Actually, before I hit my buzz-induced gratitude phase, I fixed myself a 2 a.m. bowl of stove-top popcorn, made my 54th attempt at getting into “Orange is the New Black,” failed, closed out

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Scenes from My First Bush Walk

There’s something about a good hike that really frees the mind and opens the heart. Every time I hike, something about the gigantic open sky reminds me of all the goodness inside me. When we’re running through the motions, scurrying around our cities and getting wrapped up in the melodrama of our personal lives, it’s easy to forget

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5 Random Facts about New Zealand

There’s lots of cool stuff I want to tell you guys about New Zealand, but it’s hard to know where to begin. The past few weeks have been a roller coaster of highs and lows: fun nights out with new friends, lonely nights alone in a hotel 13,000 km away from the people I love, attempts

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My Weekend: Yoga, a Party and Some Apartment Hunting

Well friends, this post comes to you from the future. It’s Monday morning here, and while you all head out to brunch and do whatever else you do on Sundays, I’ll be heading into work. My weekend was pretty busy, and I’m happy to say that I got quite a bit accomplished. Friday night was relatively laid-back.

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FAQs About My Move to New Zealand

I thought I’d get the ball rolling by answering a few of the most common questions I’ve been asked about this trip. I find that whenever I’m asked some of these, I respond in robot mode (“So how long are you going to be there?” “Sixmonthstoayear!”). There’s a lot of exciting stuff that probably gets

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Fine, I’ll Start a Blog

I told myself I wouldn’t blog about my experiences in New Zealand. No, I said, I won’t add another mediocre blog to my (lengthy) list of failed attempts at writing success. Those dedicated few who have been reading the material I’ve published online since college (you’re the best, Trish) will recognize catchy names like AudioVino, Philosofemme,

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