Sunsets from my bedroom window

Ok, here’s the thing about Dunedin.  The weather changes…  Like today.  I was working at the hospital today, Labor Day, the day predicted to have the best weather of the three day weekend. (I’ve got an idea for weather forcasting….if I’m working, it will be sunny that day.  If I’m not working, expect rain).  Anyway,Continue reading “Sunsets from my bedroom window”

Everybody’s workin for the (Labor Day) weekend.

You get points if you know the name of the band who sang this title song (which doesn’t really have Labor Day in it, but since it’s Labor Day weekend here in Nz, what the heck). I got two of the three days off for Labor Day Weekend, and that meant road trip! Determined toContinue reading “Everybody’s workin for the (Labor Day) weekend.”

What’s Different about Dunedin

I’ve been here eight weeks.  Long enough to wake up some mornings and wish I didn’t have to put on a tie.  Long enough to, within a single day, both feel as if I belong here and then long for home.  Long enough for my colleagues to think I’m pretty funny….for an American.  Long enoughContinue reading “What’s Different about Dunedin”

If you can’t be with the wine you love, love the wine you’re with.

I feel like such a Nz wine slut.  Last week I had my team over for dinner.  We first opened the 2009 Esk Valley Gimblett Gravels cab blend.  Wow, I thought.  Sure, it’s a higher awarded wine (no secret), but still it lived up the hype.  A big wine, loads of fruit, but also complexContinue reading “If you can’t be with the wine you love, love the wine you’re with.”

TGIM (Thank God It’s Monday)

I wondered if this would happen.  In a place as magical as Dunedin, could the honeymoon ever be over? Yes, and no. When I last left you, it was a magical Sunday evening (sans fish) with calm seas and temperatures hovering near balmy.  And then it was Monday, and rain. This a a photo takenContinue reading “TGIM (Thank God It’s Monday)”

A good day to be a fish in New Zealand

After my success last weekend, I was sure the New Zealand trout were fearful to hear I had this Sunday off work and plans to fish.  In truth, I had the whole weekend off, but my ambitious Friday night dictated a slower pace on Saturday.  I also drank sufficient coffee Saturday morning that I wouldContinue reading “A good day to be a fish in New Zealand”

This is like Fight Club

“Look, Dr. Clarke, this is like Fight Club.  What happens at the reg dinners stays at the reg dinners.” Gulp.  What did I get myself into? But, I’m getting ahead of myself.  This was the first week here in Dunedin that has had the feeling of a routine.  Get up early, get dressed, drive intoContinue reading “This is like Fight Club”

Wandering around Wanaka.

Fishing, when it’s done right, brings you close to nature.  Fishing is certainly a different experience for different people, you don’t have to look far to find a fly fisherman (for semantics, fisherman refers to the male and female version of the two-legged, pole wielding human) who will scoff at a bait fisherman.  But it’sContinue reading “Wandering around Wanaka.”

If you teach a man to fish….

There is an old saying.  If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day.  If you teach a man to fish, he’s gone for the weekend. I was gone for the weekend. For those of you who don’t fish much, this is a brown trout.  It weighed in at about 5 1/2Continue reading “If you teach a man to fish….”