The Underwater World of the Cook Islands

Let’s see, where did we leave off?  A warm tropical sunset, Mai Tais on the deck?  Yes, somewhere like that….. Much of our trip to the Cook Islands was spent in the water, so much so in fact I wanted to dedicate most of this post to the underwater world of the Cooks.  In Rarotonga,Continue reading “The Underwater World of the Cook Islands”

Now we’re Cookin’ !!!

One of the great things about living in New Zealand is your proximity to the South Pacific.  Just after Easter, the first term of school ended for the boys, and Deb and I somehow managed to get a week off work during the boys’ two week break between terms.   Hmmmmm, where to go?  The CookContinue reading “Now we’re Cookin’ !!!”

Friday Night (Southern) Lights.

When my two youngest boys, Ryan and Matt, signed up for ‘summer sports’ teams at Bayfield High School at the beginning of the academic year in January, I was proud of their choices.  Matt, who is a year nine (or freshman) in the high school signed up for softball (they don’t have hardball baseball here)Continue reading “Friday Night (Southern) Lights.”

Technically still summer……

Welcome back to Dunedin! I was intrigued to hear that people here consider March 1st to be the start of autumn.  And then I experienced the first of March…and the second….and the third…..and the fourth.   Now I get it.  Yes, technically it is still summer, but you would never know that by the weather we’veContinue reading “Technically still summer……”

And so what’s life like, in Dunedin?

My last post ended with the finish of our vacation.  That was about one month ago, and since then our boys have started school, our Dunedin summer finally arrived (mid-January), and now we are noticing leaves beginning to fall from the trees.  That can’t mean Autumn is near, I hope.  We are beginning to getContinue reading “And so what’s life like, in Dunedin?”

Places you just have to see…..

This blue green water was is a in a cove in the Marlborough Sounds at the Northeastern end of the South Island.  This was our destination after leaving the wildlife paradise of Kaikoura. But to get there, were had to (I mean we just had to) travel through the wine country around Blenheim. Our first stop wasContinue reading “Places you just have to see…..”

It’s a holiday, you know.

Today, January 2, is a public holiday.  Banks are closed, no city services…nada.  Most importantly, because I worked New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, I got the day off today.  Not familiar with any particular event which occurred on the 2nd of January, I asked why it was a holiday.  “Because….it’s the day AFTERContinue reading “It’s a holiday, you know.”

Merry Christmas

I wonder what the receptionist says when you enter the door, “Welcome to the Wellcome Building”?  And nothing cheers up an anatomy lesson like a big guy in a Red Suit.  Yes, the Christmas cheer is everywhere in Dunedin, even in your genes.  (Look at the sign..DNA sequencing…..oooh, that was bad….) This was not theContinue reading “Merry Christmas”

A Presidential Weekend

About 120 km southwest of Dunedin is the town of Clinton, Nz.  If you continue on Highway 1, as I did, 44 km later you enter the town of Gore.  That 44km stretch of Highway is named…..wait for it….the Presidential Highway.  Who said they don’t like Americans here? What was I doing in Gore, youContinue reading “A Presidential Weekend”

Feeling like a King in Queenstown

Queenstown sits on the shore of the enormous serpentine Lake Wakatipu.  It is a town out of a storybook, with steep streets which ascend up the mountainside, and it looks out over the southern part of the lake to a vista of the snow capped mountain range, The Remarkables. The lake features prominently in allContinue reading “Feeling like a King in Queenstown”