From the heart…

Today is my last full in Dunedin.  The words, so matter-of-factly written, belie a deep sadness in my heart. This is the store Wine Freedom; hands down the best wine store I know.  Yes, the wines there are outstanding, but more importantly it’s run by Paul Williams, who is just the most knowledgeable (wine) personContinue reading “From the heart…”

Perspective….and more of the bucket list.

This is a GT (if you fish, you are salivating right now).  A giant trevally.  30 kg of pure muscle.  This GT was photographed by my niece, Christine, on the Great Barrier Reef.  And if you dive, and if you dive and have a bucket list I would be bet the Great Barrier Reef isContinue reading “Perspective….and more of the bucket list.”

Reflecting, and a bucket list

This is it.  The countdown.  My last Sunday night here in Dunedin (for now…..). I didn’t really know what to expect when I moved here a year ago.  I don’t think I tried very hard to imagine what it would be like….I have moved enough in my life (this is the 7th country I’ve livedContinue reading “Reflecting, and a bucket list”

Happy Easter! (sponsored by the New Zealand dental association)

It’s Easter morning.  Deb has gone to work already, and I’m the only one awake in the house.  This is the sunrise outside our front window right now.  No kidding. The Otago harbor is glassy, an unusual site especially for the last week, during which we have been pounded with rain.  It is a quietContinue reading “Happy Easter! (sponsored by the New Zealand dental association)”

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”

Welcome to Wellington

If you missed any of the Lord of the Rings movies, or if you don’t know who Peter Jackson is, I strongly suggest you remedy this punishable deficiency by going to New Zealand.  And in particular, go to Wellington.  And start at the airport.  Here you would find yourself deplaning at, say, Gate 16 andContinue reading “Welcome to Wellington”

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”

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”