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Recollections: Las Vegas

Travelling by bus, we  approached the city from the east over the Mike O’Callaghan  – Pat Tillman Memorial bridge, crossing the Colorado River from Arizona.  It was here  I caught my first glimpse of Lake Mead shimmering in the mid afternoon sun beyond the concrete walls  of Hoover Dam. After forty five minutes of rolling … Continue reading

Easter in the City of Sails

A weekend away from Wellington (New Zealand) was on the books.  We were either going to head north or track south.  Travelling our “own backyard” was a resolution we had made (as was eating less chocolate over Easter if we could help it).  I had only been to Auckland several times either for work or transiting … Continue reading

Why Waiheke Island?

Good question, but here are the reasons.  There was a chance meeting with a work colleague on the same flight from Wellington to Auckland the night before, she had bought three ferry tickets for a return trip from Auckland to Waiheke Island but due to circumstances wasn’t able to go.  She offered the tickets to … Continue reading

Can you get unpretentious in Ponsonby?

Yes you can!  At El Sizzling Chorizo Argentinian BBQ,  a BBQ is a BBQ is a BBQ. On a recent trip to Auckland, New Zealand a good friend of mine (formerly from Buenos Aires but now an Auckland local) took us to Ponsonby Central for lunch. I was told there would be a lot of … Continue reading