Life on the Road

Life on the Road

Japan is our first destination where life really is different.  New Zealand and Australia are easy - everyone speaks English and but for a few cultural nuances, its really not that different than America.  While parts of Tokyo feel like New York City, it really is wildly different here, starting with the fact that we can't read the vast majority of the signs and information displayed throughout the city.  

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Travel Notes: Marlborough Sound

Travel Notes: Marlborough Sound

The Marlborough Sound of New Zealand is best known as being a preeminent wine region… and I’m sure it is.   I’m slightly embarrassed to admit we didn’t visit a single vineyard.  With Blythe in tow and a few days of long driving, we just didn’t leave time.  But, we did spend three nights in the remote St. Omer on the Kenepuru Sound

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Travel Notes: Golden Bay & Abel Tasman National Park

Travel Notes: Golden Bay & Abel Tasman National Park

New Zealand is known for places like the Milford Sound and for the adventure-seeking hub of Queenstown, but our experience has beenthat where New Zealand really shines is in its dramatic, rugged coastline, islands, crystal-clear water, and scenic bays.

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Travel Notes: Christchurch & Akaroa

Travel Notes: Christchurch & Akaroa

Christchurch and Akaora were an interesting part of our exploration of the South Island of New Zealand.  Christchurch is the largest city on the South Island but it's still a relatively small city.  It was devastated by major earthquakes in 2010-2012 and here's a statistic for you: 4,558 earthquakes were recorded in the Canterbury region (where Christchurch is located) above a magnitude 3.0, from 4 September 2010 to 3 September 2014.

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