Notes on turning 25

I turn a quarter of a century old tomorrow. I’m in the Oregon countryside with my family and I’m just as happy as I was when I turned 21 in San Diego, 22 in Las Vegas, 23 in Melbourne, Australia, and 24 in Wellington, New Zealand. Funny enough, this house in the country is actually … Read more

On saying goodbye

On Saying Goodbye - The Atlas Heart

It was my last full day abroad when I woke up to a Facebook message sent by my sister, letting me know that my grandma had passed away that morning. Dealing with death on the road is never easy, I can only be thankful that it happened so close to me coming home, allowing me … Read more

Thoughts on coming home

When I first left home, I wrote this post the day I left San Diego. When I left San Diego on a train taking me to LA, which would be my departure city from the States, I remember watching the sun fade under the canopy of palm trees, and feeling like I knew, at least … Read more

A land of hobbits: where to indulge in The Lord of the Rings

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a fanatic of Lord of the Rings. I did finally see the 3rd movie in the 3-part series the other day, but I still haven’t seen the 2nd Hobbit movie, and most faux pas of all, I haven’t read any of the books.

With that said, it’s hard not to get wrapped up in The Lord of the Rings mania, you find it everywhere, and especially in Wellington where Peter Jackson calls home, it’s hard not to hear about a lot of hobbit related things.

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Zorbing in Rotorua

I’m baffled every time I come across a tourist who has been to Rotorua and has never heard of zorbing, so I’m here to let you in on a secret, go zorbing if you’re in Rotorua, I can guarantee it’s a very unique Kiwi experience. Ever since I came across it when I was 12 and … Read more

2014: a year of growth

“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world” – Mary Anne Radmacher 2013, to be sure, was a year to remember. I was constantly doing things and traveling, it was my first year of living abroad and everything was new and exciting. 2014 was a bit more … Read more