Today is Friday the 13th. How can one NOT write a blog on Friday the 13th? Well, perhaps one such as myself, who doesn’t have anything eerie to say, or anything that involves severed heads or people in hockey masks or even the good ol’ F.K. (Freddy Kruger, which reminds me of the nickname … Continue reading Friday the 13th: Ode to public toilets
Too! Many! Updates! Brain. Overload. (death noise) To begin with, I arrived in New Zealand on Sunday, to Dunedin, a coastal city on the southeastern side of the southern island (you’ll probably have to scroll down to see it): Dunedin was described by Nigel (aka “The Man”) as being “more Scottish than the Scottish.” Little … Continue reading Blogger’s Paradise, or really, Anyone’s Paradise
Fun fact: Did you know, there are more sheep in New Zealand than people? I haven’t seen THAT many sheep yet, but I did notice cows at the airport when we landed. Speaking of landing, I believe a place can be more or less accurately judged by the experience one has at its … Continue reading Welcome to New Zealand; Wow, that’s a lot of sheep.
As a tribute to my Australian visit, I compiled a list of notable things. Tips for Travelers (most of which I learned the hard way): A US citizen needs a visa to visit (VISIT) Australia. It’s best to do this online rather than last minute, at the airport, because you didn’t know you needed a … Continue reading Notes on Sydney
Being without a phone is so difficult! Back in the States (yes, I speak the lingo now), I used to enjoy hiding my phone from myself and being un-contact-able, disconnected from facebook and the internet and the world at large. But being in a foreign place without such a luxury is difficult because half of … Continue reading Lost People Need Cell Phones
So, I’m laying on the beach yesterday. Scratch that. I’m laying on the grassy knoll above the beach because the wind is blowing, and blowing sand is a bit like being pelted with small razors, particularly when it gets in one’s eye (which I’m thrilled to report, did happen. Twice). The beach is called Cronulla, … Continue reading Scotsmen come with Australian recommendation
If you can believe it, I almost did nothing for New Year’s. Traveling for 5,493 hours (approx) will do that to people, make them want to crawl into bed at 9:30pm fully clothed and drooling before their head hits the pillow. Besides, I felt like I had a lot of cons working against me. CONS Residence … Continue reading An Aussie New Year
Hello dear readers! I’m back! For those of you who noticed my absence, one—wow, thanks, and two—I apologize. The time has come for me to blog again because, if you didn’t check this update here, I am headed to the other side of the world. [I wanted to say, “To the Land Down Under!” but I’m only … Continue reading “Down” but not out!
It started with the MVD, i.e., My Version of Damnation, or the “Motor Vehicle Division” as they like you to believe. (My friend is convinced it’s actually one of Dante’s levels of hell, and I think that’s a more accurate assessment.) So the Judge (my father) and I go to this circle of doom on Monday of … Continue reading The DMV nightmare
I apologize to non-avid tennis-fans, that you have to read about tennis YET AGAIN because that is all I seem to be able to write about anymore (conveniently not the case when I sit down to work on my thesis, which is also about tennis. Funny how that happens), but I have life lessons to share. JUST fyi, I had … Continue reading Pride comes before the fall