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Postcards from Waiheke

One year ago, I leapt from Connecticut to New Zealand semi-blindly.  I had no idea I would meet a girl online inviting me to Waiheke Island.  I had never even heard of Waiheke Island—Waikiki, yes, but this other place, nope.  For three months I lived and breathed Waiheke sunshine and island life.  It took hardly any […]

Dining At Tantalus Estate Vineyard

In November I had the pleasure of dining at Tantalus Estate Vineyard for the first time.  The newest addition to Waiheke Island’s list of top wineries resides in Onetangi Valley and opened in September of 2016.  In addition to creating high end Bordeaux and Rhone-style wines, the estate holds a brewhouse on the ground floor and […]

Waiheke Island Summer Bucket List

As I am finally spending a full summer on Waiheke Island this year, my friends and I decided to put together a bucket list of all the things we want to do, wines to taste, and food to eat.  I have already done some of these last summer, but the goal is to make it […]

2016 in Review: Where I Traveled This Year

It amazes me how quickly this year went by.  2016 had terribly deep up’s and down’s for me on a personal level and in regards to the world as a whole.  Overall, I feel so grateful for the opportunities and support this year brought to me.  Beautiful people have walked into my life this year and some […]

How To Cope With Spending The Holidays In The Hot, Sunny Southern Hemisphere

I like to believe that I am a proper northern girl.   Not only am I from the Northern Hemisphere of the world, I’m from the northeast of the United States–a region that receives some of the most brutal winters.  I’m talking power outages and snow up past the top of the doorway.  During my […]

How I Spontaneously Bought a Plane Ticket to Hawaii

I would like to thank Boston Logan International Airport for enabling me to fulfill my dream of going to Hawaii.  My purse held a copy of The Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben, my phone, a pack of gum, my passport, my wallet, a one-way plane ticket to Auckland and a working holiday visa valid for one year […]

A Traveler’s Guide To Speaking Thai

Sawatdee ka! (Hello!) Planning a trip to the land of smiles? Feeling a bit overwhelmed by the Thai language section of your guidebook? Fear not! Here are some simple Thai phrases that will help you enjoy your time in Thailand. Although most people working in the tourism industry will speak English, there is no better […]

Finding Light

You may or may not have noticed the silence over here for the last few weeks.  Part of that is due to my move back to Waiheke Island where I have been in a constant state of go-go-go.  Part is a result of the recent goings-on in the United States. I have been in a […]

Where To Find Bomb As Milkshakes in Auckland

Have you ever seen a photo of someone drinking one of the most absurd yet enticing sweet creation out of a mason jar?  Have you ever thought, that would probably make me sick, but my goodness I need it right now?  I sure did.  From the first week that I set foot on New Zealand […]

6 Coffee Shops in Connecticut Worth Visiting

When it comes to coffee shops, a huge part of the magic for me is the atmosphere inside.  I read a quote recently that said, “First I drink the coffee, then I do the things.”  A place that feels cozy enough to curl up with a book or zen enough to get some writing done […]

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