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My First Day Back in London After Two Years

I arrived at London Gatwick Airport bright and early yesterday morning for the first time in years.  I pranced through customs after they let me through, excited to get home.  In college, I studied abroad in London for a semester and my Waterloo flat became my home away from home.  It is without a doubt […]

At Hell’s Gate

Rotorua, New Zealand is home to remarkable sulphur deposits and geothermal activity. Spiraling towers of steam constantly flow out of the ground, giving the area a unique atmosphere. Believing he was looking upon the fiery gates of hell, George Bernard Shaw named the 50 acres of bubbling heat “Hellsgate.” Hell’s Gate features the Southern Hemisphere’s […]

5 Items on my Travel Wishlist

As you know, I have been living in the New England for the last three months.  In less than two weeks, I will be heading out again to Europe for a week and then on to New Zealand until 2017.  My excitement levels are through the roof right now.  Even though I have done this […]

No Baggage: A Minimalist Tale of Love and Wandering

About the Book Clara Bensen is currently a 20-something writer living in Austin, Texas.  In 2013 she meets Jeff on OKCupid.  Jeff is wild, unique, and determined never to be tied down again.  After knowing each other for only a few weeks, Clara agrees to accompany Jeff on one of his exciting experiments: a three […]

My Island Morning Routine

Living in New Zealand, I’m happier with myself than I have ever been before.  I embrace things that make me feel good and bring me inner peace.  Each day I try to express gratitude and exude positivity everywhere I go.  This type of temperament and lifestyle is simple to live out with a great morning […]

Rotorua Redwoods

Call me ignorant, but I thought that the only place in the world I could find redwood trees is California, USA.  You may be able to imagine my confusion when I drove through the woods on my way back from sleeping next to Lake I-Don’t-Know-What and saw a sign that read: REDWOODS TURN LEFT.  What? […]

Home For New England Summer

After living abroad and traveling for five months, I returned home to Connecticut to live for couple of months.  There were weddings to attend, a family to catch up with, a boyfriend to kiss, friends to laugh with, and a bank account to be replenished.  My time in New Zealand allowed me to miss home for […]

A Page From My Journal: Discussing Conamara National Park And The Concept of Perfection

I keep a journal.  It wouldn’t feel right telling people that I want to be a writer if I didn’t write things down regularly.  Usually I have a notebook in my bag and if I don’t then my phone’s notepad is my best friend.  Hopefully one day I’ll be on Stephen King’s level where I […]

12 Photos That Will Inspire You To Visit Northland, New Zealand

The northernmost region of New Zealand’s North Island feels like a private oasis.  Near the equator, Northland’s climate falls under subtropical.  Never far from the coast, you can find endless empty beaches with magazine-worthy views.  Though it’s not without its tourist attractions, even in the summer time, the volume of tourists does not begin to […]

A Special Tasting at Mills Reef Winery

I had just left Matamata.  On a high from visiting the Hobbiton Movie Set and showering for the first time in four days, I was ready for a full day of exploration.  As much as a road trip causes excitement, it brings about an equal dose of exhaustion.  But not on this day.  I felt […]

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