Author Archives: Ali

12 Things that Happy People do More

I found this list somewhere on the internet earlier on this year. Sadly, I don’t have the link to give due credit for it, but it resonated with me and I think it’s worth sharing. If you want to be … Continue reading

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Resolutions 2014

These got written down in my notebook at the beginning of the year: Think positively Eat enjoyably and healthily Travel, walk and get outdoors Make positive changes at work Practice yoga and practice at home Spend time with family & … Continue reading

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Back again

It’s really about time that I blew the dust off my poor blog and started using it again. Simple as that!

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Marine Mammals

My favourite fact of the trip is that NZ has no native land mammals. Think about it…there are a couple of native species of bat, but apart from that NZ is land of the birds, isn’t evolution amazing? It explains … Continue reading

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P…P…P…Penguins!

I realise that NZ may not be obviously associated with penguins, but there are in fact loads of different penguin species here. Seeing penguins was really high up on my list of things to do for the trip. One of … Continue reading

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New Zealand’s Great Walks

One of the things that I’ve been really impressed by during our trip has been the walking, or ‘tramping’. NZ has an huge array of amazing walking tracks, which you might expect given the scenery here. What is really impressive … Continue reading

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Oops..

OK, so I started my New Zealand trip with the very best of intentions: I would blog, probably not every day or about everything that I did, but I would try to post regularly. As you can see, that hasn’t … Continue reading

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Monthly reading roundup – October

Finished So many this month because I’m travelling! The New York Trilogy, Paul Auster – Slightly postmodern New York detective fiction, could definitely do with a re-read! Breakfast at the Hotel Déjà vu, Paul Torday – A ‘novella’, so a … Continue reading

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The White Island

If you want to be able to tell people that you have walked on New Zealand’s only active marine volcano, and you don’t mind the smell of sulphur, then a trip to the White Island is for you. click on … Continue reading

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The Coromandel

A lady that we met in Auckland told us that she thought that the coromandel peninsula was more beautiful than the bay of islands. We were surprised, but after a day driving round the area we could see what she … Continue reading

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