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Kiwi Moderate

Mt. Aspiring National Park, NZ Another aspect of friendship is the joint lexicon a group develops over time.  Shared experiences become stories, stories become jokes, jokes become catchphrases and so on until it gets to the point where simply mentioning … Continue reading

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Tramping in New Zealand

Mt. Aspiring National Park, NZ We live among titans. We have no other way to describe it.  “gods” seems too presumptuous for monotheists and “demi-gods” too second-rate.  “Champions” too sporty and “giants” too dependent on physical proportions. Google software engineers, … Continue reading

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It’s the smell!

Auckland, New Zealand Auckland just smells good. Being people who grew up in cities, we got used to the smells that are a normal part of urban life: car exhaust, cleaning chemicals, in San Francisco the smell of cable car … Continue reading

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Tonga has BACON!

Vava’u, Tonga What would a real Polynesian country have? Well, pigs.  They have a lot of pigs. And unlike their fellow Polynesian countries, corrupted as they are by European influences, Tonga actually uses their pigs for their highest truest purpose: … Continue reading

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How exactly do trees grow on coral?

Alofi, Niue …cont from previous post The absolute best place we went to was Togo Chasm.  On the opposite side of the island from Alofi, the chasm is reached by hiking through a forest.  Which as we mentioned before is … Continue reading

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How did it all GET here?!

Alofi, Niue We took a driving tour around Niue with a few of our cruising friends in order to better see all that Niue had to offer us.  The car let us reach a few really amazing places: Limu Pools, … Continue reading

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Island of the Dead

Alofi, Niue Here’s the sad truth about Niue: there are more dead people here than living residents of the island.  Like we said, Air New Zealand runs a weekly flight out to Niue year round and it wouldn’t surprise me … Continue reading

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Water Access

Niue   Ok, nothing to do with anything but come on, it’s awesome.  You stop, there are coconuts, what more could you possibly want?! So the thing about Niue is that the entire structure of the island is so very … Continue reading

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No Wonder They’re So Fit!

Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands The Needle track is an all day hike through the heart of Rarotonga and over one of its largest peaks.  Now as many of you have already learned with us, Polynesian islands are formed by volcanoes … Continue reading

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Sex and Currency

Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands That’s the flag, So where are we now? Yep, still in the middle of the blue stuff.  Oh but hey, now we’re in the left-middle. The Cook Islands are a lot different than what we’ve come … Continue reading

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