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Going to start posting photos I didn’t have time for while in New Zealand

Considering the pace of my travel while in New Zealand, I occasionally skipped posting photos of some notable sights. Here are a few from the Waitomo Caves on the North Island. I went here with Roland at the beginning of our trip south together. Incredible to see, even from the very circumscribed walking tracks of the guided tour. If I were to visit again, I think I would spend the money on the black water rafting tour. Spying on those tourists floating in tubes on a rushing river far below, they seemed to be experiencing a less domesticated version of …

Incheon (or Seoul) Airport

I just used US Dollars to buy a coffee and cookie and it felt weird. So the first flight, 11 hours is done. Now comes the hard part, the 14 hour flight. I really shouldn’t be drinking coffee, but oh well. New York time right now is 5:30am. So I suppose I could try to just stay up all day (night for me), arrive feeling crazy at 8:40pm in New York. But that would mean staying awake for 14 hours on a plane. Ugh. I had a quick Korean meal in a restaurant in the airport. That’s is for my …

The final Final Post (unless I get bored in the airport)

Sydney. A gorgeous, sunny day. Last night in Manly was stormy, but I like storms. I spent much of the evening in my room. At one point, I shut off all the lights, opened the blinds on the generously sized windows onto the courtyard and just watched the lightning. Also did some fuzzy TV watching and in-focus reading. Got up early, 7am, and went down to check the water. It was a little cool out and as usual I had to give myself a metaphorical kick in the ass to get out there. Funny how that is. The water was …

Summery day in Manly

Today the sun is out, and it’s toasty. After a morning coffee at a cool, though dark, little joint, I fixed the ding on the bottom of my board with Sun Cure. No big deal. Then out into the water. I caught a steep and really fun left as soon as I got in the water. Despite the crowd, I was the only one paddling for it. Towards the end, it started barreling a bit, but I couldn’t get into it. Someday. I hope. In order to get waves when the water is so crowded, you have to be pretty …

Manly – day one

I unpacked my board at Manly Bungalow to find a ding in the bottom. Quite a hole in fact. I was excited and ready to head out to surf, where the water was filled with people. I had just come back from the surf shop a block away called Aloha Surf, where I had bought some wax. Being new to surfboard care I couldn’t tell just how bad the ding was. After talking to a guy there, I brought the board over and he said it was no big deal. He put some good strong clear tape on it so …