Making pierogi while camping in Poland

This is one from the archives, of an experience I've wanted to share for quite some time. I had to first realize it was an experience to treasure, one that was not likely to happen again, to me, in my lifetime. It seemed, at the time, like just an ordinary experience, nothing to be phased by. You may be able to relate. Perhaps being distracted by your thoughts, or a digital device, or maybe 'hanger', as was probably my case at the time (working on it, I promise!), you're nowhere to be found in the present moment. Thanks to some reflection in my wise years, I eventually realized the personal value of this moment from the summer of 2015.


A thank you letter to Australia

In an effort to keep my travel memories alive while adjusting to life at home again, and to describe to you all the wonderful things that await you Down Under, I've crafted a thank you letter to my favourite little red island.

Dear Australia,


Australia or New Zealand: Which country should you travel to next?

It's a question I've been asked on several occasions, and rightfully so. Both countries rank high on many people's must-visit lists yet many people can't visit both. In a perfect world, where finances and holiday time are unlimited, I wouldn't dare recommend skipping one country for the other. I've been fortunate enough to play tourist and local in both and even then the decision isn't an easy one. By breaking things down into several categories, and skipping some more easily researched ones (google can help with weather), I hope to shed some fresh light on two of my favourite countries in the world. But which one comes out on top?


Inspiring 30-Somethings - Emma Mackie

I’m thrilled that my dear friend Emma has finally entered her thirties (what took you so long?). I decided a couple months ago to add a new feature to my blog - Inspiring 30-Somethings  - and although she doesn’t know it (yet), Emma was the one to inspire this fresh addition. You’ll soon understand why. Most of us can name at least one person in our circle that lives life to the fullest and inspires us to do the same, often unintentionally. Emma has been that person for me recently and going out on a limb here (sarcastically), for many others as well.  

Emma and I met in New Zealand a year and a half ago when I took on a locum position at her work and a room in her house. I felt accepted as her friend within the first few minutes of meeting her. Emma is one of the most generous and kindest people I’ve ever met, and it didn’t take long for her personality to shine through. Through her enthusiasm for all aspects of life, she silently (and vocally when necessary) inspires those around her to make the most of every day. Emma appears to have a bottomless pit of energy - whether it be related to work, sport or play. She’s an exceptionally dedicated athlete, physiotherapist, and pet-owner, amongst the many other hats she wears from day to day (girlfriend, daughter, sister, coach…). Allow me to introduce you...

Post-race glow


Waiheke for the Adventurous (and Environmentally-Conscious) Traveller

Slow down, you're here. 

Waiheke Island's unofficial slogan doesn't really bring up the image of activity and adventure. The island is best known as a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of New Zealand's most populous city. A 40 minute ferry ride from Auckland and you're there - far enough from the big city lights to feel like you've embarked on a remote getaway.

A great reminder to both locals and visitors