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Middle school teacher on hiatus/budding permaculturalist currently cycling the world. Sometimes he acts in plays and film. Mostly he travels and blogs about it. Christian is one of the founders of

The Gili Air Fortnight

Spend a couple of days in your roadside bungalow on Nusa Lembongan and the motorbikes will work their way into your dreams. Don’t get me wrong: intrepid exploration through unfamiliar roads in Southeast Asia is best served on a moped, and there’s never been a day in my different adventures through this part of the […]

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I Survived a Balinese Timeshare Sales Pitch and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt

When most people say that they’re going to Bali, they mean Indonesia. But Bali is not Indonesia. It is and it’s not. And when most of these people say they’re going to Bali, they might mean that they’re going to visit Bali, one of the major island destinations in greater Indonesia. There are over seventeen […]

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The Surprises of the Great Barrier Reef

It’s hot in Australia. I’m writing this nearly two weeks after the fact, but if you’ve been paying attention to what’s happening in Australia right now, it’s bonkers. We had been sleeping in that camper van the whole way up the Australian east coast, hoping for some sea breeze to cool us off, but it’s […]

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Australia in Heat: Landing in Sydney

A note to our readers: This post is part of a series about our two-week stopover in Australia during the year of amazing days. While these posts will cover our wonderful time for the sake of the travel chronicles, fans of our cycling adventure will be disappointed to learn that we didn’t reassemble our touring bikes for […]

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Our Haven on The Southern Point: The Guyton Food Forest in Riverton

Other than wanting to really see this country from north to south, one of our primary reasons for heading down to Invercargill – even though we were flying out Queenstown – was so that we could visit the home of the Riverton-famous Guyton family and their 25-year-old food forest. We had discovered their permaculture mecca after […]

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A Drama Reunion and What’s Done in Dunedin

On January 10th, we packed up and got going from the wonderful Food Farm in Amberley for a ride back into Christchurch to catch our ride down to Dunedin on the Intercity Bus line and meet up with Gillian and her boyfriend fiancé Marty, who would be hosting us for the night at their lovely […]

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A New Year in Christchurch

As we exited the TranzAlpine Train that we first boarded in Greymouth, we were struck by the warmth of the Canterbury Plains. Quite literally: there was a heat to the wind that actually felt like summer and it was wonderful. Between the train station on the west end of Christchurch to the the AirBnb that […]

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In which we meet the wet west coast

We departed from our Christmas enclave after sending some messages home to friends and family as their Christmas Day dawned. We didn’t have time to cycle and tour all around the Abel Tasman park area, but we knew that it was worth heading up to the beach at Marahou before returning to catch our shuttle […]

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South Island Nostalgia

We arrived in Picton on the ferry – even before we arrived, actually – we were entirely struck with how similar everything felt to home. To look out on Picton was like arriving in Snug Cove on Bowen Island. To look back out on Cook Strait from the comfort of our hotel room was like […]

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Christian on the Train from Masterton to Wellington

The Winds of Wellington

The southernmost point on the North Island. We made it. The full title of this post was going to be The Winds of Wellington, by George R. R. Martin. But the great George R. R. Martin didn’t write a book called The Winds of Wellington, and we’re all cheering for him to finish writing The […]

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