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Nederland.

The Netherlands! I have wanted to come here for a very long time. I find myself constantly saying “it’s so damn cute!”, everywhere I look, filled with color and vibrancy, it overwhelms the senses. The old mixes with the new, like no place I have ever seen. The people here are wonderful, and the service here, is of a very interesting sort. The level of efficiency is hard to put in words. And if you think you have comfortable shoes? This breathtaking place will confirm or laugh at that notion. Couple more days in Amsterdam and I will be off to my final bucket list destination, of my world tour (for now). I am feeling a sense of home settle in already…

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Britain’s Southern Coast

When I was ten years old, my father was in the military and was stationed in England for about four years. This means that most of my clearest and earliest memories, are from a country that is not on the front cover of my passport. After returning for the first time, three years ago, I have thought of little else, but to return. All sparked by the sense of “home” I felt, the moment I stepped out of Heathrow, back at the time I started this blog. Can we say, full circle?

Having been back in England for a short while now, I have found myself returning to some places that I have been before. It feels like a bit of a time capsule. While I have changed, so does everything else. Here are some recent moments I have “captured”…

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Te Wai Pounamu

Well, my time in New Zealand has come to an end. I learned that the kiwi fruit, should always have the word “fruit” after it, because an actual Kiwi, either refers to the people of New Zealand, or the beautiful nocturnal, flightless, endangered bird, that can only be found there. The Kiwis are an amazing, friendly, raw breed of people, who will almost always leave a smile on your face.

As promised, the country just got more and more beautiful the further south I made it. The only way I can think of to describe it; Mother Nature was just showing off. Leading to my largest post of pictures yet…

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Te Ika a Maui

Kia Ora!

I couldn’t come over to this part of the world and skip New Zealand. Since my last post, I have torn up the north island. Having just today, made the ferry crossing to the south island. I figured this was as good a place as any to make my next post.

New Zealand, as promised is unlike anyplace I have ever been, stunningly beautiful. Even with all the rain and clouds that would probably ruin it for most, I see nothing but beauty every where I look, “As you do”. The weather, making picture-taking challenging, here are a few for you to enjoy as I move on to exploring the south island. Sweet as!

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And that’s Australia.

On my final eve of what has been a great highlights tour, through a fair amount of places in about five weeks. The few little side-steps I have made will probably turn out to be the most memorable…

Sydney, Sydney in Brisbane.
and Melbourne, in different ways, you both stole my heart!
Great ocean road and the less than twelve apostles, stunning, didn’t see that coming.
Beautiful blonde Cairns, you will always be; bringing an old vision finally, to life!

Mardi Gras beginning, to the great reef finale. All that “Magic” packed throughout!
Knowing more magic is just ahead,
the nomadic ram roams on…

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A trip “home”

Another of my bucket list items has been to drive the Pacific Coast Highway. I have now completed the southern part of California up to Santa Cruz. (Gotta save some for next time) Also, I had to split off there to finally return to where I was born. Having been almost 30 years since being in the area, I decided it was time to go. Another bucket list item, because it’s a military base which requires me to have a “sponsor” to go, and until recently that was not a possibility.

It was quite an experience to see it all again, as an adult. It helped me understand where quite a few preferences come from in my life. and until now I never really knew, why some of those existed for me. While there were lots of changes that have happened I was surprised by how much was still the same. It was just a short trip, yet I gained so much from it, including a sense of “roots” that I never really had before. Still not enough to break the nomad in me though. Hang on to your hats boys and girls, more to come very soon!

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Expanding some.

As I enter my final week, (plenty more traveling just ahead yet) just a few random observations I have had from my travels here in South America…

– If you ever make it to Peru and Cusco specifically, take the guided tours, they really have their shit together there. Which may just be more of a shout out to SunGate Tours, but most everyone I crossed paths with had equally good experiences regardless. Of course, law of attraction and all; I don’t leave room for much else. Haha

– The really big cities (New York, London, Rome, São Paulo, just to name a few I have been to) are all strikingly similar, with a different cultural influence stirred into the pot. Much like island life all seems to have a common thread, just at a very different volume level.

Traveling to South America has forever changed my perception of the world and how we inhabit this beautiful planet we call home. Additionally, it makes me much more appreciative of some of the “Luxuries” available in other parts of the world (i.e. being able to flush that toilet paper you just used). While at the same time, I also question the necessity of a lot of them. It really doesn’t matter what your background is, where you are from, or who you “think” you are; being happy really is a choice!

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