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Where we stayed: Welcome to my tiny house

I'll be honest. My husband and I didn't book everywhere we were staying before we arrived in New Zealand. We had planned out where we would go, which included what cities and towns we'd be staying in and which routes to drive. But, we really only booked out the first week of the two-and-a-half weeks.… Continue reading Where we stayed: Welcome to my tiny house

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Spring time: Cherry blossoms and avoiding crowds

It's full-blown sakura / cherry blossom season here in Seattle, as it is in Japan and other places that have cherry blossoms. We've had quite a few sunny days in the last week, which have made the white and light pink flowers even prettier with all the light. Every Seattleite — and visiting guests —… Continue reading Spring time: Cherry blossoms and avoiding crowds

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Where we stayed: Not a farmer, but I like the countryside

The #1 question people asked me when they heard I was going to honeymoon in New Zealand was "Are you going to Hobbiton?" or some iteration to asking if I was planning to visit where Lord of the Rings was filmed. If you know me at all, or have kept up with this blog, you… Continue reading Where we stayed: Not a farmer, but I like the countryside

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Will travel for matcha

If I had to pick my favorite food, it would be cheese, closely followed by matcha parfaits. Although, I really love anything matcha. Matcha tea. Matcha lattes. Matcha pound cake. Matcha roll cake. Matcha cookies. Matcha mochi. You get the idea. It's hard to find good matcha though. I am in no means a matcha… Continue reading Will travel for matcha

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New Zealand: feeling kind of at home

Are you tired of hearing about New Zealand? I hope not because I have so many more thoughts and stories to share! Despite being on the other side of the world, New Zealand felt familiar to me. The country's time zone is "so far away" from us -- Pacific Standard Time here in Seattle --… Continue reading New Zealand: feeling kind of at home

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Milford Sound: Unlike anywhere I’d ever been

So, I thought I'd chronicle my New Zealand travels in order of the places I visited, the things I did and the people -- and animals! -- I met, but it looks like I'm just going to write about whatever I am in the mood to write about. Today, it is Milford Sound. We visited… Continue reading Milford Sound: Unlike anywhere I’d ever been

New Zealand summer spritzer.
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All about New Zealand food, sort of.

Being back from our New Zealand trip for a week, there have been two recurring questions from friends, family, colleagues and strangers — just kidding, I haven't gone around pushing my NZ travel stories on strangers, yet! — which have been: What was your favorite thing about the country? (Or, a similar question like "What… Continue reading All about New Zealand food, sort of.