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March 29, 2017

I blinked to make sure what I was seeing was real.

The water rippled with a tint that looked like ink had spilled between the mountains. The rocky giants themselves cut through the sky and were bathed in sunlight in such a way that I wondered if I walked far enough I’d...

March 21, 2017

Yesterday I woke up with an exhilarating thought. Every step I made was one step closer to jumping off a bridge. While the thought gave me knots in my stomach, it also fueled pure excitement. I was on my way to bungy jump off Kawarau Bridge, the first commercial bungy...

March 18, 2017

Everyone looks to the mountain’s peak, a towering giant that makes a man feel small and insignificant. They stand in a state of awe induced panic, wondering how something so massive could share the same space as them. In that moment, are they no more than the ants they...

March 17, 2017

Over the course of 11 days abroad, I have exerted more physical energy than I have in the last month. Yes, besides being woefully out of shape, exercising outdoors never appealed to my workout routine. However, New Zealand challenged me to push against this mental aver...

March 17, 2017

The breezy air drifted in off the water at the Frankton Bus Shelter in Queenstown. I stood and watched a bus rumble away without me. Madison and I were set to visit the Dorothy Brown Cinema nestled just 25 kilometers away in the cozy town of Arrowtown, but with only a...

March 13, 2017

The sun beats down on the sheep’s thick, full coat. The sky breathes a deep sigh of relief as a breeze moves past, rustling the grass and shrubs beneath its feet. The sheep has grazed all day, taking in the beauty of the massive mountains that seem to touch the sky. Th...

March 13, 2017

7:14. I just beat the alarm. 45 minutes to be ready to go. I’m groggy. I still have packing to do but my brain is functioning at 50 percent. I stuff my clothes in a bag, not worrying if they’re folded or not. Time flies by and now we must say goodbye. Load up the van....

March 11, 2017

As we prepared to leave Auckland, packing our luggage into the van in a seemingly impossible game of Tetris, the Alpine Living team bantered amongst ourselves. We joked that we wanted our hotel in Christchurch to grant us three wishes. We wanted: air conditioning, a wo...

March 9, 2017

I live for a good love story. Boy meets girl. They date, fall in love and have a happy ending just as Nicholas Sparks taught us in classics like The Notebook. 

While in Auckland, I came across two Kiwis who had a love story that could put Dear John to shame. 

Meet Banksy...

I’m sitting in the backseat of a small car, looking out the window. Ahead of us is a small tractor on the highway. We quickly maneuver around it and keep on our way past rows of corn and fields of dairy cows to a family owned farm dotted with magnolia and pecan trees....

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