Linnea Ashley on February 16th, 2007

one of the things i found vastly different about zed was their concept of danger. one of my first nights in auckland i walked to a concert a little ways from my house. i left at around 10pm and didn’t get home until after 2am. and while i was very vigilant on my walk home […]

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Linnea Ashley on January 26th, 2007

one of the things i adored about zed was the abundance of water. i could be almost anywhere in auckland and see the ocean. in all reality, zed is so narrow that you can be almost anywhere and be a reasonable distance from the ocean. something about seeing that green blue water sparkling, its color […]

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Linnea Ashley on December 17th, 2006

my heart is breaking…profoundly… i’ll be home soon…be patient with me as i cope with saying goodbye.

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Linnea Ashley on December 8th, 2006

i admit i paid for it, though out of my head it is definitely a silly concept. i took a mudbath today. not just any gathered in my shoe or under your tires mud, straight from the mudholes…or so they say. either way, strange though it is, it felt nice. the thermal mineral rich waters […]

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Linnea Ashley on December 8th, 2006

it is the smell of the devil and giardia, eggs left forgotten in the sun and of a struck match…and rotura smells of it as well. the scent of sulfer is in the air, an inconsistent companion depending on the wind’s direction. but then, the acrid smell is part of the reason so many people […]

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Linnea Ashley on December 8th, 2006

i don’t have pictures cuz i’m by myself and they were gonna charge me $25. and while they were cute photos and would remind me of a grand time…the money i spent zorbing was enough of an investment. but let me tell you…if you EVER get the chance to jump in an oversized beach ball […]

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Linnea Ashley on December 4th, 2006

the other night i dreamed…or rather nightmared…that i showed up to my speech for my rotary club without my powerpoint. i woke up frantic and determined to not let that happen. so i reminded myself over and over again and S reminded me over and over again. so this morning as i prepared i checked […]

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Linnea Ashley on November 9th, 2006

It is amazing how much sound and scent can trigger an emotional response. I can’t help but wonder how I will remember new Zealand. Will it be in the scent of lavender? South Africa is clearly the smell of orange blossoms in the air…that and decomposing donkey on the side of the road – don’t […]

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Linnea Ashley on October 30th, 2006

It isn’t difficult for me to get caught up in my life here in zed and forget that I’m in another country. I mean, yes, the demographics are WIDELY different than what I would find in downtown Houston, Dallas, or New Orleans…I just don’t think to myself every second of the day, “You’re in another […]

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Linnea Ashley on August 20th, 2006

New zealand oysters taste like the ocean smells. Given that the beaches here don’t smell like the gulf of mexico that is just a salty fishy flavour. That’s what I had for lunch…the smell of a clean ocean.   That, with a delicate veggie quiche and some fresh bread, was the lunch I was pampered […]

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