Getting Around the World in About One Month

When I set out on this journey, I planned to take in the world, not take it on. I went to places I’d read about, but never seen. Nowhere I visited was “undiscovered.” There were Starbucks, Apple Stores, and KFC’s...

Welcome to the Sky

I can’t talk about my day without acknowledging what happened in Connecticut. It’s impossible to imagine anything more sad. As I’ve encountered people from all over the world today, when they learn I’m American, they have offered their condolences. It’s...

Queenstown is Remarkable

Saying the Remarkable Mountains, which stand guard over Queenstown, are “remarkable” is a bit like telling a tall person he’s tall. “Hey! How’s the weather up there, guy?” Sure, it’s true, but you’re not the first idiot to say it....

God Save the Queenstown

I’ve only just come into Queenstown from Auckland, but may I illustrate the difference between these two cities? Auckland is a big city — beautiful — but big. It’s not unlike Philadelphia. Queenstown is more like, say, Vail. As I...

Kia Ora Auckland

In the Maori language, “Kia Ora” means “Hello,” “Welcome,” and “Thank You.” There is so much to this country. For example, skiing is abundant in the winter. You could head to Whakapapa, which is pronounced “Fuck-a-Papa.” No, sadly, I’m not kidding....

Auckland Couriers

I flew from Sydney to Auckland today. I got to the airport early so I walked around a bit. It’s amazing the kinds of places you can go from Sydney. Macau, Shanghai, Fiji, Guam, Atlanta…the list goes on. The talk...

Reflections on Sydney

If Paris is known for kissing, Copenhagen for bikes, Cape Town for Table Mountain, and Hong Kong for shopping. Then, Sydney must be known for beer. Because they drink a lot of it. But there’s a lot more to this...

Left is Right in the Commonwealth

This morning, my friends invited me to join them for a relaxing Sunday morning. Because the weather was a bit grey, we decided to take a ride through the City and its Eastern Suburbs. When switching countries, it’s always a...