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After Brazil and now New Zealand!

January 27, 2015

Not a very faithful blogger, I realize ... the Brazil experience was phenomenal but details and photos will have to be posted later when I can do it justice.

Right now, I am in the middle of another adventure.  I am in New Zealand, where I have had an amazing experience teaching at the Manawatu Symposium.  The organizers were absolutely incredible, running the whole show with volunteers.  I was surrounded by smiles: the organizers smiled throughout because it all went so smoothly, the volunteers smiled as they helped us all find our way around, the other tutors and I smiled with the thrill of being there, and the talented, kind, and thoroughly delightful students smiled too. But you don't want to read a bunch of text about it! Show me the pictures, you say!

 

Devon Island - a ferry ride away from Auckland

Devon Island - a ferry ride away from Auckland

View on the hike to Hot Water Beach, Coromandel Peninsula

View on the hike to Hot Water Beach, Coromandel Peninsula

Cheesy tourist photo at the giant kiwi on the drive to Rotorua

Cheesy tourist photo at the giant kiwi on the drive to Rotorua

Geothermal activity at Te Puia in Rotorua

Geothermal activity at Te Puia in Rotorua

View from Te Mata Peak in Napier

View from Te Mata Peak in Napier

View from my hotel window in Hawkes Bay

View from my hotel window in Hawkes Bay

Just outside Christchurch as I begin my tour of the south island

Just outside Christchurch as I begin my tour of the south island

View from inside the boat as we toured Milford sound, on a day so cold it snowed ... in the middle of summer.

View from inside the boat as we toured Milford sound, on a day so cold it snowed ... in the middle of summer.

Arrived in Queenstown just in time for the "Running of the Wools"

Arrived in Queenstown just in time for the "Running of the Wools"

Stunning scenery everywhere we went....

Stunning scenery everywhere we went....

View from the helicopter just before landing on the Franz-Josef Glacier

View from the helicopter just before landing on the Franz-Josef Glacier

View from the train on the Trans-Alpine Railway ride back to Christchurch

View from the train on the Trans-Alpine Railway ride back to Christchurch