Faces of travel

Faces of travel

I went to Mendoza on the weekend. Just put on my tennis shoes on and walked around the city for a whole day. I didn’t take my hair dryer, an extra change of shoes, a map, nor did I have a plan… it was so a-typical for me (more…)

Moving-on, and a big fat Chilean lunch

Moving-on, and a big fat Chilean lunch

It seems that I’m a bit of a late bloomer. I’ve now been in Chile for four months, and haven’t done much travelling out of Santiago. I haven’t visited the sites in the south, Easter Island, Argentina or Brazil that I know I “must see” – before you start, I have already had to handle the shocked reactions of the locals, so please do your best to hold back your gasps ;). I myself thought I would have travelled more by now, but it’s just been the way things have turned out with my travel companions and their plans changing. So my travel plans keep getting put off to later.

This being said, (more…)

Celebration fever

Celebration fever

Accompanying song: Hugo – 99 Problems

The Rugby World Cup kicks off today (no pun intended), in little old New Zealand. And it’s clear from talking with friends back home and reading my newsfeed that there is a real buzz about what’s going on. Even people in Hamilton are getting excited *gasp* ;). And then there are the kiwis residing internationally, clearly wishing that they had traded in their Christmas flights-home in the name of rugby fever. But alas, here we are on international borders, searching for sites streaming the action live on the internet at 5 in the morning.

I have a special interest in being home this weekend for another reason too. No it’s not because I’m secretly dating an All Black, although I did photograph one oneday, best.day.ever. Not to see the awesome ceremonies, parties or even to see sheep run through the city, well, maybe a bit. But mostly to celebrate the third birthday of one of the most beautiful things on this earth, my niece.  I’ve never missed a big milestone of hers until now. So although I’m in Chile this weekend, my heart is in the Coromandel with my nieces and their parents.


A big happy birthday to one little princess on her third birthday and congratulations those lucky enough to be in New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup! Maybe now people will have a better idea about where NZ is on a map. No New Zealand is not a part of Europe, we’re that little country in the south pacific shaped like an arm.

 

Felicitaciones!

Do babies look like aliens to you?

Accompanying video: ‘Babies’ Directed by Thomas Balmès. (2010)



I don’t know what it is, maybe it’s the unconscious ticking of my feminine body clock, the pregnancy and baby photos greeting me on Facebook everyday, or the quiet longing I have for my nieces and my own family while I’m in a foreign country… but I’m experiencing a strange and irrational desire to procreate. Of course for important and obvious reasons it’s not for me at the current time, but when I see a baby or a small child, something makes me want to cuddle it – and I can’t explain why. (more…)