Te Uru Taumatua

What a brilliant Marae!  Te Uru Taumatua near Whakatane.  Well worth the visit!  It's a Maori Meeting House of Incredible Sustainability and vision.  Brilliant!  This amazing marae welcomes visitors and enthusiastically explains the journey of transformation.  The marae is a treat to behold, and well worth the effort to go and explore.  Their journey is…

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Portrait Snatching

Photo Bombing; when someone is having a photo taken and you burst in on the scene.  Captured forever on someone else's photograph. Selfies; a new term to capture the essence of how self-absorbed we have become. Portrait Snatching; a term I have invented to describe the moment you record someone's portrait when they are completely…

Ancient Roman Africa

They came, they saw, they conquered.  The Romans, that is, in Africa!  Walking up to Volubilis near Meknes, Moroccco, one might be forgiven with thinking you were in the Italian countryside, and not Africa! That the Romans sought to cross the Straits of Gibraltar around the first century, and build this little metropolis, is amazing.…

Dumpster Diving in Madrid

Hola from Madrid!  We arrived bleary-eyed and comatose jet-lagged yesterday, after 3full days travelling via Dubai, to stay with our friends Maria and Rodrigo.  How fascinating to see how people live on the other side of the world!  Coming from New Zealand, where most people live in houses with gardens, we were surprised to see…