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January 31, 2018

New Zealand: Day 3, Auckland, Part 2

*The original Mãori name for the city

We overnighted a
t the dock in Auckland and
had most of a second day there. I opted for a 4-hour bus tour around the city and across the Auckland Harbor Bridge to the charming little town of Devonport. Afterwards, I took myself to the New Zealand Maritime Museum a couple bloc...

January 31, 2018

A few of you want very specific info on where I’m at. I don’t always know. But we can always find out by going to the right-hand column of the HOME page. Click on ‘Click to find out,’ which appears right below ‘WHERE AM I?’ By the miracle of modern computing, you can see exactly where the Sun is, in real time. 

Now, is that so hard?

January 31, 2018

​New Zealand Day Two: Auckland, Part 1

What’s an auck? It is not a What. It was a Who. Auckland was named for George Eden, the 1st Earl of Auckland (1784-1849), a noted Whig politician and colonial administrator. The city was founded in 1840. 

We pulled into the harbor early Monday, with numerous passengers  (not me) in the bow bar at 6...

January 28, 2018

‘Rubbish’ found under the Kemp House floorboards when renovations were done in 2000

Day One: The Bay of Islands (aka Russell)

When the Mãori first sighted these islands in the 1250’s-1300’s, they called it ‘the land of the long white clouds.’ A Mãori elder we met would not say exactly where the original native discoverers came from — some say from...

January 28, 2018

It's a bit doctored and comes off like a watercolor but, what the hell, it’s pretty, no? 

The drama du jour was the captain coming on the PA at dinner identifying himself as ‘the captain’ and not as ‘your designated driver’ as he usually does. He told us that within 30 minutes, a helicopter would land on an upper deck to transport a passenger to a N...

January 27, 2018

While at the Firewalking locale, I was so tempted to buy 6 of these ensembles for the Ukululus.

Would you believe they didn't have 6 in our size? 


January 26, 2018

​Note: It is really January 26, but the blog site doesn’t believe me.

Until the mid 1800’s, Fijians cooked and ate their enemies in order to show their power over them and to instill in themselves the enemies’ strength. I believe the preferred method was baking with hot rocks in a pit. Think roast suckling pig. 

The victim did not have t...

January 25, 2018

* Guillaume Apollinaire, Le flâneur des deux rives

Every so often, I eat at The Chef's Table, one of the fancier places onboard. Its fixed menu changes every few days, themed to a particular country or culture, and with four wine pairings. The other night was Norwegian Night, proven by the fact that our captain and his wife were there. The menu was...

January 25, 2018

I embarked 6 weeks ago today — well, MY today, which is Friday, January 26, which isn't your today, which is Thursday, January 25. I know, 6 x 7 = 42 and the headline says Day #43. Don’t blame me. Blame the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, who created this confusion. They meant well... 

Anyhoo... folks may have forgotten that there is a full MAP of...

January 25, 2018

Numerous pachydermian replies: Barbar, Celeste in a Tutu, Dumbo with his Feather, Ganesh.... I thought a meditating Elephant in the Sukhasana position. All good! I’ll keep my eye out for more interesting clouds — they are WONDERFUL in this part of the world, don’t you agree?

Having just left Fiji (will take a while to concoct that post — lots of p...

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