Destination: Australia/New Zealand

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Lets not forget the lands down under that deserve their own spot on any list but because of their proximity, might as well visit them both in one trip if you can manage. Don’t tell either country how great they are or they will box your ears if you say one is better than the other.  Don’t mistake any strong attitudes for anger as they are just as friendly as strong willed. The landscapes differ as well with the hot deserts of Australia and snow capped mountains of New Zealand, none of which you can find in any other part of the world nor the ultimate beauty of either.

May 2, 2018

So I was off to see the Shire (of Lord of the Rings fame); however, I must have not set my watch on New Zealand time after hopping a flight from Melbourne, Australia the day before. I missed the bus to where they filmed the Hobbit's home village -- it was probably too touristy anyway, so I took a mindful moment to center myself, not to be disappointed on my best laid plans, breathed in and out and took a bus in the opposite di...

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