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Milford Sound – #InMyMind Instagram Series Week 3

Milford Sound – #InMyMind Instagram Series Week 3

For the third week of my ‘In My Mind’ series, where I revisit some of my previous trips by posting pictures from the trip redone on Instagram, I picked Milford Sound, which I visited in May 2012. To follow the weekly series as they are posted,  join me on Instagram (username: esmith7273) or look up […]

New Zealand- Epilogue: Best Trip Ever

New Zealand- Epilogue: Best Trip Ever

It took me nine and a half months to finally finish the series of  posts about my trip to New Zealand. I certainly didn’t expect it to take that long, but I am glad I did it the way I did, instead of caving in to pressure from myself to just finish them. This trip […]

A New Zealand Photo Give Away!

A New Zealand Photo Give Away!

 I’m proud to announce my first ever giveaway, which is currently taking place on my Facebook page! I’ve posted an album of 30 photos that I selected as my favorites from the more than 12,000 photos I took during my month long trip last year. All you have to do to participate is head on […]

On the Road in New Zealand- A Photo Essay

On the Road in New Zealand- A Photo Essay

When I got back from the trip, and was organizing my photos, I was surprised at how many photos I’d taken while either on the road or standing next to it after pulling off to the side. All in all, there were over 150 of them, I’ve narrowed it to the twenty best for this […]

The Best of New Zealand Signs

The Best of New Zealand Signs

A land of great beauty and great people- New Zealand also has some of the best signs anywhere in the English-speaking world. Here is a collection of the best from more than 100 photos of signs I took. The New Zealand 2012 Series: New Zealand 2012 by the Numbers Chapter One: Christchurch in One Word: […]

My Jucy Campervan- The Perfect Way to Get Around New Zealand

My Jucy Campervan- The Perfect Way to Get Around New Zealand

I think the title says it all- I loved my Jucy campervan rental and can not imagine seeing New Zealand any other way. It handled the winding nature of New Zealand’s roads perfectly, and was extremely comfortable, both for sleeping and for sitting in working on the computer, the two things I most need from […]

New Zealand- The Places I Stayed

New Zealand- The Places I Stayed

During my 28 nights in New Zealand, I mostly split my nights between staying in hostels and campgrounds. Hostels- Despite having a campervan for the whole journey, I knew I would stay some nights in hostels. This wasn’t because the campervan was uncomfortable to sleep in (It was extremely comfortable), but it was for a […]

New Zealand Idiot Photos

New Zealand Idiot Photos

For those of you who haven’t been with me from the beginning of this blog, (and that is most of you)- I wrote a post early last year explaining what an Idiot Photo is. (See: Hi, My Name is Erik Smith and I’m an Idiot). I certainly don’t take as many of these anymore- they certainly aren’t […]

New Zealand- Chapter Twenty-Nine: All Good Things…

New Zealand- Chapter Twenty-Nine: All Good Things…

After the most amazing twenty-eight days of travel I’ve ever done, it was time for me to head home. I spent the morning finishing up the repacking of my overstuffed bags. I didn’t have to return the car until 1 PM, so I headed over to One Tree Hill, a place I’d visited almost a […]

New Zealand- Chapter Twenty-Eight: The Auckland/New Zealand Dichotomy

New Zealand- Chapter Twenty-Eight: The Auckland/New Zealand Dichotomy

Auckland’s a very cool city. Cosmopolitan. Great Museums. World Class Restaurants. Top Notch Entertainment Venues. Plenty of outdoor adventure activities. Mostly agreeable weather year-round. Good beaches close to the city. Beautiful setting. Yet, still, I found it really hard to warm to Auckland, and to no fault of it’s own, it’s just it pails in comparison to […]

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