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A Sunny Day at Cloudy Bay Winery

A Sunny Day at Cloudy Bay Winery

Spring had sprung in the South Island of New Zealand, and in the Marlborough wine region, farmers were selling their fruit crops roadside. Pink blossoms and yellow gorse stood out from the never-ending green fields. Being early in the morning, there was still a slight nip in the air, but the cloudless sky allowed the sun to shine brightly. It would warm up shortly; it’s the hot and sunny days followed by cool nights that make Marlborough perfect for grape growing.

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Out a Window or in a Mirror?

Out a Window or in a Mirror?

Both for the few adventuring travelers who still exist and for the larger number of travelers-turned-tourists, voyaging becomes a pseudo-event. . . . Planned tours, attractions, fairs, expositions ‘especially for tourists,’ and all their prefabricated adventures can be persuasively advertised in advance. They can be made convenient, comfortable, risk-free, trouble-free, as spontaneous travel never was and never is. We go more and more where we expect to go. We get money-back guarantees that we will see what we expect to see. Anyway, we go more and more, not to see at all, but only to take pictures. Like the rest of our experience, travel becomes a tautology. The more strenuously and self-consciously we work at enlarging our experience, the more pervasive the tautology ...

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Calling all Kiwis (and New Zealand Lovers)*Revised*

Calling all Kiwis (and New Zealand Lovers)*Revised*

Kia ora! It seems like only yesterday that my husband and I were deciding where our next trip-of-a-lifetime would be. Thailand was mentioned. I thought Spain and Morocco or Greece and Turkey would be the ticket. We tabled the discussion when my husband was called to Dubai. He returned and was singing the praises of New Zealand. That’s where he wanted to go. Since I chose our last trip-of-a-lifetime (Rome), I figured that it was his turn to pick.

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