Vagabond Tim
My Trip through Europe complete I flew home to drop off my kid sister and visit family for a few days. A few days full of meetings, driving, and an unpleasant amount of cold, in August. It wasn’t long before I was heading to the airport bound for New Zealand, and happy to be away from Canada!

With memories of sunsets and castles fresh in my mind I couldn’t imagine anything being quite so scenic, Waipu was having no part of it and decided to be sunny and wonderful despite the claims that it is in fact ‘winter’ here.

Having no idea what kind of madness I had gotten myself into by agreeing to edit a trilogy I immediately spent 18 hours in bed followed by a day at the beach before actually looking at the material I had to work with.

At some point after I had been standing in the sun taking photos for a prolonged period someone happened to mention that the ozone layer is about 10% thinner over New Zealand than in the northern hemisphere, primarily due to pollution FROM the northern hemisphere… Thanks guys…

Somehow I avoided becoming radioactive and having my skin fall off like a snake molting, but still that is a fairly important thing to warn people about as one can get a wicked sunburn here, in mid winter. I am so glad not to be facing -40C and the constant threat of maple scented bear attacks.

Appropriately enough it was sunset when I left Ireland, and achingly beautiful

Appropriately enough it was sunset and achingly beautiful when I left Ireland

Clearly this is a town that doesn't like not being the prettiest girl in the room

Clearly this is a town that insists on being the prettiest girl in the room

I stood on the beach for a few hours or so transfixed by the ocean

I stood on the beach for a few hours or so transfixed by the ocean

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