Bay of Islands from Above, New Zealand [360-Degree Panorama]

bay of islands

Perspective. There are times to sit and relax on a white sand beach and enjoy the proximity of the crashing waves. And then there are times to climb up to get up above it all.Waewaetorea Island is one of those times to take the climb. From the top you get a 360-degree view of around 35 islands that make up the Bay of Islands in the North Island.Open the … [Read more...]

A Tandem Bungy Jump on Valentine’s Day [VIDEO]

Tandem Bungy Jump on Valentine's Day - Kawarau Bridge near Queenstown, New Zealand

I am starting to wonder about you guys. every time you celebrate your 'love' (V-day, anniversary) you jump off something very high. Please explain. -- A good friend responds to our Valentine’s Day bungy jump, capturing a little problem we seem to have.So there we were in New Zealand, Valentine’s Day approaching. We find ourselves in Queenstown, the so-called … [Read more...]

Pursue the Precious: A Maori Blessing

Emerald Lakes - Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand

Whāia te iti kahurangi, ki te tuohu koutou me he maunga teitei.Pursue that which is most precious. If you should bow down, let it only be to a lofty mountain -- Maori blessingSometimes in life, we find ourselves fortunate enough to be surrounded by so much beauty that we can feel a bit like we are drowning. … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: The Hidden Peacock Mosque – Isfahan, Iran

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"If you look up, at just the right time, you'll see a peacock on the ceiling," our guide, Javad, explained as he walked us under the gilded and tiled dome of Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque in Isfahan, Iran.We craned our necks, searching for just the right angle. With the aid of sunlight passing through a nearby window, an image of a peacock -- previously unseen, now … [Read more...]

72 hours in Edinburgh: Stone, Ale and Spirit

Edinburgh rooftops

In celebration of Robert Burns Day in Scotland, we share our favorite pints, places, and provisions from the fair city of Edinburgh. Now, what did we miss?What’s the essence of Edinburgh? I probably need to return to answer that in earnest. But if you visit Edinburgh for a couple of days, here are a handful of things you could see, eat, drink and otherwise … [Read more...]

Next Up: New Zealand, When I Close My Eyes

This is a story about faraway places and our relationship to the somewheres we dream of visiting. It's also about the fact that we fly to New Zealand next Monday.Some places on our planet seem to lend themselves to the imagination, that is to the image of the mind, to putting eyes closed and attempting to place yourself somewhere you’ve never been. Think about … [Read more...]

An Ode to Haggis

Haggis, Neeps and Tatties - Edinburgh, Scotland

This is a story about making peace with a squishy edible ball of sheep innards, and a song I rewrote to help me through the process.I have a confession to make. I was afraid of haggis, almost deathly so. You could say I harbored an irrational fear of the stuff. Yes, haggis. … [Read more...]