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My First Snow Day – Queenstown

Looking down over the center of Queenstown, New Zealand covered by a layer of snow

I was born and raised in Minnesota, USA. The winters there are pretty intense.

I’ve been trying to explain what that means for the last several years, but I get the feeling no one really believes me. “Okay, but does it get to…minus 20?” they ask — as if I’m going to fold at the mere mention of such an extreme temperature and reveal that I made the whole thing up. CONTINUE READING

Kawarau Bridge Bungy Jump in Queenstown, New Zealand

Action shot of someone bungy jumping off the Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown, New Zealand | Em Dashed

If I’m going to give anyone advice about doing a Kawarau Bridge bungy jump in Queenstown, let it be this: do not do it if you’re hungover.

Of course, we all handle our hangovers in different ways. I prefer to drink copious amounts of Coca-Cola and stay as still as possible. Other people might like to hang upside down over rushing water, slowly spinning in circles, waiting for people to release you from a giant rubber band and take you back to solid ground. Whatever. As the kids seem to say these days: do you. CONTINUE READING

All About the Nijmeegse Vierdaagse, aka the Walk of the World

People sitting and walking in front of old-fashioned Dutch buildings in the Grote Markt, a city square in Nijmegen, the Netherlands | Em Dashed

Like most reasonable people who have recently committed to renting an apartment, and who have a multitude of tasks ahead of them (including but not limited to: installing new appliances, painting till their arms fall off, eviscerating dust bunnies, and constructing furniture from plastic nails and hopeless dreams), we decided to do literally none of that, and go away for a couple of days last week instead. Because, you know. Priorities. CONTINUE READING