birds

Redefine Yourself

It has officially been one month since I’ve returned from my around-the-world adventures and I.am.missing.it. Lucky for me, every new day is an adventure. If we let it.
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In addition to the yearly skinny-me resolutions, I’ve decided to read a book a week this year. Starting with the little bit sexy, Crack in Forever.
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Got me a full-time job at NZ’s best cafe.
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Nothin’ beats mama’s homemade muesli. Recipe HERE.
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Somewhere between Lake Tekapo and Queenstown.
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Probably the most touristy NZ location eva.
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Central otago cherries, organic kiwifruit and homemade muesli for dinner. Chur!

Shimane Photo Diary

Yesterday, we road-tripped to Shimane refecture, Japan’s second least populous prefecture after Tottori. We visited two places: 1. Izumo Taisha (one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan) where my Japanese friend’s new car was blessed and 2. Matsue Vogel Park; a large aviary park housing an extensive number of tropical birds. The latter upset me a little. Don’t get me wrong, the park itself was beautiful and of course so were the birds it held but to think that these poor creatures were captured from their homes in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Russia and so forth and brought all the way to Japan (or any other zoo in any other part of the world for that matter), in God-knows what horrific conditions to be caged and gawked at simply for our pleasure, really tore at my heart. I will forever be grateful to my Cultural Studies lecturer, Annie Potts for opening my eyes to humanity’s unjust treatment of animals. Also, Shimane is well-known for its delicious and strong-tasting soba so that’s what we had for lunch and later, at a service station, ramen (pictured below) for dinner. Noodles rule Japan. Here are some pictures:
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