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Lunchbreakjog

In Australia, the culture of "laid-backness" can be seen when people finish their jobs strictly by 5 PM.

In New Zealand, they jog during the lunch break.

 

Jogging during a lunch break, Wellington, New Zealand

Jogging during a lunch break, Wellington, New Zealand

 

I started to wonder which is longer -  READ MORE »

Lithuanian community in New Zealand — a warm welcome

Coming to Wellington to participate in a meeting of Lithuanian community promised to be quite fascinating.
Firstly, I never heard of any Lithuanians living in New Zealand prior to the trip, furthermore, New Zealand is probably the most distant country from Lithuania.

Even if we met the people for the first time, it seemed like we are old friends. A good and nearly forgotten feeling.

Nice dinner in a restaurant during the evening, the BBQ in the backyard on the following day.

 

Flexibility and stretch test using a short broom, Wellington, New Zealand
Flexibility and stretch test using a short broom, Wellington, New Zealand

 

Relaxed conversations,  READ MORE »

The dream job of NZ

A good example of corporate unawareness about real life outside the office walls.
Who on Earth could create such an ad in New Zealand?

Advertisement in a newspaper offering a job of a lamb boner, New Zealand

Advertisement in a newspaper offering a job of a lamb boner, New Zealand

Even if in New Zealanders' version of English it is perfectly legit, there still are  READ MORE »

Mountain seals

What do employees tired of routine in their life do? They go for a vacation close by the sea. Or still better, leave their jobs and go travelling for a year.
What do the seals do when they are tired of the routine in the sea?

 

A seal relaxing on the rocks with a view at the mountains, Kaikoura, New Zealand

A seal relaxing on the rocks with a view at the mountains, Kaikoura, New Zealand

 

They go for the mountains.  READ MORE »

Hills with measles

New Zealand is environmentally friendly, fresh and clean. But not totally clean as some imagine. Take didymo for example. It becomes rather an important problem nowadays.
And now this. Some hills in the country started being ill with measles.

Pink spots plaguing the green hills, near Kaikoura, New Zealand

Pink spots plaguing the green hills, near Kaikoura, New Zealand  READ MORE »

The unexpected object of art

If somebody would have told me that one day I'll choose an electricity pole and especially power lines as objects of photography, I'd laugh heartily and have a good day onwards, as that seemed quite impossible. I am always trying to get those nasty things away from the frame, as it looks out of place in most of the compositions. "Wires are ugly", that was a strong imprint in my head.

 

Electricity pole with wires standing in front of red-yellow-black dramatic sky, near Oxford, New Zealand

Electricity pole with wires standing in front of red-yellow-black dramatic sky, near Oxford, New Zealand

Well, rapidly changing Canterbury's weather  READ MORE »

Find a needle in the glacier

A wonderful thing those glaciers. Just like living creatures, they move. Slowly, but persistently.
For example, Franz Josef and Fox glaciers are one of the most dynamic, so they not only move around 1 meter per day, but also have a turnover time of 5 years. It means that the rain that has fallen on top of the glacier 5 years ago, will become ice, travel down and melt on the bottom of the glacier today. That is considered fast in the world of glaciers.

 

Red moss on the rocks, grey ice behind, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

Red moss on the rocks, grey ice behind, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

One would expect only grey rock and white ice, but the area around delights the eye with  READ MORE »

Extreme of the extremes

There are scores of extreme sports and activities to do in New Zealand.

Jet boating near Queenstown, New Zealand

Jet boating near Queenstown, New Zealand

 

Could select from bungy jumping, sky diving, white water rafting, jet boating and what not, if you just please.

The choice is overwhelming. As if you'd migrate from a communist block country with empty shelves in the shops, to a  READ MORE »

Shouldn't Queenstown be situated in Queensland?

Queenstown, New Zealand's capital of extreme sports, manages to disguise as a nice, cozy and peaceful small town at the same time.

Cozy streets with a good view, Queenstown, New Zealand

Cozy streets with a good view, Queenstown, New Zealand

 

A lake,  READ MORE »

Milford Sound — as far opposite from sand desert as possible

Rain in large quantities is not useful. Even in agriculture. That's a fact.
Today we found out that it does good to Milford Sound, one of the wettest places in the world, which gets to live under a nearly constant shower, accumulating to a staggering 6,8 meters of rainfall per year.

 

Cruise ship leaving to fjords, Milford Sound, New Zealand: Adjusted shadows and highlights

Cruise ship leaving to fjords, Milford Sound, New Zealand

The positive thing is that it  READ MORE »

Mirror this, State Departments of Tourism

A glorious view, mountains, forest, crystal clear waters of the lake and ice fresh air.

Hordes of international tourists, old and young.

This needs a very serious approach to all the infrastructure, right?

 Mountainous landscape around Mirror Lakes, Milford Sound, New Zealand
Mountainous landscape around Mirror Lakes, Milford Sound, New Zealand

 

Maybe in Australia.

Here, in New Zealand, they (probably quite an official governmental institution called the Department of Conservation) managed to drop a small creative  READ MORE »

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