Revisiting White Island

In 2008 when I start I Must Be Off! I used this photograph of myself. It was taken near the crater on White Island. The air was toxic. Our camera fogged up after this photo, so we don’t have many other photos of the island. I just remember everywhere steam from vents, the smell of […]

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An Aotearoa Affair Blog Carnival

Art by Darcy NicholasI’m honored to host the May edition of the Aotearoa Affair Blog Carnival. It’s almost like I’ve been dubbed an honorary Kiwi. Pop on over to the Carnival. It’s full of great stuff by writers, filmmakers and artists from all over the world — but mainly from New Zealand and Germany. Enjoy […]

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Call for Submissions — Frankfurt Book Fair 2012: An Aotearoa Affair

In May I’ll be hosting a blog carnival celebrating New Zealand, this year’s honored guest at the Frankfurt Book Fair (die Frankfurter Buchmesse). The carnival features writers, artists, photographers, poets and essayists from (not only) Germany and New Zealand. This time, we’d like submissions from all over the globe on the theme “BI”. Submissions can […]

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Expat Author Interview with Michelle Elvy

Michelle ElvyFrom a spacious Edwardian mansion to a little green sailboat, Michelle Elvy has come–or drifted–a long way to a larger, yellow sailboat named Momo. She was born in North Carolina but grew up in Annapolis, Maryland. She’s lived in New Orleans, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich (yay!) and Leipzig, a thrilling place to be in the […]

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From D to NZ — Eine Wanderung

This blog post is part of An Aotearoa Affair: A Blog Fest from Kiel to Kaitaia, a collaborative web initiativein anticipation of the Frankfurt Bookfair in October, where New Zealand is the Guest of Honour. On sunny autumn days, the mountain lakes of Bavaria are overrun with families and couples and elderly hardcore walkers getting […]

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Flying Home for the Holidays

I’m packing. Not much, since I have clothes, mouthwash and reading material at my parents’. In fact, let’s say I’m not packing. All I need is my passport, my e-ticket and my wallet. The carry-on bag is just for show. It’s good that it’s so light, though: Due to my shoulder injury, I can’t lift […]

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Sacks, Boats, and Clots!

In New Zealand, there are tons of things to do. Imagine the most extreme outdoor activity, and the Kiwis do it, only better. You could camp, tramp, bike and surf; kayak, snowboard, heli-ski and scuba dive. We didn’t do any of that stuff, but we did find the fence with all the bras on it. […]

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New Zealand: Pull up to Paradise and Park

My equation for a stress-free vacation: x + y = 0, where x is equal to the number of decisions I have to make and y is equal to . . . the number of decisions I have to make. Stress on vacation is the bane of all travelers. Getting from the airport to the […]

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