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Getaway With Soleil: Auckland Part 3

            In a novel, the action after the climax tends to wrap the story up quickly. Lovers reunite. Sometimes there’s a wedding or a funeral. Bodies are buried. Mysteries are revealed and criminals arrested. In a vacation, however, especially a prolonged holiday, the lull between destinations tends to be a little less interesting. While this… Continue reading Getaway With Soleil: Auckland Part 3

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Getaway with Soleil: A Night at The Cordis

            Most of the time, my accommodations fall cleanly into the ‘affordable’ category. On family road trips, we’d sometimes stay in Best Westerns or Motel 6s: pools rarely open, itchy comforters, views of small towns or open fields, free cable TV, and reasonable pricing for a night between here and there. My current holiday will… Continue reading Getaway with Soleil: A Night at The Cordis

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Getaway with Soleil: Auckland Part 2

               Here’s what you’ve missed so far on my holiday: Soleil and I took off from Vancouver for a trip through Auckland and Australia. We’ll meet each other’s families, eat so much food, and see the sights. So far, we’ve sampled some heart-warming Buddhist rice, sighted adorable animals at the zoo, and survived dark tunnels.… Continue reading Getaway with Soleil: Auckland Part 2

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Getaway with Soleil: Auckland Part 1

               The last time I visited New Zealand was in 2016. I flew in July, the southern winter, to surprise my dad for his birthday. I spent a few weeks exploring the city and sights, spending quality time with my family, and thinking through life. I was supposed to return for a trip in summer… Continue reading Getaway with Soleil: Auckland Part 1

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The Auckland Adventures Part IV

My kind of cold became a full blown problem, but I didn’t let it completely stop me from having adventures. Pretty much what I did was grab a bunch of tissues before I left the house, bundled up in comfy clothes, and drank lots of tea. It worked well enough for me to have a… Continue reading The Auckland Adventures Part IV

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The Auckland Adventures Part III

Unfortunately, the adventures slowed down as two members of the family caught colds—I was one of them. To say that having a stuffy nose, sore throat, and dry cough on vacation are fun things would be an absolute lie. Still, I didn’t let a common cold keep me from having my requisite one adventure a… Continue reading The Auckland Adventures Part III

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The Auckland Adventures Part II

The adventures continued into Friday as Dad and I began a bookstore tour of the Ponsonby area of Auckland, where Pinterest had pointed me toward most of the ‘best’ literary shops. Ponsonby definitely has the air of a hipster paradise with its trendy restaurants and bars, various clothing stores, and numerous coffee and bookshops. It… Continue reading The Auckland Adventures Part II

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The Auckland Adventures Part I

Surprise! Normally, when I’m very excited about events or things, I can’t help but write or post about them. Since my trip to Auckland, New Zealand was a surprise for my dad I couldn’t really do that, now could I? So here I am, writing this post from the wintery winds of the supercity to… Continue reading The Auckland Adventures Part I