The Scottish Play

“By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes.” – Macbeth Act IV, Scene I

It’s nearly 30 degrees Celsius with 100% humidity here in NZ at the moment.  It’s muggy, my washing won’t dry, and my awesome weekend plans got washed away like the rain in a drain. So to take comfort, I decided to treat myself to an evening of murder, tyranny, and political ambition. Continue reading “The Scottish Play”

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The Anti-Climax of Not Smoking

“Until we have begun to go without them, we fail to realize how unnecessary many things are. We’ve been using them not because we needed them but because we had them.” – Seneca

As a child I lived through a period of anxiety and emotional trauma, living with two aggressive alcoholic parents (one mentally, one physically), and at around the age of 14, I developed an addiction that would stay with me for over 20 years. Continue reading “The Anti-Climax of Not Smoking”

Why it’s ok to have no contact…

“Man is disturbed not by things, but by the views he takes of them.” –  Epictetus

The other night I was chatting to a friend in the pub (where else now that Dry January is over!?) about the upsetting fact that her ex boyfriend had blocked her on social media. Continue reading “Why it’s ok to have no contact…”

Hike the Hunuas

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks” – John Muir

In the quest to experience as much as possible from life and from this beautiful country that I now call home, I’m on a one-woman mission to get outdoors as much as possible and explore some of the more ‘out of the way’ areas of New Zealand.

This weekend, I decided to take a 20km hike through the Hunua Ranges, which lie just to the east of Auckland, and which is the largest native forest in the region. Continue reading “Hike the Hunuas”

January Update: The 2,018km in 2018 challenge…

“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men, gang aft a-gley” – Robert Burns

The end of January is already upon us, and I’m sad to report a woefully lame start to the 2,018km in 2018 challenge. Continue reading “January Update: The 2,018km in 2018 challenge…”

The Art of Banksy Exhibition

 

“We can’t do anything to change the world until capitalism crumbles. In the meantime we should all go shopping to console ourselves” – Banksy

Last weekend I went to see the Art of Banksy exhibition in Auckland. For a mere $37.50 (ahem – see below), you can go and point your eyes at around 80 Banksy originals. Until the 6th of February anyway.

Now I’m a big fan of social commentary, anarchy, art, and Banksy’s work in general, but I have to say I wasn’t exactly blown away by the exhibition.

It’s hard to pin point exactly why. Continue reading “The Art of Banksy Exhibition”

Trekking the Tongariro

“Be happy for this moment, this moment is your life” – Marcus Aurellius

So recently I ticked off one of my ‘NZ Bucket List’ items by completing the Tongariro Crossing with a couple of friends.

There’s been a lot of unsettled weather here on the North Island these last few weeks, and so we really lucked out with the weather, enjoying a clear day and views all the way to Mount Taranaki in the West, and uninterrupted views of Mount Ngauruhoe (aka Mount Doom LOTR fans). Continue reading “Trekking the Tongariro”