Leisurely Fun in Auckland

As my NZed adventure was winding down, I ended up with a full day and a half in the city of Auckland. Much like Wellington, it reminded me of San Francisco with its Victorian and modern architecture along with lots of street-lining trees and green spaces. Auckland had a great public transportation system (for touristy destinations,…

Wellington Wanderings

Leaving the South Island behind, I jumped on the Interislander Ferry and sailed off to “Windy Wellington.” There I stayed in the cozy flat of my friends Keri and Alex—not a hostel! Yay! Feeling a bit burnt out on taking tours, I wandered the city on my own and based loosely on recommendations from the…

Met Gala and South Pole Film Festival

From January 24th… Every year the Met department and the science support team host a wine and cheese night for the station population, and this year’s event doubled as a pre-party for the South Pole Film Festival (SPIFF—I’m guessing the ‘I’ stands for ‘international’). The galley staff prepared for us a lovely arrangement of cheese…

Buenos Aires Graffiti and Street Art

The graffiti and street art here in Bs As is one of the most inspiring and amazing things I’ve seen during the past month. There is graffiti literally everywhere, from the Subte to the rooftops of buildings, in every neighborhood of the city. In other cities graffiti is considered vandalism and is highly frowned upon,…