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Enter the Domain: Auckland Domain and Museum

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Right towards the center of the city is a large park known as Aucklan domain.  It’s home to a large number of sports fields for public use, a thousand perfect picnic spots, statues both traditional and modern, and the Auckland museum, which dominates the area from its position on high ground.  You can really tell that New Zealanders value keeping in touch with their land from the fact that they put so much valuable real estate to being a natural …

Found in Auckland: Good Mexican Food!

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I have been living in Japan for the past 7+ years and I love being there.  In general, the food to be found in Japan, especially in Tokyo, is amazing and you are hard pressed for find a bad meal.  It does, however, have one critical flaw: a sever lack of good Mexican restaurants. Image my excitemen (and drool) when we came across a Mexican restaurant tucked back into a side street in Auckland.  Jalapenos is run by a number …

Auckland: First Impressions

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A Positive Crisis Auckland seems like a city going through a mid-life crisis, but in a good way.  It is ditching its old industrial spouse and is seeking to attract the young and hip.  It has a rich history and has long been a critical part of NZ infrastructure with it’s twin ports, but years of suburban sprawl had left the downtown area depleted and soul-less.

A New Beginning

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Nothing like daybreak over the clouds to give you some perspective.

Goodbye for Now: A Dear John Letter to Japan

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Dear Japan, By the time you read this, I will be gone.  I’m sorry that I have to leave like this, but the time has come for me to move on.  I know that this transition will be tough, but I know we will both get through it and continue to see happy days in the future. I leave not out of hate or malice, but because I feel that we have grown apart over these past years and I …