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March 22, 2006

Finally. She posts photos.

It's another gorgeous sunny day in Auckland. They say this is autumn, and certainly the leaves are beginning to turn a brilliant red, but it still feels like summer to me. The nights are beginning to get a little cooler and sometimes the air fills with smell of campfires and outdoor fireplaces. This is certainly the least polluted city I've ever lived in. I love being able to smell the rain that's falling across the habour and seeing buildings crisply and clearly in the deep in the distance. I think I got used to the eternal haze of and pollution of southern Ontario.

So here is my first post with photos. If it all works according to plan you should be able to click on these small images and a pop-up window will show up with the larger version.

The photos below were taken not long after I arrived. I was on the ferry on my way back to city central from the suburb of Devenport.

And I know what you're thinking... "She moved to a city that is almost a replica of Toronto. I mean just look at that faux CN Tower!" When you get upclose you'll see Auckland's Skytower does look quite different.

By the way, it's the tallest building in the southern hemisphere But they cheated a bit by building it on a hill.

Thanks for all of the comments you've been leaving. Its makes me feel a bit more in touch with home.

xo

March 15, 2006

Welcome to my new blog!!!

It's beeen very hard for me to focus on getting this blog together (what with all this beautiful summer weather and all the lovely new sights and sounds). I've been through an excessive number of hurdles to get it up and running. But... I'm very very happy to be writing my first post. I wanted to set this up, not just as a way for me to share my travelling experiences with all of you, but for you to be able to talk back to me. There is a comment link at the bottom of each post. (I'm willing you to use it right now!) It would be lovely if this page was much more like a dialogue than a monologue.

For the first little while this blog will be running a bit out of order. I'll be telling you all about what's going on in my life now, but I also want to get you caught up on my Hong Kong and Thailand adventures. As I've had many many escapades in the past couple of months, I'll likely just put things in as they occur to me.

For those of you who are new to blogging, "blog" is simply short for weblog. It is, simply put, an on-line journal. The main differences being that a blog is interactive, dynamic and good. So read it!! ( And respond :-> )

This blog is powered by a program called Moveable Type, which I am learning as I go. (Please be patient with me.) You'll hopefully see little changes happenning slowly to this page as I tweak it away from the template that I was given toward my own design and modifications.

To use the comment tags you do have to share a bit of your personal information (really just your name and perhaps your email address). This information is for me only and is to help prevent spammers from clogging up my pages with their comments. Of course those clever spammers will likely get in anyway, but I'll be keeping an eye on things to figure out how to best keep them at bay.

Miss you all!!!

Oh... And today is the one month anniversary of Robert and I touching down on new and picturesque home.

xo Heather