Nov 14 2007
On the Way to New Zealand
I am about to fly all the way from my home in Portland Oregon to New Zealand where I will teach for four days in Christchurch and then visit my other home in Nelson and Golden Bay, which by the way is absolute paradise. If you have never been to New Zealand take the first plane to Nelson. I will miss a whole day in the transition and spend countless hours in a plane trying to sleep. I read a blog recently by Bonnie Price who shared that she spends the hours of overseas travel on her lap top writing. I am envious. My fear of flying and general travel fatigue motivate me to take sleeping pills so I can zonk out for most of the 14 hours between Vancouver and Auckland. It is a waste of good writing time but sleep is more important.
Speaking of writing there are some fun New Zealand writers on kiwiboomers.com
Check it out to get a feel for the country. Another is Jane Pujji, one of New Zealand’s wonderful poets who writes to your heart from her heart. Her book Love Followed Me Home is fresh off the press and I am looking forward to getting my signed copy very soon. Go to her website to get a glimpse.
More tidbits from New Zealand will be dribbling in during the next two weeks so stay tuned.