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25 February 2006

a myriad firsts

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currently in rotorua on the north island. in the past four days, kai and i have visited the northernmost point of new zealand, beautiful cape reinga; stood in the presence of the kauri gods of the waipoua forest; boarded down giant sand dunes; seen a geyser erupting; witnessed traditional maori song and dance; and seen our first kiwi! needless to say, i'm having an absolutely amazing time.

internet cafe prices are horribly high. i'll expand this entry later (make sure to check it again). i've uploaded some new galleries... but before you check out the pics, check out this 3.6mb avi video of me boarding down the sand dunes near cape reinga. you have much checking to do... go now and check.

posted by paul at Sat 25 Feb 2006 at 18:28:58 EST (-05:00) | comments (0)

20 February 2006

with a feeling that i couldn't stop if i wanted to

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forgive me, reconites. as you may have noticed, i have been remiss in tending to my recon:one responsibilities as of late.

during the past month i travelled in the socialist republic of vietnam, over 2000 kilometers through a narrow north south country that had until then existed in my mind only as a blur of jungles and sadness on a screen, from hanoi to saigon; into the kingdom of cambodia through the killing fields of phnom penh to the crushing massive of the angkor temples near siem reap; back to the land of smiles, the kingdom of thailand, to bangkok. and all the while i filed not one report, wrote not one word while within, making only cursory notes to kick my memory for a day later. with apologies, that day must still remain later. and later i will try my best.

tomorrow i'll be departing on a five week long tour of the north and south islands of new zealand with a german named kai. unfortunately, part of the reason why the site has gone so long without an update is because i was travelling with someone else while i was in vietnam and cambodia... an energetic and adventurous 22 year old israeli with a mean scar named ori. i'm afraid it may be some time before i'm able to file another entry here; with a constant fellow traveller nearby it's sometimes difficult to find the discipline to become alone and write, but i'll do my best. as you may have read on the reconboard, kai and i recently purchased an above.level.devastating automobile, a 1992 nissan bluebird, which we'll use for the touring. if i don't have any new blog entries to post, i'll at least try to get some pics up using my cataract camera.

thanks for your understanding, reconites. six weeks until united states reentry. a part of me doesn't want it to end. another part of me is excited to get back. my insides are coming back home very full and very different with a feeling that i couldn't stop if i wanted to.

posted by paul at Mon 20 Feb 2006 at 04:46:42 EST (-05:00) | comments (0)