Collecting Cockles at Okoromai Bay in New Zealand

Ready to collect cockles (small clams) on Okoromai Bay in Auckland New Zealand

As the tide retreated we could see a few people collecting cockles at the water’s edge. I pointed them out to our Italian AFS exchange student, commenting that it is generally a summertime activity. It was only 12c yesterday, not a day I wanted to step into the water even with protective rubber boots. She, however, seemed […]

MPI Protecting Our Oceans from Overfishing – New Zealand

Okoromai Bay at low tide, Auckland New Zealand

From a distance it looked as though it might be a craft demonstration led by a man pointing down at items on the table as he spoke to the surrounding group. As we cautiously approached most of the on-lookers walked away. We quickly discovered an officer of the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI), sometimes referred […]

Celebrating the Changing Tides of Okoromai Bay, Auckland New Zealand

Changing tides at Okoromai Bay

Living on a tidal bay means that my world is full of changing tides and changing scenes, yet always amazing. Today I am Celebrating the Small Things with Viklit of Scibblings of an Aspiring Author. My celebrations: Celebrating the daily tidal flow, and the amazing summer opportunities it brings. New friends, old friends and everyone I […]

Dunrobin Castle, Falconry, and the Falls of Shin in Scotland

Dunrobin Castle

Dunrobin Castle is the most northern point in Scotland that we visited. It’s located just after we crossed the 60 degree latitude line. It’s a stately home in Sutherland, in the Highland area of Scotland, and the family seat of the Earl of Sutherland and the Clan Sutherland. The white arrow loops (towers) reaching up against the blue sky made […]

Scottish Highlands Must Sees: Garden, Pitlochry, and Blair Castle

fly fishing

We are heading north to the Scottish Highlands, an unplanned detour from Edinburgh thanks to a wonderful Scotsman named Derek, whom we met  last night. After hearing him talk about the highlands, we are on our way. He even helped us to book a charming guest house in Inverness, our home for the next two […]

Abu Dhabi: Grand Mosque, Other Highlights, and Driving Tips

Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

Opting to visit Abu Dhabi as a day trip from Dubai was not a good choice. Abu Dhabi is a city worthy of its own visit of days, maybe weeks. With only a day including the two hour travel time each way, we had to do an express visit. It was enough time to fall in […]