This weekly update is long overdue. Kiwifruit season is coming to an end, so I have been working a lot the past few weeks to the point where I haven’t had enough time to think, let alone write about what I’m thinking.
Thankfully I caught a break this week. With the past two days off, I’ve had time to explore the web and the North Island with a mini road trip. Finally, I’ve also had time to catch up with these weekly updates. So instead of just one week of What I’m Thinking, here’s three.
What I’m reading
So I lied. I have been on the internet over the past few weeks. But not in a productive writing and blogging sense. I’ve been spending a lot of time on Pinterest, which I think is a great tool for bloggers and travelers, but for me is more something that I just really enjoy doing in my free time.
For anyone interested, Heels and Wheels is on Pinterest and my boards rock, so get on it people.
Anyway, spending so much time on Pinterest, I found another travel blogger on there who also creates kick-ass boards. Beth from Beers and Beans is one of many travel bloggers on Pinterest these days.
Funnily enough, only a few days after finding and following her on Pinterest, she wrote about the new social network. In Discovering the World with Pinterest, Beth writes about her addiction to the website, how it’s good for bloggers and photographers and that Beers and Beans will be featuring readers’ travel Pinterest Boards on their site.
Can’t wait to see all those travel pins!
Shifting away from Pinterest, Nomadic Matt wrote a very helpful article on how to (legally) stay in Europe for more than 90 days. In this piece be talks about the Schengen visa, a 90 day tourist visa for countries in the Schengen zone, which includes 26 European countries. He goes on to give ways and mention loopholes to the system that can help visitors stay legally for longer.
To be honest, I never heard of the Schengen zone, nor did I know there was an overall 90 day limit for countries in that zone. So this article was very informative and could come in use in the future since Ric and I will be trying to spend an extended period of time in Europe.
What I’m watching
Many of you may have read about German Michael Wigge who traveled from Europe to Antarctica without any money, but have you seen the video trailer about his adventure? First of all, what a legend. I would love to try something like this, though I’m not sure I would ever eat food out of garbage bins to stay on the road.
The trailer is made in 90s fishing show style, so you can have a giggle while being in awe of this extreme backpacker.
What I’m googling
It was actually Ric and his work mates googling this, but I saw it on the iPod and thought, “How appropriate?”. If you are the only person in the world who missed it, this past weekend Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her diamond jubilee, a 60 year reign.
Ric wanted to know what exactly a jubilee is.
A special anniversary of an event, esp. one celebrating twenty-five or fifty years of a reign or activity.-Google definition
What I’m seeing
For the first time, in a long time, we hit the road for the day. With a full tank and no plans or expectations, we ended up visiting The Red Woods in Whakarewarewa Forest (Rotorua), Huka Falls and Taupo. When I heard there were Red Woods in Rotorua, I had to see them. I still haven’t seen the massive trees in their and my native country of USA. Hopefully some day soon.
What I’m planning
USA at Halloween. That’s my favorite time of the year. America does Halloween best and I’ve missed it. I also want Ric to see what it’s like at home. I was thinking today that maybe we should leave Thailand just a few days earlier to spend Halloween in the States.
Ric asked, “A few days in warm Thailand or Halloween at home, which would you rather?”.
I’m not really sure. Both sound really good. Which one would you choose?