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16 New Zealand Foods and Drinks Worth Trying

What should you eat and drink when you go to New Zealand? Come hungry, so that you can enjoy lots of seafood, wine, lamb, meat pies, fresh fruits, and fizzy sodas. What to Eat in New Zealand I really loved New Zealand cuisine because the food was so fresh. Here are some of my top picks: Green Mussels […]

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What is Aperture? A Simple Explanation

Aperture is one of the 3 main pillars of photography, in addition to ISO and shutter speed. Aperture controls how much light reaches the image sensor of the camera, as well as the depth of field, which is the area of the image that is in focus and appears sharp. When you change the aperture, […]

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What is ISO in Photography?

The acronym ISO (International Standards Organization) represents how sensitive your camera sensor is to light. The lower the ISO number, the less sensitive it is to light. Why is Light Sensitivity Important? If your camera is more sensitive to light, you can take higher quality photos in low light environments without having to use a […]

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Is Hobbiton Worth a Visit?

  Is Hobbiton worth a visit if you’re not a Lord of the Rings fan? Given the pricey entrance fee, I was seriously questioning this myself as I was planning our NZ road trip. I’ve seen the first movie, but I’m not especially a Lord of the Rings fan. My sister on the other hand […]

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Eat Green Lipped Mussels in New Zealand

Green mussels were on my checklist of foods to eat in New Zealand. Luckily I found this classic dish at a charming waterfront restaurant called the Boat Shed Cafe. Green lipped mussels, are a classic seafood dish native to New Zealand. The exterior of the mussels are black with an infusion of bright green along the edges, while […]

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Hitchhiking to Waiheke Island Wineries

Waiheke Island is a picturesque island in New Zealand filled with charming scenery, wineries and restaurants. I heard about Waiheke Island for the first time from a friend of mine who said it was one of her favorite parts of New Zealand. As a wine lover, I immediately added it to my list of things […]

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5 Things to Know Before Visiting Hamilton Pool Reserve

What is Hamilton Pool Reserve? Hamilton Pool Reserve is a collapsed grotto with beautiful turquoise water and a striking waterfall. It was originally an underground river. When the dome over the river collapsed from erosion, this created the popular swimming hole visitors know today. In 1985 the Texas Parks and Wildlife Association bought this land, which at […]

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Top Things To Do In and Around Austin

Austin is a charming city that’s a quirky mix of nature, art, suburbia, and city life. It was a much smaller city than I had expected with pockets of activity spreading out from its central downtown area and into suburban Austin. Throughout the different neighborhoods there are little gems to be found, if you just know […]

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I Love You So Much: Austin’s Famous Mural

In the SoCo District of Austin, one of the most popular murals simply says “I love you so much” in sloppy red cursive on a mint green wall. The mural is located on the side of Jo’s Coffee shop. The popularity of this mural took me by surprise. While it might seem like the perfect Instagram photo […]

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Incredible Graffiti at Hope Outdoor Gallery

Hope Outdoor Gallery is a graffiti park in Austin, Texas tucked away behind a few shops. As my friends and I were driving around, we had a hard time finding it, but I’m so glad we made time for this excursion. It’s a hidden gem that shouldn’t be overlooked. Hope Gallery is a living, breathing structure with inspiring artists […]

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