A trip home

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I went home to NZ for the first time in 3 years. My little brother was getting married and I offered to do the photography for the wedding. So I packed my bags (23kg of clothes and xmas presents, and about 12 kg of camera gear as carry on – light as a feather!) and took the subway and bus out to Pearson. I have this thing where I get insanely excited about flying and don’t sleep on the planes, I try and cram as many movies in as I can before I absolutely crash. There wasn’t much fear of sleeping on the flight from Vancouver to Auckland with a child kicking my seat every 30 seconds. Luckily for me, the flight was much shorter than I was anticipating – Vancouver to Auckland is about 13 hours.

I got to spend a couple of weeks in Whanganui and Palmerston North with the wedding falling on the weekend in the middle. Of course a lot of my focus during my stay was to ensure that I sampled some iconic kiwi fare

Mince & Cheese pies – checked this off the list on multiple occasions

Cookie time cookies

Whittakers Chocolate

Choco-ades

Burger Rings/Rashuns/Cheezels

L&P (not mixed with bourbon this time)

Fish & Chips

I came back to Toronto with 32kg of luggage (remembering this is minus the xmas presents I had taken to NZ), and actually had to post 1.5kg of chocolate to myself because I had exceeded the absolute maximum baggage limit. Damn you Whittakers….

Here are some shots from my 2 weeks at home

Arriving at Auckland at 5am and I cried a little bit 😛
Image by Vancouver portrait, business and branding photographer Angela McConnell

Rainy day heading into town – looking from Georgetti Road toward City bridge
Image by Vancouver portrait, business and branding photographer Angela McConnell

More rainy days – looking over at the Wanganui Computer building
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More rain – but pretty bluey/greeny river
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The town at dusk looking towards South Mole
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Whanganui at dusk looking toward Aramoho
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Cloudy days and the Waimarie on the river
Image by Vancouver portrait, business and branding photographer Angela McConnell

Running around the bridges on the boardwalk looking towards the City bridge
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Sculpture on the river bank which has the path of the Whanganui River carved into it
Image by Vancouver portrait, business and branding photographer Angela McConnell

The sculpture with Durie Hill Tower in the background
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Walking up Bastia Hill and looking over Whanganui East and over to upper Aramoho
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My childhood home in Raine St – curiously the owners had a bride and groom mannequins out the front….
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Matarawa stream that ran behind Raine St, us kids in the street had a rafting club and built rafts to go adventuring on. How we didn’t drown, I still don’t know
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The corner of Raine St and Nixon St, my Nana used to live in the white house. We used to walk there pretty much everyday before she moved.
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Coffee shop with retro biscuit tins – love the corgi tins!
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Coffee shop after my run
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The Sun finally arrives – looking downriver from Dublin St bridge
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Looking from Dublin St bride over to Bastia Hill
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The mountain at Kowhai Park – still smells like wees
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The whale at Kowhai Park
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Fred and Barney and a dinosaur at Kowhai Park – favourite slide
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The Moa hiding in the foliage near the train tracks at Kowhai Park
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The castle at Kowhai Park – one of my favourites after the train and the tunnel that you scream your loudest when you go through
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Scouting wedding photo locations near the chapel – sadly this didn’t work out since it was raining the whole day
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Aokautere Chapel just outside of Palmerston North
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Scouting locations with Mo behind Aokautere Chapel
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More location scouting behind the chapel
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Bryan showing me some possible shots at Massey University
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Virginia Lake with the ducks – no bread for them today
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Pukeko at Virginia Lake
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Virginia Lake – with the fountain going after I popped my $2 in
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Virginia lake
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Such a gorgeous warm day
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Lunch with my Mum in Marton
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Disgusting, filthy possum – advertising Possum & Merino woollen goods
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1 Comment

Anonymous · December 1, 2012 at 04:06

You forgot to add a photo of Ceefie and Rudi

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