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    The Tsunami Warning

    “Courtney! Courtney, wake up! We have to go!” I woke up to insistent knocking on my cabin door. I thought I was dreaming, but as my eyes slowly opened, I realized…

  • On Auckland: The City I Love to Hate
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    On Auckland: The City I Love to Hate

    During my year in New Zealand, I visited Auckland quite a few times. It’s the usual entry and exit point for international travelers, since most have to go through the Auckland…

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    The First 24 Hours in New Zealand

    After a 13-hour flight from LAX, the plane touched down at Auckland Airport just before 7 am local time. I had been in transit for almost 24 hours by then, including…