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RTW-career-gap-year kinda mission till June 2010, I think.

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BART commuter

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On the BART in the Bay area, checking his ticket
17th May 2010, 19:59   | tags:,comments (0)

Surfing USA

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2's company, 300's a crowd!
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visited 7 mile house

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Perhaps banal, but here's the bog roll holder in the gents, in 7 mile house, Brisbane, San Fran. The town time forgot.

http://www.historic7milehouse.com/about.html

Tongan Sunset

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Yesterday's sunset. The clouds brought no rain, but some spectacular colouring.
14th Apr 2010, 06:41   | tags:comments (6)

sê "Oranje, Blanje, Blou"

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An outpost of Orania on the South Island of New Zealand.

I stopped in a small town for coffee early that morning, past Franz Josef along SH6. Possibly Whataroa.

Driving out of town I laughed as I saw the old flag momentarily, lazily flying in the slipstream created by the truck before me.

I pulled into the driveway that the flag post marked and waited for some heavy traffic to bring you all this oddity from the past.

... roadside cuisine take 2

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First paddle out into some perfect, yet small and frigid beachbreak waves in the Catlins. Decide the murky water is too much of a freakout to enjoy on your own. This is shark territory after all.

Head for the promising right point break (oh for a few more feet of swell) and clamber about the low tide exposed rocks on the hunt for mussles. Pick a good number - say 15 to 20, depending on the size of the mussles.

Find a good hand sized rock and scrub the shells clean. Rinse in fresh running water, then scrub again with a stiff brush. Remember to debeard them as you clean.

Park at the picnic benches on the beach and unpack for some outdoor cooking.

1 clove Garlic thinly sliced, 1 onion roughly chopped, 1 courgette sliced, a handful of green beans, handful of spinach ripped, water at hand. Dash of oil.

Heat the oil, then slowly fry the onion till soft on a low heat, add the courgette, beans and garlic. Now a dash of water. You'll need enough water to make sure your pot doesn't burn and some steam, but remember the wilting spinach. Too much liquid will dilute the brine the mussles release. Lid on pot, raise the flame. Once you have a boiling mixture chuck in the spinach to wilt and lay the mussles on top. steam for 5 minutes till the mussles pop open.

Grad your spork. Enjoy between windy and rainy squalls, with bread for dipping in the salty sauce, facing the beach in the sun.
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introduces roadside cuisine, take 1

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This recipe is in the style of Nigel Slater. In as much that the quantities used are all to your taste.
The quantities are enough for 1 person.

A very dear person introduced me to this way of free hand cooking. I always measured and did exactly the correct quantities. Pedantry pays when baking. More so than when food preparation is the goal.

I also recommend this be prepared using a headtorch for light, crouched in the back of an estate/station wagon, on a single ring camping gas stove, during the middle of a pitch dark torrential downpour, parked in a seaside parking lot that forbids camping totally. That way you might enjoy the flavour as much as I did.

1 onion chopped, 1 clove of garlic sliced, mild curry powder, 1 sliced courgette, spinach somewhat ripped, 1 pack of 2 min noodles, dash of oil, some water.

Heat the dash of oil. Fry the onion slowly till just soft over a small flame. Add the garlic, curry powder and the courgette. Fry those until almost soft again slowly and low heat. Open the tailgate so the car doesn't smell too much of curry as it is where one will sleep that night too . In goes the spinach. Let that to wilt and note how much liquid it might release. Now add enough water that the noodles will have liquid to cook in, but take into account the spinach; you don't want soup. Bring it all to the boil and add the noodles broken into quarters then stir into the boiling mixture. Bring down to a simmer till the noodles are cooked.

Grab your spork and tuck in, eating from the pot.



thinks things are looking up a bit

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A totally empty lineup. A frame lefts and rights, peeling, peeling and then a section. The odd clean up set to keep one on one's toes. Or should that be fingertips as one paddles frantically for the horizon?
The cross shore wind slicing through the 2 thin layers of merino on my torso as I peruse the ocean before me. Maybe board shorts and flops/thongs/jandals are a little on the optimistic side. As is the 3/2 wetsuit I have waiting in the car. Along with the quad fin Venus Flytrap.

Done a fair bit of New Zealand "surfing" aka driving the last day and a bit.

However, I have a secret weapon in the shape of my own personal surf forecaster. Good score!