Thoughts of a geek

6 February 2012

New Zealand here I come!

Filed under: Me, Travel — Tags: , , — qwandor @ 4:46 am

Hello dear readers! Those of you living in NZ may be happy (or perhaps unhappy?) to know that I am planning a visit back home in just under two months. I fly into Wellington on Friday 23rd March, and back out again on the morning of Monday 23rd April. I will be working from home for a fair bit of that time, but should be fairly flexible and certainly free most evenings and weekends as well as taking some leave, and also hope to visit at least Palmerston North and Auckland (and perhaps also Christchurch if anyone down there wants to see me) at some point.

So, who is keen to catch up, hang out, tramp / dance / bake / picnic / dine / converse? Is anyone keen for a weekend camping trip or anything like that?

While I am at it, seeing as I have not written anything here for a while, some things I have been up to lately (in no particular order) are:

  • Going to the Saturday night of TUX 5 in Toronto (great band, some great dancers, and great fun).
  • Going ice-skating for the first time in something like 20 years, also in Toronto (I was not very successful, predictably).
  • Learning the basics of Balboa dancing.
  • Sliding down a snow-covered hillside on inflated tubes in Kitchener with some Googlers.
  • Catching up with Teresa in Toronto, and Charlotte in London while she was visiting on her European tour.
  • Breaking one spoke on the drive side of my bike’s rear wheel, then breaking another while trying to fix it. (It is now sitting in a garage at Imperial College, I need to find time to go and fix it now that I hopefully have all the tools I need.)


  1. baking is good. look forward to your return. 🙂

    Comment by Timothy Walbran — 6 February 2012 @ 2:48 pm

  2. YES dancing. Also, I forgot to tell you about Balboa! Verdict: uncomfortably close to strangers. Your thoughts?

    Comment by Frith — 8 February 2012 @ 8:36 am

    • (-: Dancing it is.
      I enjoyed the Balboa workshop, though I found some of it quite tricky and have already forgotten half of what we did even though it was only 3 days ago. Actually, I tried dancing some balboa at Swing Pit on Sunday night, the day after the workshop, with one of the girls who had been at the same workshop, and even then did not manage to get into it properly or remember any of the moves beyond the basic footwork and break step. So I think a fair bit more practice and fair few more classes will be required. Fortunately there is a regular social that runs every fortnight with both lindy hop and balboa dancing and beginners lessons, so I guess I should get along to that sometime. Do you plan to do more balboa?
      As for being close to strangers, I guess I am generally comfortable with that now. Perhaps having done a bit of blues already helps. And maybe once you have danced with someone they are not quite a stranger any more?

      Comment by qwandor — 8 February 2012 @ 10:41 am

  3. Yay! I look forward to seeing you again!

    Comment by katie — 9 February 2012 @ 8:39 am

  4. Woohoo! See you at my wedding! Daniel and I are SO looking forward to seeing you there! 😀

    Comment by Sharon M — 14 February 2012 @ 8:32 pm

  5. Sounds like you are having so much fun, no? 🙂

    Comment by anabelle — 22 March 2012 @ 4:23 pm

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