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My First Christmas in New Zealand

When you’re an immigrant, that first Christmas hits you hard. The rest of the year, you’re distracted by work and house hunting and getting on with life. Then Christmas arrives and everything stops. You realise what’s missing: family. My first...
by POMS AWAY! on Dec 19, 2016

A Walk around Hamilton Lake

So I finally got around to going to Lake Rotoroa, or Hamilton Lake. It’s inexcusable. I’ve lived in Hamilton since January! (Well, okay, I did visit the lake once, but that was before I lived here and before the awesome playground was built. Anyw...
by POMS AWAY! on Oct 20, 2015

Steampunk in Auckland – A Victorian Tomorrow That is Today

Albom Adventures Steampunk is the world of the future as imagined from the Victorian past.  Walking into Aethercon, The Steampunk Convention over the weekend was like entering a different world.  I had no idea what to expect, as I struggled to get...
by Laugh Quotes on Jul 30, 2014

Announcing Albom Adventures – Goodbye Laugh Quotes

Albom Adventures It’s moving day, and once again we are traveling light. This time we are not backpacking in China.  No, today I am shifting my blog’s home (URL) and name from Laugh-Quotes.com to our new home at Albom Adventures.  A mov...
by Laugh Quotes on Jul 28, 2014

Early Lambing Season at Shakespear Park in New Zealand

Albom Adventures Adorable baby lambs are bouncing all over Shakespear Park, across the bay from our New Zealand home.  It’s mid-winter here, making it quite an early lambing season.  Sarah and I spent some time taking photos, and this one was...
by Laugh Quotes on Jul 15, 2014

Kate and William – Watching the Royals Racing Yachts in Auckland #AtoZ

Laugh Quotes by Rhonda AlbomWe headed up to Auckland early yesterday to get a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate as they each took the helm of a different Team New Zealand America’s Cup  yacht and headed out for som...
by Laugh Quotes on Apr 11, 2014

Kate and William – We Watched the Royals Racing Yachts in Auckland

Laugh Quotes by Rhonda AlbomWe headed up to Auckland early yesterday to get a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate as they each took the helm of a different Team New Zealand America’s Cup  yacht and headed out for som...
by Laugh Quotes on Apr 11, 2014

Photos: International Mine Countermeasures Exercise 2014 in Auckland

Laugh Quotes by Rhonda AlbomPretty cool to have the New Zealand Navy on the beach by our house for international Mine Countermeasures and Diving Exercises. The letter from the navy stated: “The exercise will involve 600 personnel and five ships...
by Laugh Quotes on Feb 25, 2014

Farteze, Really, That’s the Best Name They Could Find? – In Auckland

Laugh Quotes by Rhonda AlbomFarteze . . . If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then this is a long post: Yes, this is a real sign, in front of a real food take away location.  Farteze is located on Auckland’s north shore and appeared to be quite...
by Laugh Quotes on Feb 23, 2014

Dana Johannsen Should Apologize to the People of New Zealand

Laugh Quotes by Rhonda AlbomAs an expat living in New Zealand I generally feel pride for both my former and existing nations.  However, when I read Dana Johannsen’s article, Sochi – It’s like watching Kiwis on an expensive ski holi...
by Laugh Quotes on Feb 20, 2014

Our Car Was Towed Away from the Auckland Lantern Festival

Laugh Quotes by Rhonda AlbomYou know that moment when you get a really great parking space, right in front of what should be a relatively crowded event? It happened to us Thursday night at the Auckland Lantern Festival, and we were thrilled.  A crow...
by Laugh Quotes on Feb 15, 2014

My Upside-down Summer

I’m English and I’m a June baby, which means I was born in summer. Believe it or not the English summer can be quite lovely. Yes, it’s overcast a lot of the time, but it’s not overly humid. I remember with great fondness the sunny birthdays o...
by POMS AWAY! on Dec 16, 2013


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