Farewell to Aotearoa

Moon over Aoraki, over Lake Pukaki

With mixed feelings, I’ll soon be leaving this lovely country. But I’m so grateful for the refuge it has provided my daughter and me.

To all my readers, I hope you also have found comfort somewhere during these months, in friends and family, in books, in art, or — like me — in the beauty that surrounds us.

Next time you hear from me, I’ll be home again. Safe journeys to all of us.

About Lizzie Ross

in no particular order: author, teacher, cyclist, world traveler, single parent. oh, and i read. a lot.
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10 Responses to Farewell to Aotearoa

  1. Calmgrove says:

    Safe journey home to you both, Lizzie, and safe homecoming too. Thank you for sharing your extended stay in NZ in photos and news, along with some book-related posts, here and elsewhere on social media — always interesting and informative to hear how others are coping in different locations and circumstances.

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    • Lizzie Ross says:

      Thanks, Chris. I know how lucky we’ve been to be “stuck” in this particular paradise. I have at least one more NZ-specific post for Facebook, but I suspect more photos will crop up over the next few months. BTW, your photos have shown another particular paradise, which I’ve appreciated. 😊

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  2. Janet says:

    Save travels. May they be completely uneventful. ~J

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  3. Ola G says:

    Safe travels, and when you get home, stay safe and healthy, Liz!
    Maybe we’ll meet next time 🙂

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  4. buriedinprint says:

    Ohhhh, what a breathtaking scene. Stay safe and be well and we’ll be eagerly awaiting your next report. 🙂

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    • Lizzie Ross says:

      Thanks, BIP. We’d started the day before sunrise, so it had been a long one, but we had to stop and admire this sunset. Later, driving through the night sky reserve after sunset, we stopped again to gape at the stars. What a day!

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  5. Lory says:

    I hope you are home now safe and well! What a week to travel back to the US. It is a challenging time.

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    • Lizzie Ross says:

      Thanks, Lory. We stayed in NZ as long as we could afford, almost 4 weeks longer than absolutely necessary (there were flights out of NZ from early May), to wait for the situation in NYC to ease up. Now we’ve completed 2 weeks of quarantine here, symptom-free, and are moving about more freely. Museums should be opening soon (I hope), so there will be places to visit. For now, parks and long bike rides are it, until it gets too hot even for that.
      Hope you’re keeping well. Congrats on completing your certificate!

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