London Through New Eyes

London was never my favorite city. Alex and I had come here first as teenagers, visiting with our parents for a cold, rainy Christmas while I would have preferred relaxing by the beach in California. Our parents had a special connection to London – they had both lived here when they’d first started dating back … Continue reading London Through New Eyes

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Finding my Pepeha in New Zealand

The ceremony was supposed to be a homecoming, but I felt oddly foreign. Alex and I took our places atop Mt. Eden in Auckland, New Zealand, an extinct volcano the indigenous Maori consider tapu, or sacred and untouchable. Across from us stood Tracey and Tom, descendants of the Maori chiefs who founded the city. “Kia ora,” … Continue reading Finding my Pepeha in New Zealand

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North Island NZ: The Grand Kiwi Finale!

For the final episode of BBBTV we explore the North Island of New Zealand: sailing an America’s Cup yacht in Auckland, learning about the natural and cultural origins of New Zealand in Rotorua, and sipping craft beer on the vibrant streets of Wellington.  Sweet as, mate. My Destination North Island: My Destination Wellington, My Destination … Continue reading North Island NZ: The Grand Kiwi Finale!

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North Island NZ: Behind the Scenes (Episode 23)

In the final episode of BBBTV we reconnect with our father’s home country – New Zealand – where we race America’s Cup yachts, learn about Maori culture, and explore the real-life Shire!  Tune in for a recap of the last six months, some final thoughts and a big announcement. My Destination North Island: My Destination … Continue reading North Island NZ: Behind the Scenes (Episode 23)

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Facing the Fear in Queenstown

Mark faces his fear of heights in the open door of an airplane at 15,000 feet.  Appeared on MSN Travel UK on 19 Jan, 2014. The plane leveled out at 12,000 feet above Queenstown, New Zealand.  I straightened up and looked out the window to my left.  The deep blue of Lake Wakatipu snaked through the Southern … Continue reading Facing the Fear in Queenstown

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Queenstown: Parachutes, Propellers and Panoramic Views!

Queenstown, New Zealand is the birthplace of bungee jumping and jet-boating and an gorgeous destination for adrenaline-seekers.  We soaked up the scenery the best way possible: by rocketing down a river at 85/km per hour, jumping 134m off Nevis Bungee, and sky-diving at 15,000 feet over the Southern Alps. Thank you so much to everyone … Continue reading Queenstown: Parachutes, Propellers and Panoramic Views!

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Queenstown: Behind the Scenes (Episode 22)

We travel to Queenstown, New Zealand, the birthplace of adrenaline sports, to conquer the last of our fears: by rocketing down a river at 85/km per hour, jumping 134m off Nevis Bungee, and sky-diving at 15,000 feet over the Southern Alps.  Epic. Thank you so much to everyone who made our stay possible: My Destination Queenstown, Villa … Continue reading Queenstown: Behind the Scenes (Episode 22)

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Coffee Culture in Melbourne

I felt like a snob. My brother Alex and I were standing in what I can only describe as a coffee laboratory where glass beakers bubbled away in the background converting top-quality, single-roast, fair-trade coffee from a small-scale Honduran producer into reputedly one of the finest cups of coffee in Melbourne. As if that mouthful of adjectives weren't enough to qualify as pretentious, we were drinking our espresso from wine glasses. Our local guide, Maria Paoli of Melbourne Coffee Tours, raised a glass to her nose, cupped the coffee and closed her eyes in ecstasy. I attempted to do the same.

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Melbourne: Surfing, Street Art & Swimming with Dolphins

This week we’re in Melbourne, the cultural capital of Australia.  From exploring street art to sipping quality coffee and going on a surf trip to Bells Beach, here’s our advice on why you should make Melbourne a stop on your next trip to Oz! Thank you so much to everyone who made our stay possible … Continue reading Melbourne: Surfing, Street Art & Swimming with Dolphins

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Melbourne: Behind the Scenes (Episode 21)

This week we’re in Melbourne, the cultural capital of Australia.  We do a road trip down the Great Ocean Road, surf the legendary Bells Beach, and then swing into the city to dive into cafe culture, street art, and its excellent ethnic food. Thank you so much to everyone who made our stay possible – … Continue reading Melbourne: Behind the Scenes (Episode 21)

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