Life Is Good

Good things have happened lately! To make up for the negativity of the two last posts, here’s a happy one.

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A while ago, the boyfriend and I began our research into our Big Fat Oceanic Adventure 2013. We quickly figured out how expensive everything would be even in the off-est of off-seasons, so the endeavour was downsized to the Slightly Smaller Slightly Thinner Middle Earth Adventure 2013. Which means… We’re going to New Zealand! But that’s not the Good Thing I want to talk about, at least not directly. In the process of our fairly extensive research, we stumbled upon several bus companies offering travel passes through different parts of the country—or even all of it. We already had a preference for Magic Bus when I found their travel blogger / photographer discounts. I honestly didn’t think I’d have a shot at much, if anything at all, but I also knew I’d always be mad at myself if I didn’t at least try. After a brief email exchange between myself and Mike of Magic Bus, which featured my ad-hoc photography portfolio, among other things, I was offered a free transport pass. As in, completely free of charge. There are a few ‘add-ons’, so to speak, that the boyfriend and I are interested in, and I’ll obviously have to pay for those, but the actual basic transport is free. And I can’t tell you how happy that makes me. It means I won’t have to worry about money as much when we come back, and it means I can get the fixed f/1.8 lens I’ve had my eye on for a while now. I am completely blown away by this gracious offer, and can’t wait to talk more about this trip and this country. Only five months to go! 😉

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Oh, and I was a finalist in the Wikimedia Commons Wiki Loves Monuments 2012 competition! Four of my Ghana photos made it into the ten finalists for Ghana! #3, #6, #8, and #9 respectively. I didn’t win, obviously, because nobody would ever pick a photo from Ghana to win a Monuments photo competition. (Among the fifteen winners, three photos were from Asia, one from the Falklands, and one from the US—the rest were from Europe…) And my photos weren’t really that great to start with. But still, pretty happy! I didn’t get to submit for anything else; I only submitted for Ghana and two photos for Germany, but those were pretty bad, quality-wise. For some bizarre reason, Venice didn’t participate when the rest of Italy did, so I couldn’t submit any of my Venice photos. And the UK didn’t participate either. (Weirdos.) I didn’t expect to even make it to the finals, though, so this was such a nice thing to happen.

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A wonderful start to 2013. Let’s hope the year continues in a similar vein. Hell, even if it doesn’t, I’m going to New Zealand! Nothing’s gonna beat that.

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