Returning from New Zealand is a very sad endeavor. Not only do you get to endure a very long day—somewhere around 36 hours and involving numerous cars, planes, and sherpas—but you also must deal with leaving one of the world’s most beautiful countries. Speaking at Webstock (the impetus for the trip) was both an honor and a fabulous time. I’m still adjusting to the timezone reverb and the cold (it’s summer in NZ), but I wanted to collect a couple of thoughts from the trip.
The kind folks at Webstock (Tash, Mike, and Siggy, to name a few) put on a wonderful conference, sparing no detail in showing the attendees and speakers a splendid and informative time. As Dan Cederholm said, New Zealand is a sort of “Earth Concentrate”; travel about five minutes in any direction and you will likely be confronted by a different and gorgeous landscape. Thank you to everyone at Webstock and all the attendees for showing us around and being so damn nice. I definitely want to go back and visit someday.
Some stats: I managed to take 298 (and post some on Flickr), saw about 835 sheep and 3 movie stars, ate the largest mussels I’ve ever seen, and rode 27 times in 16 different vehicles over the course of 10 days: