My name’s Nev and I set this blog up in early-2014, while based in Astoria, Queens, New York City (NYC) where an UN-related work opportunity for my New Zealand wife had taken us in late-2010. In the early days I used the Blog to share my passion for the city, through experiences and knowledge gained exploring it. At the same time I used it to help promote private walking tours that I led.
We loved living in the neighbourhood of Astoria, in Queens, and on the smell of an oily rag explored all five boroughs (The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island), courtesy of the cheap and extensive public transport system. In the process we experienced wonderful parks, wildlife refuges and botanical gardens, museums, great music and theatre, met great folk, made some surprising discoveries, and worked out the best ways to get great experiences on a limited budget.
Changing circumstances saw us leave NYC at the end of 2014 and head back to London, in the UK, where I grew up but had left in 1999 to settle in New Zealand and work in an Information and Communications Technology role. Redundancy in early 2002 saw me retrain in the areas of freshwater and natural hazards management and from 2005 – 08 I honed my skills as a sustainable development consultant on the Pacific island of Rarotonga, where my wife managed the New Zealand Cook Islands development programme. Returning to New Zealand I applied my knowledge working for the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology advising on issues related to climate change, freshwater management and natural hazards management.
Moving back to the UK has been an upheaval but it means we’re near my family and able to explore London (the capital’s changed heaps since I left) and the country in depth. With the move back to the UK I’ve extended the Blog’s scope to include experiences (past and present) in the UK, Europe and beyond.
I’m still working on both the blog layout and my writing style and hope you stick with me as I develop them.