Jay Burnett


Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

The Allure of Quiet Coffee Shops in Foreign Countries

Jay Burnett April 26, 2017

My love affair with coffee didn’t take hold until I headed to college. Crossing state lines (or, in my case, multiple state lines) came with a culture change; growing up in Smalltown, Wisconsin, carrying a Starbucks cup was more of a fashion statement… More

Embracing the Unexpected Adventure

Jay Burnett April 9, 2017

We had a plan. A loose plan, but a plan nonetheless. We knew which train to catch, which bus to take and how far to walk to the park entrance. But that’s the thing with plans- sometimes they become obsolete within an hour of departure. The 10:05 a.m… More

Walking to Mordor

Jay Burnett March 24, 2017

For a brief period in autumn 2000, the legendary Peter Jackson and his crew transformed the Tongariro National Park, a brilliantly stunning setting, into the feared and menacing Mordor, the strong hold of the Dark Lord Sauron. The location (like most… More

Keepers of the Light

Jay Burnett March 9, 2017

On New Year’s Day in 1859, high above thrashing waves on a rocky coastline, a light shone brightly, cutting the dark night with its luminous glow. The source of the light was the Pencarrow Lighthouse, New Zealand’s first permanent lighthouse. It took… More

Next Stop: New Zealand

Jay Burnett February 13, 2017

About a year and a half ago, I found myself sitting next to a German on a flight from Atlanta to Minneapolis. He was in the States to get his degree from the University of Minnesota, and although we were both exhausted from our international flights,… More

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