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New Zealand: The Wellington Museum Does More than Te Papa with Less

Wellington Museum

Te Papa is the 800-lb gorilla of museums in New Zealand. Its reputation is so good that people from other communities recommend seeing it. Te Papa is the national museum after all. The Wellington Museum’s ad seems to take advantage of that fact with a “Getting mistaken for Te Papa since 1999” slogan. While this might smack of the “we try harder” advertisements of a second place rental car company, it may also speak to the excellence with which the Wellington Museum’s storytelling style brings out the curiosity and focused joy of children visiting a place they remember.

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Salem Holiday Market 2019 Preview: Cacao Kingdom, Booth JD-8

Cacao Kingdom Millionaire Cookies

With over 250 vendors at Salem Holiday Market 2019, there are a lot of people to see and gifts to choose from. Nathan Rogers of Cacao Kingdom took some time out of his busy holiday schedule to answer our questions about his business’ participation in the Salem Holiday Market.

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Penguins Available for Adoption at Salem Holiday Market 2019

Jenya and penguins at the Salem Holiday Market 2018

All of our penguins are handmade and unique. So, if you like one, you need to contact us and let us know or get to Salem Holiday Market 2019 between Dec. 13 and 15. You can get a coupon off entry, and if you join our Patreon, you get $1 off every $10 you spend!

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Salem Holiday Market 2019 Preview The Short Straw (JD-2)

glass straws

The Salem Holiday Market 2019 is so large it fills two buildings and features over 250 vendors! We thought we would highlight some of the great items available. Shannon Biamonte of The Short Straw took some time away from her market preparations to answer some of our questions:

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Salem Holiday Market 2019: Free Calendar and Friday’s Event

Jenya and penguins at the Salem Holiday Market 2018

On Friday, December 13 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, the 2019 Salem Holiday Market is partnering with Chemeketa Community College Foundation. Entry into the market will be $8 per person or $15 for a couple; the proceeds will benefit the Chemeketa Student Relief Fund, which provides students with help for a variety of needs including meal passes and textbooks. It also supports the Chemeketa Food Pantry, which allows students to focus on studying rather than figuring out where their next meals are coming from.

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New Zealand: Rotorua on a Rainy Day

The Rotorua Museum, closed for earthquake renovations

We decided to walk into town this morning over going to another attraction like Te Puia or Waimangu Volcanic Valley. There were a lot of gray clouds, but we had purchased waterproof coats in Auckland, so we thought we could weather the storm.

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Salem Holiday Market 2019 Preview: Bliss Nut Butters (JD3) and SJL Woodworking (J15)

Bliss Nut Butters Line up

Salem Holiday Market 2019 has over 250 vendors this year, so we thought we would highlight some of them. If you plan your gift buying early, you’ll know how much you need to budget and what to look for when you arrive.

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New Zealand: Experience Life the Traditional, Geothermal Way at the Living Maori Village of Whakarewarewa

Hangi, corn on the cob and steam pudding all prepared through geothermal steam

The Living Maori Village of Whakarewarewa in New Zealand near Rotorua sits on a geothermal site filled with mud pots, geysers, and boiling water. The people living in the village harvest the heat as they have since first occupying this space in 1325. The true name of “Whaka” is the second longest place name in New Zealand. For the ease of use, it is often shortened with a pronunciation of “waka” rather than the Maori pronunciation, which sounds too close to an English swear word.

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