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Photo of the Week: What about that Avatar?

I’m often asked where the picture of me in the blog header and my Twitter, Facebook, etc. avatar is from. It was taken from the Kia Trail near Mount Cook Village on the South Island of New Zealand. I was out on the open trail heading towards Kea Point. To this day it’s one my favorite photos and travel memories. 🙂

Mount Cook Village, South Island, New Zealand

You can read more about my time on the trail and around Mount Cook Village in A Few Hours in Mount Cook Village and Photo of the Week: The Road to Mount Cook Village.

The Emory’s of Atlanta.

To most of the locals in Atlanta and those who live in Georgia and to many within the United States and the rest of the world, when you hear the word “Emory” you think of Atlanta. You think of the prestigious university. You also think of the world-renowned hospital. Many people don’t know or think of another “Emory”, in Emory Village. That’s where we begin.

Emory Village, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Emory Village sits in Northeastern Atlanta alongside Emory University. On the main strip of the village there are a variety of eateries, pizza joints and coffee shops. As a coffee lover you can take refuge in the Starbucks for a while, but also check out Steady Hand Pour House. They have a small menu, but great coffee. Take in a shot of caffeine (literally) or a cappuccino yum. They have a unique look. Check them out on Twitter. Find their mobile coffee van too.

Emory Village, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Checkout Rise-N-Dine for brunch and eats. The only negative thing I’d say about the village is the parking, which leaves a lot to be desired. Not many spots, but well-worth spending time there once you secure something.

You’ll find neighborhood residents hanging out, students studying and hospital staff relaxing keeping the streets and establishments busy.

Emory Village, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

The village history goes all the way back to the 1920’s, but you can tell it’s been remodeled recently. Actually just last year new sidewalks, street furniture and two new roundabouts were put in. The United States is catching up fast to the rest of world with these circular marvels.

Walk across the street from the village to the north and you’ll be on campus at Emory University.

Emory Village, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Emory University, founded in 1836, is one of the more well-known research institutes in the world and one of the harder, more expensive schools to get into. It sits within the Druid Hills neighborhood of the ATL as does the village. Their mission statement says it all:

To create, preserve, teach, and apply knowledge in the service of humanity.

An interesting fact is that all students are required to live on campus their first two years. They can live on- or off-campus after that.

Emory Village, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Emory University Hospital, opening in 1908, sits right on campus and is renowned as one of the nation’s leaders in cardiology and cardiac care and surgery, oncology, transplantation and diagnostic radiology. 🙂

The physicians are part of what makes up the Emory Clinic, also being faculty of the University School of Medicine. You’ll see these physicians, along with highly regarded nurses and residents, walking amongst the students throughout the campus. People from all over Atlanta, the southeast and beyond come here for treatment.

On a side note the Chinese food at Cox Hall Food Court to the right in the above photo in pretty tasty. Random I know, but always gotta give tasty food a shoutout. A couple more photos of the campus.

Emory Village, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Emory Village, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

You’ll find lots of greenery between all the grass, flowers, plants and woods that make up the area. Keep an eye open, you new know when a great shot of the Atlanta skyline will open up. A tease haha. 🙂

Emory Village, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Emory Village, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

When you’re in the ATL checkout the Druid Hills neighborhood and all the “Emory’s”. You’ll find great coffee, a real small-town college atmosphere and lots of green and you’ll be around great research and medical care.

What are your favorite Atlanta neighborhoods? What other urban university neighborhoods would you recommend checking out?

A Few Hours in Mount Cook Village.

Mount Cook & Mount Cook Village - New Zealand

On a drive from Christchurch to Queenstown my travel companion and I decided to stop for a short night in Mount Cook Village. Mount Cook Village is right within Mount Cook National Park and consists of The Hermitage Hotel, internationally inspired, a hostel, motel, campgrounds and living quarters for the staff. It’s twelve kilometers from Aoraki/Mount Cook which is a part of the Southern Alps and is the highest peak in New Zealand.

Mount Cook & Mount Cook Village - New Zealand

Mount Cook & Mount Cook Village - New Zealand

It’s the perfect place for the outdoor enthusiast and to see the highest mountain peaks and longest glaciers in the country. Hiking, fishing, mountain climbing, glacier exploration, helicopter rides, safaris, boating, camping, there is something for everyone.

Mount Cook & Mount Cook Village - New Zealand

There is only one way in and out of the village, State Route 80. It’s a 55 km drive off the main highway, mostly running along the western shores of Lake Pukaki. Driving to at night was quite the adventure. Learned you have to travel slow at night during the summer months. Rabbits run rampant, jumping out from both sides of the road, one after another, getting excited by vehicle headlights. It was amazing being away from lights and civilization, all the stars in the sky. I’ve never seen so many.

Due to the remote nature of the village, especially in the winter, the staff is pretty much there continuously. Everyone knows everyone very well. We were only passing through basically to get rest. Did manage to do an hour hike to Kea Point at the crack of dawn as mentioned in a previous blog post. It was amazing the photos I got as I navigated down the trail.

Mount Cook & Mount Cook Village - New Zealand

Mount Cook & Mount Cook Village - New Zealand

Mount Cook & Mount Cook Village - New Zealand

At Kea Point you can panoramic shots of Mount Cook and some of the other tallest peaks in New Zealand, all snow-capped.

Mount Cook & Mount Cook Village - New Zealand

Mount Cook & Mount Cook Village - New Zealand

Mount Cook & Mount Cook Village - New Zealand

Mount Cook & Mount Cook Village - New Zealand

Having finished the hike it was already time to take off. The ride back to the main highway was free of rabbits thank goodness, but there were lot’s of cows about, some crossing the roads and the ones below were coming right towards us. There are several stoppage points along the route to get amazing photos of Mount Cook from different distances as well as the lake and surrounding area.

Mount Cook & Mount Cook Village - New Zealand

Mount Cook & Mount Cook Village - New Zealand

There were lot’s of hitchhikers along the road waiting to leave the village as well as at the entrance to the main highway. We picked one up who was heading to Queenstown as well. Will definitely take advantage of the area next time. What are your favorite activities and recommendations of to-dos around Mount Cook National Park?