Sunday, September 24, 2006

Hot time in Rotorua

Still behind in posting. Hey, moving around the world uses up some energy.

Early this month, I presented at the "Imagine Better - Building Inclusive Communities" conference in Rotorua (on the north island). My workshop was on community inclusion for adults with severe and persistent mental illness from a therapeutic recreation perspective. If you are still awake, and interested to read more about it, you can go here. I think mine is the 10th down.

Anywho, while wandering around town, I came across a park with boiling mud, simmering ponds, etc. Also made time to see the government gardens which were quite stunning. The rhododendrums (sp?) and tulips were in full bloom. The museum was actually pretty interesting too. I look forward to revisiting Rotorua with my family to see some of the larger parks outside of town (with large geysers, colorful ponds, buried village, old-growth and redwood forests, etc.) that I didn't have time for on this trip.

Active volcanic towns are neat. Too bad they smell like arse...