03/09/12 - 9:42am
Working abroad this past year in New Zealand, I was asked several times if NZ reminded me of Alaska. The quick answer is "yes" (or in Kiwi English, "yeeah"). The real answer is much more complicated. Looking out the office window, I see a slice of sky beyond the massive pile of snow, from which more snow is falling. Most of NZ lies in latitudes that support rosemary bushes in the yard year-round and two crops of potatoes annually, if not citrus crops and fresh avocados in the backyard. Snowfall of this magnitude (and seasonal length) is unheard of.