The author, January 2008Positively reviewed on Radio New Zealand National’s Critical Mass programme, Latitude -44 is the story of a quarter-life crisis.

From a young age we are taught that our lives are linear.  After years of uninterrupted schooling, culminating with a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, I immediately entered the workforce.  Working hard for four and a half years, I never questioned whether the path I was on was the right one.  A distasteful incident involving my former employer’s CEO in January 2010 was a wakeup call, and I decided to step off the treadmill and take some time to consider those timeless questions: Why am I doing what I’m doing?  What should I be doing?  What’s most important to me?  What brings me happiness and fulfillment?

Flying is something that I’ve enjoyed my entire life.  Both a certified powered and glider pilot, gliding, as a particularly pure and challenging form of flight, has always held a special interest for me.  Omarama, located on the South Island of New Zealand, is one of the premier mountain gliding sites in the world, and for years I’ve wanted to take some time off to go gliding here.  Thus during this year off, I will be based out of Omarama.

From here I will be taking time to explore the rest of New Zealand and will be planning trips to Australia, Asia, and other parts of the world, particularly during the winter season (May – October), when the days are short and the weather too unreliable to keep the gliding operation running.

This blog serves to record impressions and experiences as I travel, including personal introspection as I take time to reflect.

If you’re looking for somewhere to start reading, my first post captures the reasoning behind this journey.  If you want to know more about gliding, I posted an entry that covers the basics.

Let me know your thoughts: omarama.latitude44 (at) gmail (dot) com



Header image was taken from Mt. Charles on the Otago Peninsula, near Dunedin, New Zealand.  May 3, 2010.  View the original.

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