expat life

Capture the Seasons: In Sunsets

#FriFotos Trees ahipara sunset

As I emerge into the vibrant community of Travel Blogging, I've found myself recently participating in lots of various meme style posts lately. After sorting through my copious amounts of disorganised photos to capture the colour of my travels and then sorting through my favourite travel memories to pick my top 3 for the Blogger [...]

Photo Friday! Week 39: Wellington Cable Car

wellington cable car nz

Wellington is such an amazing city; it just emanates positive vibes every time I am there. In fact, I was planning to move there for a while before I got my job up north. There are so many cool things to do and see in Welly, the Cable Car being just one of them. Welllington Cable Car, [...]

overlooking rarotonga

My mind is always wandering, wondering “where to next?” and “how can I get there?” I've got to have some travel plans in the pipe line to keep me going. Right now it is currently the spring school holidays; two weeks off to recuperate from the whirlwind 11 week term that took me by storm [...]

finish line half marathon

My class of adorable 6 year olds recently studied “Continuity and Change”, looking at how the Olympics had evolved from the Ancient Olympics to what we see and follow on TV. The school term itself already feels like ages ago and the Olympics seem to be all but a distant memory of the whole world [...]

puheke beach

There is absolutely no shortage of breath-taking beautiful beaches in Northland. This was one of my first tastes of what was to come, living in the Far North when I started my expat life up here in 2010. Puheke Beach on the Karikari Peninsula, Northland NZ February 2010  

baldwin street

While in Dunedin, climbing the worlds steepest hill should definitely be on your to do list. Whether you head up in a car on foot, you have to see it to believe just how steep it really is. My first trip up was in the car.  Then in the second half of my year of [...]

tshirt quilt

Working at camp. Bungy jumping. University. Canada. New Zealand. My Sister's University.  Learning to surf in Australia. Gifts from family and friends. As I remember my dear dad always saying, "Been there, done that, got the t-shirt!" I quickly came to the conclusion I had too many t-shirts.15 t-shirts in total. Some of them up [...]

Photo Friday! Week 34: Lollies in a line

jar of lollies

On our 'Girls' Roadtrip' to the Winery Tour on the Tutukaka Coast, we stopped in Kawakawa and found some tempting delicious lollies! Kawakawa, Far North New Zealand February 2012  

Photo Friday! Week 33: Silly Beach Antics

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Spending 2 years living literally on the beach in Ahipara, we saw some pretty interesting things happen from our front deck. Wouldn't you want to take your flashy sports car through the saltwater sweeps and risk it being swallowed up by the sea? Oh wait, me either... The silly things you see living on 90 [...]

luggage

My bags packed, ready to move to NZ to study in 2009 You know that old saying, "home is where the heart is"; for me it is so true. Once my heart arrived in New Zealand, it became my home. Sorry Mom and Dad, family and friends...  I fell in love with the fun-loving kiwi [...]