The best piece of travel advice I ever got was simple: THIS IS YOUR TRIP. DO WHAT YOU WANT. I can't tell you much about the person who told it to me; his name was Dan, he was a 34 year old American guy with long black hair and a gorgeous profile. We were living … Continue reading The best travel advice I ever got
When I first started this trip, I found I was constantly impressed by what I could do. I don’t know if I don’t give myself enough credit or what, but every time I did something physically challenging (be it big or small), I was always surprised I, y’know, did it. Treks were hiked and mountains were climbed, … Continue reading The Tongariro Crossing: COME AT ME, VOLCANO
I've been having a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit. My weekends aren't full of party-hopping, it's 25 degrees out, I'm not wearing a tacky Christmas shirt/sweater at any opportunity...it's just not feeling like the magic season it normally is. I was down in the Viaduct the other night and saw a massive advent … Continue reading Christmas in Auckland (I think it’s catching on!)
With less than two weeks left in New Zealand, I've been saying "fuck! I've only got two weeks left in New Zealand" a lot lately. My plan of "work Monday-Friday and travel on the weekends" didn't happen quite as much as it should've and, though I love the weekends I've spent here, I'm pretty much … Continue reading Paihia and The Bay of Islands
For the past 10 years, I've read (and re-read and re-read and re-read) the Valdemar series of books by author Mercedes Lackey. They're fantasy and nerdy and I love them so much that I usually read about six of them each year (currently reading 'Oathbound', in case you were curious). (Yes, I own them in … Continue reading I Was Chosen!
So, look, anyone who's read this blog knows a few things about me: 1- I swear far too much 2- I travel with a Captain Picard action figure 3- I'm a sucker for nerdy things (....2 and 3 are different, fyi) Through a series of lucky events, I made a friend who invited me to … Continue reading Aquarium? More Like Awesomearium!
Some people can’t wait until Christmas. Others are big into their birthdays. Some go all out for St Patrick’s Day, and some say Thanksgiving is their favourite time of year. For me, it’s Halloween. I love Halloween. Since I was a kid, it’s been my favourite non-holiday, full of fun and candy and drinking and … Continue reading HAPPY HAL…October 31st 😦
The best thing about traveling isn't the amazing architecture or rolling hills or weird foods. I mean, those things all have their place and play a massive role in your travel experience, and I love them all very dearly....but the real 'oomph' of traveling is the people you meet and the experiences you have with … Continue reading And Then I Was in a Hot Pool With Six Naked Men
This trip has made me pretty easy-going. Well, compared to what I used to be like anyways. You know how when you ask someone if they're spontaneous you usually get an answer of "yes", "no" or "sometimes"? With me, the answer is "I'm spontaneous as long as I know what time we're doing things and … Continue reading MAKE. A. DECISION. Or not. Whatever I’m so easygoing LOL!!1
This past weekend we were treated to a rare sunshiney day in Auckland (well, for the most part. It still rained, of course) and my friends and I decided to head to the North Shore, specifically Devonport and Takapuna. Our first stop, Devonport, was just fantastic. Now HERE was the charm I'd been looking for … Continue reading Playing with Guns in Auckland
It's been a few weeks since I started calling Auckland home and so far, things are good! I ended up landing my dream Auckland job working at a fantastic events company just a 15 minute bike ride from home. Not only will it give me great experience with events and event management (the career I'm … Continue reading My New For-Now Home
The friend I'm staying with, Dom, needed to get some driftwood for a project he was working on and invited me to join him for a quick trip to Piha beach. Located in about 40km from Auckland, Piha is one of NZ's great West Coast beaches, surrounded by crashing Tasman waves and black sand that … Continue reading A quick trip to Piha
I'm a big city girl who loves the outdoors; throw me in the middle of a city with a map and I'm happy. Throw me in the middle of the woods with a pack of matches and I'm happy. No matter where I am, I've got a big hard-on for nature, so it's important to … Continue reading International Coastal Cleanup Day!
Here's a video of what went on in my brain during my 10 day meditation course. I hope at least one of the songs gets stuck in your head. http://vimeo.com/48932289 If you're interested in reading more about my Vipassana meditation course, click here!
On Sunday I returned from a 10-day Vipassana meditation course just outside of Auckland. 10 days of no talking, no contact with the outside world, and nothing but meditation for 11 hours a day. It was tough. There’s a million things I could say about it and, truth be told, I’ve already written a first … Continue reading My Vipassana Experience
TTOMT is my "weekly" video series inspired by the Twitter discussion forum #ttot. Be sure to check it out on Tuesdays at 930am & 930pm! Here's my latest TTOMT video about the 10 day meditation retreat I'm going on tomorrow. I'm pretty scared. And I think it's really telling that I'm doing a video about … Continue reading TTOMT 3: Inner fucking peace
I've got two pieces of advice for you: 1) Don't be afraid to spend good money on peanut butter 2) Go to Doubtful Sound I've never been on one of those massive day tours before. I've been on walking tours, rode a hop on/hop off before, and spent the day with five other people and … Continue reading Doubtful Sound: No diggity
It snuck up on me. I mean, I've been thinking about it for weeks now, but it's finally here. On Sunday I left sunny Alexandra behind for the warm(er) shores and big city vibe of Auckland. While I'm looking forward to seeing new things, exploring a new city and SUSHI SUSHI DEAR LORD SUSHI, I'm … Continue reading Goodbye Alexandra!
Welcome to TTOMT, a weekly vlog (yeah, I'm bringing vlogs back) inspired by the Twitter discussion forum, #ttot . Video has language which is NSFW. This is week 2 of my videos, though it's a little late and runs a little long. I've learnt a few lessons this week: 1. If you live in a house … Continue reading TTOMT 2: Technology
I've been in NZ for three months now (three months today!) and I've noticed quite a few differences between here and home. Lots of things we have are the same...but different: 1. Drinks When I'm not cleaning toilets at my current job, I spend the day serving drinks to people. At home, most people would … Continue reading The same, but different