Today I turned 27 and not only was it the best birthday of my life but it might have been the best day of my life. I don’t think I have ever been anywhere so beautiful as where we went today. But for starters… Because the rugby players came in today Caroline decided to give … More Happiness
Tomorrow officially marks a week with us living at the Kaiteri Lodge and despite the menial task of stripping the beds, making the beds, mopping the kitchen repeat, I absolutely love it. There are a few things about this place that just kind of make me smile. The view of our town from Takaka hill … More Harwood Hole Road(?)trip
After our two and a half weeks of travel we have finally settled into a routine. And while it is nice, I mean we are steps away from the best beach in the country, working in a hotel stinks. This is basically our front yard On another level. When I was a server we would … More Kaiteriteri, home sweet home
Just a quick little show and tell. Nelson Lakes National Park is a little over an hour outside of Nelson but the water so clear you can see eels swimming right on by and its framed by snowy mountain peaks. The iconic little dock is straight out of a New Zealand brochure. We did a … More Nelson Lakes National Park, go there!
After arriving in the coastal city of Nelson, we had pretty much one goal: buy a car. This was something that I had stressed and Tracey wasn’t too sure about doing until talking with some other backpackers. Why? It is expensive, confusing and all around way more shady than when you compare it to the … More Buying a car in New Zealand
One long morning walk in the icy rain to a long and rocky ferry ride to a long and mountainous bus ride got us to Nelson. We have now reached the South Island and are getting closer to the lodge where we can finally have a base camp for a little bit. Our one goal … More Nelson
On Wednesday I got to visit my first embassy. It was just as governmenty as you could imagine, but with a lot more security. Embassies are not really the glowing palaces I thought they would be as a high schooler but this one was especially ugly, looking more like a razor wire protected, run down … More Te Papa
At 2:00 on Monday we packed up our bags and headed away from the land of the rotten egg and headed towards Wellington, the capital city of Auckland known for awful rainy and windy weather, the Seattle of the southern hemisphere. It is the gateway to the South Island so it is a necessary step … More Windy Wellington
The day was a bit uneventful with us waking up, making breakfast and working on our CV’s (that’s a resume to all of you back home). After about 5 hours of starting at our computer screens and trying to remember what we did at our old jobs, we had to get out of the hostel. … More Government Gardens and BIRDS!
Now I know the title probably made some of you a little angry. You have decided to unfollow us and never speak to us again but hear me out. Rugby has no pauses. Rugby has no commercial breaks. Rugby players wear no pads, helmets, pants. Many of the players had bandages wrapped around their head … More Rugby is Better than Football