I have fallen in love with this country and Queenstown might just be my favorite city on Earth (thus far). I think one of the reasons I love it so much is how in some ways it feels so much like home, but it has its quirks that keep me on my toes. So Alex … More 11 strange things about New Zealand, from an American perspective
I can’t believe a week of October has already past but spring is coming on fast. The sun is getting warmer and the cherry blossoms have bloomed. Good news for us because our DOC jobs start soon. Not that I have minded my job as a cleaner too much. I have met some amazing people … More
We have been settling into our new abode and things are starting to feel more like regular paced life than fantastic adventure. Our neighbors are great, though unfortunately they all happen to be moving out in the next few days. Two doors down there is a lovely German couple who have been working through the … More New places, new friends, free groceries!
So we’ve finally settled into our new place in Queenstown! After spending a few nights planting trees and camping in the car we finally have a place to call our own. It isn’t a fancy place but the price and location are just what we were looking for. But what really makes it special is … More Moving into Queenstown and an epic trapping adventure
We have had such an exciting weekend that I am not sure where to begin! First things first. On Wednesday we went and checked out an apartment and starting Monday evening we will have ourselves a home! It isn’t exactly an apartment. We have our own room, bathroom, refrigerator and deck but there are still … More Cheers to summer!
So you know when I told you Alex just got in a van and went off to some mysterious job somewhere? Well its legit! Alex has been working with a construction company building a house in Arrowtown, New Zealand for the last three days while I sit here and be his hostelwife because I am … More The Hostelwife
I just returned from my job interview at the DOC and I think it went really well. The supervisor said she would contact me by Friday so I really really hope I get the call. Even if I don’t, there is actually a lot of jobs here. About a quarter of the shops downtown have … More Home Sweet Home, hopefully
After a glorious night of sleep we woke up to the tail end of the storm. We quickly packed up our things and made our breakfast in fear of another storm rolling in. Luckily one did not. We were now on our way to glacier country, home of the popular Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. … More Glacier Country
Screw air mattresses and sleeping pads, pillows are where it’s at! For less than the price of on new sleeping pad, Tracey and I both had a pillow top sleeping experience that could compare to a Hilton. Or we were so tired from the night before that anything felt great. The beginning of our trip … More Rock Pancakes
Day one of car camping. First things first. We were fortunate to have gorgeous weather yesterday and could see for miles. One cool thing about this place that I’ve never seen before is that the whole southern island of New Zealand is mountains. When you approach the Rockies or the Smoky Mountains what was always … More From Kaiteriteri to Charleston