Botanic D’Lights: A Winter Wonderland in Christchurch

Botanic D’Lights: A Winter Wonderland in Christchurch

After a year away, Botanic D'Lights is back in Christchurch dazzling locals with beautiful light installations interspersed throughout the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Hoping to avoid the weekend crowds, Pete and I went to check out the show on opening night. Moving at a slow clip, it took us just under an hour to walk through [...]

Gateway to the South Island – Making the Most of a Christchurch Stopover on a Budget

For many travelers, Christchurch is the gateway to New Zealand's South Island. As the biggest city in the region, it's the perfect stopping point for sleeping off jetlag or restocking supplies before heading out to see the stunning natural beauty of the Southern Alps and scenic sounds. With all of the amazing things to do further South, [...]

Cyclone Gita – Don’t Worry Ma, I’m Fine

Cyclone Gita – Don’t Worry Ma, I’m Fine

When I first decided to move to New Zealand, I knew there'd be adjustments. For starters, I'd be driving on the left, celebrating Christmas in summer, and using the word heaps more in a few months than I ever had in my whole life. Looking back, it seems I left out, "preparing for impending cyclones." [...]

Christchurch Libraries 101 & My 2018 Reading Challenge

Christchurch Libraries 101 & My 2018 Reading Challenge

Throughout my life, I've fluctuated between ripping through books and then finding myself in a months-long literary drought. Every time I get back into reading I ask myself why I ever stopped. To avoid perpetuating this terrible cycle, I'm committing to reading 52 books in 2018. Here's the thing, books can be pretty pricey. Let's [...]

Life Updates: I’ve Started My Job & The Pup Arrives in 19 Days!

Life Updates: I’ve Started My Job & The Pup Arrives in 19 Days!

If you read my post a few weeks ago then you know I accepted a job offer from St John in November. What you may not have realized is that it didn't start until last week! Last Monday I dusted off my black slacks, put on shoes that weren't flip flops jandals, and took the 8:00am [...]