One year ago, I embarked on the adventure of a lifetime. It's a massive milestone that's come at a rather crazy time. Two weeks ago, I unexpectedly made a trip home to Chicago to attend my grandfather's funeral. I was very lucky to have the support of work and Pete, which allowed me to drop [...]
After our quick taste of Kiwi wine country, we loaded up the car and hit the road, cruising down State Highway 1 until we hit our next destination, Kaikoura. A coastal town, Kaikoura is where you'll find some of the freshest seafood in New Zealand. Its name literally translates to eat crayfish (Kai = food, Koura = Crayfish).
On Tour: Wellington --> Blenheim --> Kaikoura --> Mt Lyford --> Christchurch If you ever find yourself traveling from Wellington to the South Island and are debating whether to fly or take the ferry, take the ferry. Sure, it may be a bit slower than flying, but nothing beats the views of the sounds after [...]
Happy 2018 everyone! I hope you all had a relaxing holiday and are feeling ready to take on the new year. This year I kicked off my holiday celebrations with Pete's family in Wellington. We flew in on the Thursday before Christmas and let me just say, flying in New Zealand is so different from flying in [...]
Now that the I's are dotted and the T's are crossed I'm so excited to share that I found a job!!!! Starting on January 22nd, I will be a Customer and Services Administrator in the fundraising department at St John. St. John is a nonprofit that has been providing the ambulances services for most of New [...]
While scrolling through images the other day of the recent snowfall in the States, I couldn't help but feel a tiny pang of jealousy. Christchurch is currently experiencing a heat wave and I'm finding it more difficult than usual to get into the holiday spirit. It's not quite the same decorating your Christmas Tree with [...]
This week I celebrated my first American Thanksgiving in New Zealand! Despite not having finished unpacking, Pete and I decided we still wanted to have some friends over to celebrate Turkey Day. Our friends accepted the invitation, excited to experience a classic American holiday. It's a bit of a miracle that we managed it, given [...]