As we say goodbye to 2017, I thought I’d share with you some of goals and resolutions to 2018 and why I’m excited about a new year! One of my goals is to vlog a bit more so what better way to start than to vlog about 2018?!
Check it out and hope you enjoy it!
Let me know what some of your goals and resolutions are for 2018! I want to feel inspired (and pick up some new goals/resolutions) by all those willing to make 2018 a good year.
Yes, I am still alive and so is my blog… haha. It’s been a hectic past few months and I know that’s usually the general excuse for any bloggers buuuut…. it’s true! There’s a lot that I want to share and just so, so, so much content to get through.
To kick start my return (hopefully) to the blogosphere, here’s a tour of my new place! It’s ONE of the few big changes in my life!
Come February 2017, it’d be a year since I visited New Zealand and I still feel like it was only yesterday that I was basking in the hot sun and tanning within ten minutes.
I’ve travelled across the ocean alone before but I met my family on the other side. New Zealand marked the first overseas trip I’ve completed by myself and marked the first solo travel experience (aside from those weekend getaways down to Seattle). I couldn’t have asked for a better place to start my travelling experience and couldn’t ask for a better way to meet Kendel and experience Auckland through a native Kiwi.
I can definitely see myself returning to New Zealand – for what? a vacation? a new life? Who knows. But I do see myself walking the streets of downtown Auckland again and revisiting Oriental Bay in Wellington, and definitely soaking the hot water on Hot Water Beach.
I had about a few hours left in Wellington before I was due to head back to Auckland. I spent it at Oriental Bay and contemplated about life because it was so peaceful in the morning.
After two days in Wellington, Kendel suggested we visit Coromandel because it’s a must for any visitors. We headed straight to Coromandel after she picked me up form the airport and… wow, just wow.
The coastline is beautiful. It was a rainy and foggy day when we drove up there but it was nonetheless, breathtaking. The roads were windy which gave me a slight dizziness but 10/10 would definitely go back to Coromandel!
Wellington International Airport
We arrived just around dinner time where Kendel’s family cooked a delicious lasagna dish.
The next day, it was raining like crazy. I absolutely love the rain, it’s really relaxing but I’m still not used to warm rain, if that makes sense. During my time in NZ, Kendel and I got hooked on Teen Wolf so we spent the day watching episodes of Teen Wolf, and going into the downtown area to try to catch a hockey game. We also spent the rainy day playing Sims 😛
Got bless the day after because the hot sun came out on my last day in Coromandel. We went to Hot Water Beach which is known for its hot water… in the beach, haha. Kendel told me it’s a popular area and thing to dig a hole in the beach and essentially relax in the hole because the water in this beach is just hot.
Look at the contrast from cloudy to sunny!
My favourite place in the world is the airport but New Zealand definitely changes my views on beach. I mean, I live by the oceanside as well in Vancouver but it’s nothing compared to this!
I’m not going to lie – my trip to New Zealand may have consisted of meeting Kendel but it was also a trip to scope out the country that I wanted to move (it’s still an option!). During my research, I fell in love with Wellington more so than Auckland and wanted to move to Wellington.
So, as you can imagine, my few days in Wellington was one of my favourite parts of the trip! Absolutely beautiful little city and would go back there in a heart beat.
THE BEST WAR MUSEUM I’VE EVER BEEN TO!
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The famous bucket fountain on Cuba Street. The top bucket is missing when I was there!
If I lived in Wellington, I would, no doubt, take the Cable Car every weekend.
Seriously, can’t get over how beautiful Wellington’s harbour is….
2.5 days in Wellington is not enough! Good lord, I need to be back in Welly this moment.
This recap is LONG overdue! I’ve been meaning to get through the rest of my NZ trip but life caught up with me. Anyways, enjoy this week’s recap! 😀
When we found our mutual love over sushi and the Sims, we both agreed that one day, we will just have sushi and play the Sims… well, Kendel and I can officially cross that off our friendship bucket list!
Massey University looks like it’s something out of California!
The beautiful Massey library.
… and their odd golden statue of a chicken wing.
The next day we went to explore Devonport. For those who are wondering, Devonport reminds me of Stevenson, BC. Anyways, it’s sooooooo beautiful. I absolutely love Devonport and if I had to pick a place to live in Auckland, it’s most likely be Devonport.
Wow, can we just talk about the beauty of New Zealand’s landscape? It’s a mixture of hills, flatness, greens and blues. I’m so used to seeing the beautiful mountains back at home, it’s refreshing to see a different landscape!