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Coming up on our 4 month anniversary living in Lyall Bay, I wanted to share some of the reasons why I love living in this tiny beachside suburb of Wellington. 1. The Beach – I love living directly across from the beach! I am merely steps away from the...

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When we were first researching New Zealand, we were surprised when we didn’t recognize ANY department, pharmacy or grocery stores. No Walmarts – No Costcos – No Home Depot. It began a whole new learning experience in trying to figure out where to get the things we need. Shopping...

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This week the blog “Me speak Kiwi One Day” went viral as travel blogger Liz Carlson described her favorite Kiwi-isms and the struggles to ‘learn’ the local language here. Jordan and I can totally relate and thought she NAILED it in the article! Another one I would add is...

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Well after almost 5 months here we finally experienced our first earthquake! It happened at 3:52pm on the holiday Monday, and coincidentally while we were skyping with my parents! Jordan was chatting with my dad while I was in the other room for a minute when the room started...

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Well this week I got to try out the New Zealand healthcare system for the first time. I don’t know what I had, but it was the most sick I have ever been in my life. Initially I thought it could have been food poisoning (from a new café...

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Wishing all our friends and family back home a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We’ll be enjoying the beautiful sun on a 10 day vacation filled with tramping, surfing, and some exciting adventures on the east coast of the North Island. See you in the New...

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Since its summer in New Zealand over the holidays, Christmas is celebrated a bit different here. Red, green and white represent the red flowers on the Pohutukawa tree, the lush green forests and white sand beaches. Instead of turkey dinners, it’s beach BBQs with salads. Pavlova, a meringue-based dessert topped with...

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I’m beginning to think that New Zealanders don’t share the same level of hype with Christmas as those in the Northern Hemisphere do. This is two weekends in a row now I’ve been disappointed by the ‘Christmas’ markets in the city. Both advertised as being a ‘Christmas’ market but...

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My 90 day jobless stretch has finally come to an end along with the emotional roller coast that was both stressful and exhilarating at times. In the end, getting job offers came down to a chance meeting in an elevator, YouTube (yes YouTube) and good old fashion networking. (Source)...

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With the days getting longer and temperatures rising to mid-20’s it’s hard to believe Christmas is right around the corner. I have always associated Christmas with snow, so the lack of it here has made getting into the Christmas spirit a little harder this year…..But that isn’t going to...

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