Month: June 2014

Massive Day in Paris

Waking up today I felt like I’d had the best sleep I’d ever had in a long time. We had a massive day ahead of us though, so it was definitely needed! We had English muffins and coffee for breakfast and also met Catherine’s son Matthieu, who had been away for a couple of days golfing with friends. We then caught the RER to ST Michel Notre-Dame train station, which is right by the Notre-Dame Cathedral. We then lined up to get inside. The line was so strange though and it took forever to find the end of it. It literally went around in a spiral, with the end of the line in the centre of the spiral. Inside the Cathedral was beautiful. The detail that has gone into every inch of it is amazing; it’s no not hard to imagine why it took nine centuries to build. There was also a school choir that was performing while we were there, which just added to the atmosphere and made the experience even more special. While we saw the statues and the gargoyles at the …

First day in Paris

Flying into Paris at 7.30 meant that we had a whole day ahead of us. We’d had a pretty long (but slightly uncomfortable sleep,) so weren’t feeling too bad, just maybe a bit disorientated. We met my Aunty Flora and her family friend Catherine (who we’d be staying with during our time in Paris,) at the airport and drove from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Catherine’s house in the suburb of Versailles. We were quickly greeted by crazy traffic and crazy motorcyclists- they are seriously ruthless. Once we were at Catherine’s house, we got time to get settled and relax before heading down to the little town square area to pick up some fresh bread, meat and fruit for lunch. Lunch was a three-course affair. With entrée,  mains and dessert, plus coffee to wash it all down at the end. After lunch we decided we’d go to have a quick look at the Château de Versailles, because my aunty had never been there before and she had to leave in the afternoon to go back down to Limoges where she …

Plane hopping and duty free shopping

And so, the adventure has begun! At 11am on the morning of the 24th of June, I arrived at Auckland International Airport ready to hop on a plane to Hong Kong. There had been a little bit of a drama the night before- some French unions had proposed a strike that could’ve affected a whole lot of flights coming in anad out of France, luckily ours wasn’t one of them! Saying goodbye to the family was tough. There were a few tears, but as soon as I was through the gates, the sadness was quickly replaced with excitement. The first flight was good. I stayed awake the whole 11 hours or so hours watching movies and TV and we landed in Hong Kong Airport at about 9.30pm Hong Kong time, which was around 1am NZ time. We were feeling tired, but still had 3 hours to kill before our flight to Paris.During this time we wandered around the duty free stores, bought a few cheeky items from M.A.C and some chocolate and lollies before heading to maccas for a quick feed ( I was hoping to have some nice Asian food, but I wasn’t too …

Farewells

Yesterday was a very bittersweet day. Not only did I leave my job at the library, but I also had my leaving dinner with friends. I started my job at the library at the beginning of 2012 as a children’s library shelver and have loved every minute of it. It was just a few hours a week and quite a simple, but fulfilling job. It gave me a lot of time to think and just be with my thoughts, so in a way, it was my little bit of R&R for the week, while being paid. I’m hoping that when I’ll get back, a position will pop up soon enough so I can go back, because I’ve loved working there and everyone is so lovely. In the evening, the leaving dinner was a combination of mine and Moana’s. We have similar friend groups because we went to the same primary and high school, so it worked out really well! We went to a great place down at the newly developed  Wynyard Quarter in Auckland’s CBD called …

Exams, Lunch and First Vlog!

The day has finally come and gone (almost)! Yesterday I sat my one and only exam, Media Communications IIA, which is essentially the study of media theory. It was a three-essay-within-three-hour exam and I was relieved once it was done! Afterwards I headed out to lunch for a friend’s belated birthday. It was a place called Imperial Lane in Auckland’s CBD, which has an all-day breakfast menu. I got the toast with sides, my sides being: sliced tomato, greens, watercress pesto, fresh mozzarella and crispy pancetta, yum! Afterwards it was off to the mall with Mum to buy last minute things for the trip. Boring things like padlocks and contact lenses. And then (big day for me yesterday,) I went off to the cinema with Morgaine to see 22 Jump St. Oh ma gawd. It was hilarious. At the moment my verdict is that it’s maybe not as funny as the first, but I’m going to have to watch it a couple more times to completely make up my mind, (I saw the first film …

Rejects (Throwback Thursday)

I don’t know if anyone remembers, way back in 2010, when everyone (and by everyone I mean 15-year-olds,) were obsessed with the music shuffle game (does it even have an official name?). After a (very naughty) break from study, I was trolling through my old Facebook posts when I came across the game and I thought it was time for a bit of a Thursday Throwback, so I thought I’d give it a go. The rules are simple: Put your music library on shuffle. For each question, press the next button to get your answer. You must write that song title as the answer to the question, no matter how silly it sounds! Most of the time they seem to work though, strangely enough. Ok go! The answer to #20 is the Title of your note.   If someone says, “shelf” You say? Hair How would you describe yourself? Happily What do you like in a guy/girl? She Was The One How do you feel today? I Don’t Trust Myself (With Loving You) What is your life’s purpose? Better …

Dinner and Vlogs

Just a measly 10 days until I am off- up, up and away on my adventure! I’ve been trying to catch up and hang out with my friends who I won’t see while I’m away as much as possible, which is difficult on top of studying. Today (as a break from study,) I started filming and editing some of my first vlogs that I will put up at the start of next week. They’re pretty amateur if I’m honest, but at the moment I’m not too bothered (I’m not trying to be an extraordinary cinematographer or anything). I’ve started with a quick introduction video and I also filmed a travel haul, which is pretty much the video version of the blog post I did a week or so ago. Tonight I also went out to dinner with one of my closest friends, Morgaine, which was absolutely delicious! We went and had dinner at Wagamama and then coffee and dessert at the Coffee Club. Can’t believe how fast the departure day is approaching! Do any of you …

Queen Ellie and 2 Weeks to Go

Last night was my last day working at my job at Vector Arena for the year, and what better way to end it than seeing the beautiful and talented Ellie Goulding! Wow, she is amazing! In other exciting news, it is exactly TWO WEEKS until I am off on my adventures! The excitement is building, as are the nerves! Now it’s time to make sure all the paper work and things are in order. I also received my camera in the mail. I’ve been playing around with it and really liking it! I’m excited to start vlogging in a week’s time, don’t know what there is to vlog about yet, but I’ll find something! Hope everyone’s well! A