Month: February 2015

New Plans: Coming Up in March

As February closely draws to an end, I’ve realised that I really need to get a wriggle on with all my blog posts about my trip last year. In addition to a few more blogs of my time during France, I’ve decided to introduce something new, starting on the first week of next month! It’s nothing huge, but it is something that you can expect to see every Friday; Food Photo Friday! I’ve seen quite a few people doing it, one in particular’s who I quite enjoy is Thoughts from the Road’s Food photo Friday posts. I am unfortunately one of those people who instagrams their food, so I have plenty of photos to share, or delicious food I’ve consumed, both at home and around the world! Accompanied with the photo will be a brief description of the food, and where I ate it. It might come in a form of a review, or in a form of a quick story about what was happening at the time, but either way I hope you’ll enjoy …

75 Thoughts I Had Whilst Watching Fifty Shades of Grey

The other night I went to watch the very widely spoken about, Fifty Shades of Grey with two of my friends. Having read the book I definitely wasn’t expecting much, but felt like it was one of those obligatory films you have to see in the cinema, just to say you’ve seen it. I’m not going to bother with a proper film review, so instead, inspired by some similar posts I’ve seen on Buzzfeed, here are some of the thoughts that were going through my head (and also escaping from my mouth to the ears of my friends,) during the film. *SPOILERS AHEAD* OH NO. That lip biting is going to piss me off during the whole film, I can just tell. Kristin Stewart much? Okay, I’m so going to be ‘Twilight’ spotting throughout this whole movie. Of course she drives a rundown VW, they always drive those. Wow, everyone was so right, that secretary looks exactly like Jamie King… How is that NOT Jamie King? God that fall was absolute cringe. Hi Jamie Dornan. …

WIN a trip for 2 on Contiki!

*This is not a paid advertisement* This morning my dear friend Moana shared a link about a competition to win a trip for two on Contiki. I absolutely jumped at the chance because Contiki has been something I’ve wanted to do for a wee while, especially after having a few friends who have had tours with the company. Moana just came back from a Contiki tour around Europe a few months ago, and from what it sounded like, she had the best time of her life, so that’s definitely encouraged me to look into it too. For anyone who is unaware about what Contiki is, it’s a company that organises travel and tours for 18-35 year olds, in different parts of the world, for different lengths of time and at different travel paces. There really is something for everyone. Because it is something I really really would love to win, I thought that you all might want a chance too. So what are you waiting for, click the link and have ‘no regrets’. CLICK HERE TO …

Living the Student Life: Tips

Despite the fact that I’m nearly starting my third year of university, it wasn’t until a few months ago that I was able to experience the ‘real’ student life Going to university in Auckland and already living in Auckland meant that living at home with my parents was a whole lot easier and cheaper, and it is pretty much the normal thing to do if you’re already a JAFA (just another fucking Aucklander; apparently the rest of New Zealand hate us). This resulted in me staying at home all the time studying and watching television shows instead of socialising with the rest of the world. I was in my own little bubble most of the time. Living in a flat with 7 other people, all but one who I had never seen or spoken to in my entire life was definitely a new and exciting experience, and it was honestly the best experience, EVER. Naturally, over the past few months I’ve discovered some things that work better than others, so I thought I’d compile them in a list for …

Recipe: Stuffed Aubergines and Fresh Salad (Vegetarian)

Yesterday I thought I’d do a bit of experimenting and try whip up something custom-made in the kitchen… Let’s just say it didn’t go as planned, and I’ve decided baking sweet things is really not my thing. However, one thing I do really enjoy, and think I’m not too bad at is cooking meals for lunch and dinner. So last night I gave stuffed aubergines a go, and they turned out perfectly delicious so I thought I’d share the recipe with you all! This recipe is based on one in the recipe book “Body & Soul: Cooking With The Seasons” by Kaiwaka Organics. There was one alteration that I made, which was to swap the bread crumbs with cooked quinoa. INGREDIENTS Stuffed aubergines:2 medium aubergines 1 large tomato, skinned and chopped 1/2 small onion, finely chopped 45g breadcrumbs (I used cooked quinoa for more protein) 2 Tbs Aioli Salt and ground black pepper 1/2 tsp dried basil Pinch of sugar Feta cheese for topping 2 Tbs oil Black olives to garnish Fresh salad:2 medium carrots, peeled …

My Travel Bucket-List: Revisited| How well did I do?

Oh dear, here we go! Before embarking on my big 7 month trip to Europe I set myself a few goals that I wanted to achieve. Now today, I’m going to review them and see how well I actually did. I’m not feeling too optimistic guys…  Be able to hold a basic conversation in French: Because I’m going to be staying in France for around 3 months with an Aunt who knows limited-no English, I’m hoping that this will force me to use what little French I know and develop it a whole heap more. -Unfortunately, I don’t think I can tick this one off. While my understanding of French has definitely improved, my spoken French is still abysmal. I can form sentences in my head that I think make sense, but I think it was a combination of nerves that prevented me from actually speaking them aloud. This is still something I really want to improve before I go back.  Try 9 new foods/dishes: I’m usually quite an adventurous eater, I’ll give almost everything …

Currently: February 2015

Another month, another time I nearly forget to do an update, so here goes; everything I’m currently doing, loving and dreaming about this month.  CURRENTLY: Reading: Just finished reading ‘The Rosie Project’ by Graeme Simison (LOVED IT!) Look out for a review coming your way sometime soon. Watching: Just finished the newest season of Silent Witness, also loving the new shows on E4, ‘Cucumber’ and ‘Banana’. Listening to: an assortment of awesome music Dreaming of: finding a new job. I’m currently searching for some part-time work Planning: A trip to the US and Europe for some time next year. Making: vlogs… Well, editing them anyway. Enjoying: The summer weather in New Zealand, although none has been that beach-worthy of late. Also enjoying the last few weeks before university starts again and catching up with people I haven’t seen in a while. Eating: lots of delicious summer fruits! Peaches, plums, watermelon, mangoes, yum! Excited for: A day when I can finally go to the beach! Goal setting: Saving saving saving, for my next trip! Learning: Wish I could say I was learning lots, but at the …

Travelling home (Part 1): Cardiff to Paris

I can’t remember a time when I’ve dreaded saying goodbye so much. I’ve never been great with goodbyes, but having to say goodbye to my flatmates in Cardiff was literally one of the saddest and hardest things I’ve had to do in a while. It’s crazy to think that just over the course of four months I would consider these wonderful people my second family. After saying my goodbyes, I was in for a long and tiresome trek back home to Auckland. One coach ride, and three plane rides, I was in for three days of non-stop transits and travel. Cardiff to London: I left Cardiff just after midday on the coach to Heathrow Terminal 4. Just half an hour after leaving Cardiff, all my friends texted me telling me it had started snowing in Cardiff, so typical. I had been hoping for snow the entire time I’d been there. After a three and a half hour bus ride, and then a quick stint on the Heathrow Express, I arrived at Terminal 4 Heathrow, checked …

Escaping the city life| Vlog

Last week, my friend Morgaine suggested we head out to her Dad’s new place that he’s just built out in Ramarama, about 20-30 minutes from Central Auckland. Having not seen the house yet, Moana and I agreed that it would be a good chance to also get away from the city. It’s amazing how, despite only being 20 minutes away from the city, the change in pace is almost immediate. It was really lovely to hang out with two friends who I haven’t seen in months, and being able to do it in a relaxing environment out in the country!