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The first taste of DC | Washington DC Day 1

This time last year I was finishing off my USA trip (in NYC to be exact,) and getting ready to settle back down to the realities of job hunting at home, here in New Zealand. Naturally I’ve decided this is the perfect time to heighten my thirst for travel by re-living the past (read: I’m terrible at actually writing these blogs in a timely manner, so a one-year throwback is just an excuse to make it look like this was planned all along). So on that note, here’s what I was up to a year ago… DAY ONE: Up before the crack of dawn, I farewelled by apartment and housemates at Chatham (one of the four complexes you can stay at while working at Disney World,) goodbye. It was a teary one, that’s for sure, but I also knew that these were people I would see again, and no doubt very soon. (I was right by the way, about six months later I’d seen 5/7 of them, so I haven’t done too badly.) Onto a …

1 Year Since Walt Disney World

It is absolutely mental to think that it has been exactly ONE year since I landed in Orlando, Florida to begin my unforgettable six month adventure working for Walt Disney World. I’ve gushed endlessly about how amazing my time there was so I won’t say much more. But what I will do is share a few of my Disney World highlights with you, thanks to some help from my ‘appy mate Instagram. If you have any questions about the Disney College Program don’t hesitate to drop a comment down below or get in contact with me directly! I’d love to help! Warning: This may take a wee while to load! JANUARY Yup, exactly one year ago I landed in Orlando and hung out with Scar and the hyenas at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort! I stayed in one of the Little Mermaid Rooms. First night with all the Kiwi and Aussie roommates at our CP apartment in Chatham Square. It may have been pouring down with rain but THIS WAS THE DAY OF OUR TRADITIONS AND ALSO OUR …

Los Angeles by bus: Hollywood and Beverly Hills

My first full day in Los Angeles had me busing around Hollywood and Beverly Hills with stop-offs at cool places like the LACMA and The Grove and we also caught our first glimpse of a Hollywood celeb or two! The Bus Waking up bright and early after a good sleep, my anticipation rose as me and my Aussie mate discussed our plans for our first full day in LA (the first of just two). Carless, (neither of us were game enough to brave driving the LA roads,) we opted to scope out the area by bus. One of the main stops for the Starline Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off bus was just a ten minute walk up Hollywood Boulevard from our hostel (Banana Bungalows Hollywood), and after a quick stop in Starbucks for a much needed coffee and bite to eat, we crossed the road to the Pantages Theatre to hop on the bus. There are multiple ticket options for the Hop On Hop Off bus which are valid within different time slots; 24 hours, 48 hours …

Flying to Los Angeles | Vlog

At the beginning of the week I posted a blog post giving a quick run down of my flight from Auckland to Los Angeles and now I have a vlog to accompany it. It’s mostly just a collation of footage of me in the plane and bus, but there will be a couple more in-depth vlogs of my few days in Los Angeles coming up soon. In the meantime check this one down below and be sure to check out some of my other vlogs during my time in Europe.      

Travelling to Los Angles from Auckland, NZ

And so it begins, the recount of my adventures in the USA. It’s no secret that I was terrible at blogging while overseas, and by terrible I mean I blogged a grand total of ZERO times while I was away, but never fear, I’m back and hopefully staying around for a bit! Auckland to Los Angeles: I flew out of Auckland on an Air New Zealand flight a little after 10pm which meant it was the perfect time to have a sleep. I was arriving in LA in the late afternoon, so I planned to sleep for the majority of the flight and then wake up for the last few hours. Lucky for me, the one other person in my row disappeared for the entire flight so I got three whole seats to myself and slept like a baby (neck pillow, check) and woke up just in time to eat lunch and see the outlines of the City of Angels outside my window. We touched down in the late afternoon and I lugged my suitcases out of …

Throwback Thursday: Farm Life in France

Sitting here with my laptop in front of me and my phone buzzing with Facebook and Snapchat notifications next to me, it’s hard to imagine this time two years ago I was internet-less and phone signal-less for almost two months.   Yep, that’s right. Two years ago I spent three months living on a farm in a little village called Vicq-sur-Breuilh which is just outside of Limoges. I was living with my aunty and uncle and neither of them had the need for internet, so I was essentially disconnected from the inter-webs for quite a while. Initially I wasn’t sure how I would cope. I’d downloaded a whole lot of TV shows to watch, I had a stack of books and helped out my aunty with errands and cooking whenever I could. It was a very different and simple way of life and I actually really enjoyed it. One thing everyone seemed to love was eating and drinking which, if you can’t already tell, is definitely my favourite thing, so I fit right in. Lunch …

Food Photo Friday #29: Lunch @ Bubba Gump

Food: Shrimper’s Heaven/ Consumed at: Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, Santa Monica, CA/ Date: January, 2016 A trip down to the seaside at Santa Monica wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Bubba Gump’s, which is perched up on the pier with a great view of the sea (and the hot lifeguards in training). Because of the time of year, Santa Monica was pretty chilly, so Loren and I decided to head inside for some much needed warmth and food at Bubba Gump. Loren had visited a Bubba Gump before during a previous trip to the States, but this was my first visit to the Forrest Gump themed restaurant. Everything was themed to perfection, and we even got given a quick Forrest Gump quiz by our waiter, who was one of the loveliest waiters I ever had during my time in the States. For lunch I chose the Shrimper’s Heaven, which was comprised of “hand breaded coconut shrimp, grilled shrimp, crisp golden shrimp and tempura shrimp with fries. And of course great homemade dippin’ sauces like tangy asian, …

6 FYIs About the Disney Cultural Exchange Program

In light of the fact that I’m leaving for the US in 7 (!!) days, I thought I’d motivate myself to be a more consistent blogger by doing a blog post every day for the next week, leading up to my departure. Today I thought I’d give a quick run down on the Disney Cultural Exchange in Orlando, FL for anyone who thinks it might be something they’d like to do, or even if you just want to know more about it. 1. Live in New Zealand or Australia: Unfortunately the Cultural Exchange Program is only open to people who live in NZ or Aus. HOWEVER, there are also programs under different titles and with slightly different setups for people from other countries outside of NZ and Aus, as well as probably most famous program, the Disney College Program for domestic students. 2. Be a tertiary student: Another requirement for the program is that you have to currently be studying at a tertiary provider (for example; university, polytech or TAFEs). You must have completed at …

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!

The countdown to Disney World is on! Today marks 11 days until I’m leaving home again on another adventure and it still doesn’t quite feel real. Happy New Year and a belated Merry Christmas everyone! I hope everyone’s festive season has been fab. Mine was super relaxing with a unconventional Christmas Eve dinner with close family. 2016 didn’t quite start the way I’d imagined.  I had a fab night in town celebrating New Year’s Eve with my friends, but had been hoping for a day at the beach soaking up the sun the following day. Sadly it wasn’t to be, with everything but lovely weather greeting us on the 1st. Luckily I got a peek of sunshine yesterday before I went back to work, where my family and I took a day trip to Muriwai Beach in the far west of Auckland. Despite the fact that I’m leaving in 11 days it still didn’t start to feel real until the other day when registration opened for housing. I currently have four potential roommates (three of …

Quake City: A Weekend in Christchurch

So I have a confession to make: Until last week I had never, in 20 years (i.e. my whole life) been to the South Island of New Zealand. Apart from just seven months away last year, I’ve lived in NZ my whole life but had never made it further than Wellington, our capital city at the bottom of the North Island. Finally last week I made it down to the South Island for Georgie‘s 21st birthday celebration. In September 2010 a 7.1 magnitude earthquake shook the region of Canterbury leaving buildings unstable and people shaken. This was followed by countless aftershocks including a devastating 6.3 magnitude earthquake the following year in February that caused unimaginable damage, killing 185 people– the second largest natural disaster the nation has seen. Visiting almost 5 years later and never having seen what the city of Christchurch had been like pre-quake was still an incredibly heartbreaking experience. I can still clearly remember sitting in front of the TV screen watching the news the day of the February earthquake, so to …