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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.       Advertisements

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 least one …

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 …

City in a Snapshot: Top Tips for Düsseldorf, Germany

I’m not going to lie, when I think of Germany, Düsseldorf is definitely not the first place that springs to mind. But last year I found myself in Düsseldorf for my first trip to Germany and it really was a lovely city! Here are some of my tips for making the most of your time there in my second instalment of City in a Snapshot. Accommodation: It took us a while to find, but it was totally worth it because the place we stayed was incredibly cute, very comfortable and super affordable! I got a special offer from Booking.com (they have regular deals, so it’s always the first place I look,) for a place called Hotel Sir & Lady Astor, which was a quick walk away from the S-Bahn (the subway) and a quick walk to the main shopping district. We stayed for three nights and were treated to complementary breakfast each morning which gave you the option of a continental buffet or a hot breakfast, which varied each day. Couldn’t have had a better stay if …

Guess what?! I’m Moving to Orlando, Florida!

via @annaleemutz I am so so so excited to announce that in January next year I’ll be packing up my bags once again to move overseas! This time I’m off to Orlando, Florida to work at Walt Disney World! The excitement is real! If you’ve been reading my ‘Currently‘ posts the past couple of months you may have noticed that I’ve been banging on about a ‘secret’ trip that I couldn’t announce yet because I was still waiting for confirmation and guess what?! It’s confirmed! A couple of months ago I applied for the Disney International Cultural Exchange Program and since then I’ve been waiting in anticipation for my application to get accepted, then once that came through I had to attend an interview and after that, the most nerve-wracking wait to find out if I had been accepted into the program. Disney is just one of the those things that seemed like a really really awesome opportunity and I didn’t want to miss out. I was actually in the process of interviewing for an amazing job …

Food Photo Friday #24: Dinner @ Chow, Wellington

Food: Beef Pho /Consumed at: Chow, Wellington CBD/ Date: June 2015 Chow is a cool Asian-fusion place in Wellington CBD that Georgie and I went to for dinner while I was down in Wellington a couple of months ago to visit. Georgie had been here for a work-do a little while back, so recommended we go there for dinner. When we got there it was so packed that we had to line up to reserve a table (a good indication it’s a good place to eat). The next available table wasn’t going to be free for at least 45 minutes, so after putting our names down, we went to find a cafe to grab a coffee inside while we waited, away from the freezing cold outside. About half an hour later we got a call saying there was a table available so we headed back, got seated and ordered. I went for the Vietnamese Beef Pho (no surprises there), Georgie went for the Jungle Curry and we shared a plate of Beggars Purses which were filled …