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It Took Me 3 Days To Get Home! | Vlog

If you remember what I was up to in January this year, you may remember I was making my way home from the UK, and it took me three days! From Cardiff to London, to Paris, to Hong Kong and finally home to Auckland it was a pretty tiring and long journey home. I wrote two blog posts about it, Part 1 and Part 2, but I also had some footage of the long trip which I thought I’d share with you. The very last footage of my Europe Trip. Enjoy tout le monde! Advertisements

Food Photo Friday #21: Sunday Roasts @ The Taf

Food: Sunday Roast/ Consumed at: The Taf, Cardiff University Student Union/ Date: January 2015 Today’s edition of Food Photo Friday is nothing too fancy, but it sure was a hella good meal! Even though I’m eagerly counting down the days until I graduate, there are of course some fantastic perks to being a student i.e. student discounts. In this case, my flatmates and I made our way down to the Cardiff University Student Union Pub called the Taf for a Sunday roast for, guess how much… 3 QUID. Absolutely mental. In NZ dollars that’s about $6 for a plate stacked full of food. I packed a whole lotta roast vege, roast meats, mashed potatoes, peas, Yorkshire puddings, stuffing and a good drizzle of gravy and cranberry sauce, all washed down with some apple cider. Ahh that was the life. Do you guys have a go-to place for great food at a bargain price? Let me know below in the comments!  

Throwback Thursday: The Louvre in Paris

It’s a throwback to my time in Paris last year! I didn’t realise I hadn’t uploaded any photos of the day Moana and I headed to the Louvre for a day trip. After missing out on the Louvre during our first big(ish) trip to Paris we made sure it was on our to-do list this time around. The line was horribly long in the scorching hot sun, but eventually we got in. I’ve been to the Louvre before, during my previous big trip to France when I was 12, but you can never seen the Louvre in a day, so this time around, as well as seeing some of the obvious masterpieces it was wonderful getting to see the things I missed the last time. I think that now I’m a lot older I also appreciated everything a little more, making it a lot more special. As usual I had to grab the audio (in this case 3D visual) guide, because I always love to find out as much as I can about places and things …

Food Photo Friday #20: Crêpes in Paris

Food: Savoury crêpe/ Consumed at: A little corner bistro in Paris/ Date: June 2014 I know it’s two days late, but oh well, you’ll have to live with it! Here’s a little throwback to warmer days while in Paris last year. If you guys were following me last year, you may have seen my travel posts about my time during Paris. The past couple of weeks I’ve been reminiscing about my Europe trip, so I thought it would be fitting to have a FPF from my time away. This crêpe was enjoyed at a little corner bistro just off from Rue de Rivoli accompanied by a bowl of delicious apple cider. This was halfway through our first full day in Paris. I can’t quite remember what was exactly in my crêpe, but from what I can recall it was a savoury crêpe filled with cheese, ham, spinach and an egg and from what I can remember it was really nice! I’m usually more of a sweet crêpe person, nutella and banana is one of my …

Food Photo Friday #18: Mac’s Brew Bar Wellington

Food: Chips and wedges/ Consumed at: Mac’s Brewbar, Wellington/ Date: June 2015 It’s a few days late, but here’s my Food Photo Friday, 18th edition! After a a visit to Te Papa Museum down at Wellington’s waterfront, we went for a quick re-fuel at Mac’s Brewbar. We just went for the good ‘ol hot chips and wedges and a refreshing lemon, lime and bitters. It was absolutely freezing outside, so it was nice to rug up warm inside the bar. There were also super cute lampshade lanterns that hung from the ceiling giving everything a really welcoming and eclectic feel. I can imagine in the summer time it would be the perfect place to have a few drinks and enjoy the evening sun and warmth. This time round though, inside was definitely the best option!

Food Photo Friday #17: Fab Quesadillas @ Fidel’s

Food: Quesadillas & Salt and Pepper Squid/ Consumed at: Fidel’s, Cuba St, Wellington/ Date: 24 June 2015 Located on the coolest street in Wellington and with raving reviews I was super excited for my lunch at Fidel’s. We went there for lunch on my last day in Wellington, it was cold and windy, so as nice as the outdoor seating looked, indoors was our best bet. I kicked off my lunch with a caramel latte (standard,) while Georgie went for the Snickers shake which is supposed to be aaaaamazing. For food I chose the Ropa Veija Quesadilla which comprised of a “folded tortilla filled with tender beef shoulder slow braised in tomato, garlic and chilli, served with tomato salsa, guacamole and an iceberg lettuce slaw.” I accompanied this with salt & pepper squid served with lemon and aioli. The verdict? I really liked the quesadillas and accompanied with the guac and salsa made it even better. I’m not a huge fan of coleslaw, so ideally I wouldn’t have had that with it, but eaten with the …

Wellington: An Overview, thanks Snapchat.

At the end of last week I went to Wellington and, millennial that I am, I just had to document it all. I thought I’d do something a bit different this time and show you a quick overview of what I got up to while I was down in Wellington via my Snapchat story (it’s mostly just me documenting all the food I ate). Oh and if you want you can follow me on snapchat @midgetmuch (I hate that I can’t change my name). I’m not really that interesting though. And there you have it! A very quick (totally 1080p quality) overview of what I did while I was in Wellington which, in short, was just eating most of the time. I have a few more in-depth posts coming soon. One which will be a run-down on the cool places I went to eat and another on the powerful Gallipoli exhibition I went to at Te Papa. Anyone else been to Wellington recently or live in Wellington? What’s your favourite thing to do?  

Food Photo Friday #16: The Little Waffle Shop

Food: Jelly Tip Waffle/ Consumed at: Little Waffle Shop, Wellington/ Date: 23 June 2015 So I saw someone post a photo of beautifully delicious looking waffles on Instagram and I needed to know where and how I could get some for myself. Lucky for me they had gotten it from a tiny place called The Little Waffle Shop down in Wellington. Although I live up in Auckland, I was going down to Welly for a few days so it was obviously meant to be. It was a horribly cold and windy night when my friend and I went down to Courtenay Place to get them. I went for the limited topping of the week: Jelly tip. It was a freshly made waffle topped with raspberry jelly, chocolate drops, a dollop of cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce and a dusting of icing sugar. It was soooo good. Just looking at it now makes me want more. It was a deliciously decadent dessert. One was definitely enough. And that’s a good thing. My friend G went for …

Throwback Thursday: Best Trip of My Life

Yesterday marked the date that I left New Zealand to go on my own 7 month adventure armed with two suitcases, a camera and one of my best friends. It is by far the best experience I’ve had in my life so far, so thanks to some of the photos I posted on Instagram, I thought I’d share a timeline of some of my highlights (this is going to be hard,) of the trip below: This was taken as I farewelled my family goodbye at the departure gate. There were lots of tears, but as soon as I was through those gates I was a ball of excitement! PARIS June and July 2014: Moana and I were shown around Paris by a wonderful family friend. We did a lot of touristy things and few not so touristy things. I love Paris, I visited it quite a few times during my trip. GERMANY July 2014: Some down-time on the plane to Germany really made me reflect and appreciate how lucky I was to be having such …

Throwback Thursday: Wellington 2013

Back in 2013 I went down to Wellington with my friend Moana to visit our friend who was in her first year studying down in New Zealand’s capital city. In anticipation for my trip down there this weekend, I was flicking through some pictures I took while I was there last time and thought I’d post a few. Can’t wait to get back down there, just two more days to go!