As I near the end of my second wonderful working holiday, I thought I’d put all the things I’ve learnt and all my thoughts on paper. Or keyboard. Don’t worry this isn’t some profound post about how I ‘found myself’, I simply want to compile a list of all my reflections on what I think is one of the best things to do if you’re young, able and have a insatiable desire to travel, move, experience and do.
This Christmas, my Mum and Step-Dad came to visit me and my Boyfriend here in Wellington for the holidays. When I was living in Australia two years ago my Mum came out and surprised me but this time, for fear another surprise might cause my heart to actually burst, it was all out in the open. Or so I thought…
It’s time to put an end to the madness. Too many of us good, hard-working folk are losing one (that’s 50%) of our days off to the Smonday feeling. You know the one… you’ve had a few wines the night before so you didn’t emerge from your bed until early afternoon and before you know it it’s 5pm and you get the dread. Sunday’s somehow merged into Monday. Cue the Sunday blues. They’ve got you now, and there’s no going back… Continue reading “Make Sunday your Best Day of the Week”
I, like most other foodies, bloody love a good market. The sights, the smells, the atmosphere, it all just puts you in the best mood and gets your hungry little tummy yearning for some seriously good eating. Whether it’s buying fresh produce from stalls upon stalls of shouting traders or sampling one delight after another from food trucks and local chefs, there’s not much that beats a stroll around a food market. Having recently lived in both London and Melbourne, this time of year’s got me dreaming of Melbourne’s Summer Night Market every Wednesday at Queen Victoria Market (not to be missed if you’re there over summer) and the oh-so-dreamy wintery Christmas markets back home in the UK, so when Capital Market Wellington invited me to come along to their Food Fest and judge some dishes I jumped at the chance.
I’ll get right to it: legit the best meal I’ve had in New Zealand so far. Worth the hype, worth the price (although it’s fantastic value for money in terms of both quality and quantity, it’s still more than you’d spend on your average dinner), and worth a trip into Wellington if you live further out (and by further out I mean literally anywhere in the world). A week on and I’m still in a post Logan Brown daze. I keep remembering bits from the meal. I’ll be mid-drool over the UNBELIEVABLE venison and then suddenly remember those silky smooth oysters or the first taste of the butteriest of buttery ravioli…. but I can’t forget the wine… and that salmon…. Perhaps embarking on this blog post was a bit too much for me, I may need a lie down.
Let me start this post off by saying no amount of time travelling around South America is enough. However long you stay, you’ll wish you could stay more. It’s the most amazing continent. That said, we’re all restricted by time and/or money (sigh) so here’s the lowdown if you’ve got some money in the bank, a couple of months spare and want to have the trip of a lifetime.
Last weekend the clocks went forward here in New Zealand. Spring has finally Sprung! Whilst the weather is still yet to really get on board, the longer days are here and the sun is sure to follow. Gone are the nights cuddled up inside not really doing much, it’s time to get out there, have some adventures and throw yourself into some new experiences. Here’s what I’m lusting over this Spring…