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19 December 2017

Goodbye Australia. Hello again, New Zealand


Seasons Greetings to all!

If you didn't know already, last week I left Australia and jumped back across the ditch to good ol' New Zealand.
I've been living away for three years so coming back home after such a long time away is always a nice feeling.

I had a great time in Australia and abroad and there are definitely things I will miss and some things I won't.
I've compiled together a few lists for Australia and New Zealand stating these certain things (you will notice the majority of it is food-related)... Without further ado:

Things I will miss about Australia:
  • Awesome cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast (big, iconic and such cool city vibes)
  • The better weather (hot summers and milder winters)
  • Zing shop (epic geek store and basically where I spent all of my money)
  • Golden Gaytime ice cream in a tub (genius idea and yum as flavour)
  • The beautiful wildlife (kangaroos, koalas, platypus, wombats etc.)

The friendliest of locals

  • Mostly nicer roads with 110 km speed limit
  • Larger range of concerts and events on
  • Schnitz and Grill'd burgers (both sooo good)
  • The abundance of year-round cheap tropical fruit (watermelon, mangoes, pineapple etc.)
  • More and cheaper flights


Things I won't miss:
  • Snakes and spiders
  • Annoying flies that don't bugger off
  • The expensive price of beer and spirits
  • The accents (lol no offence)
  • The loud and noisy birds
  • Certain bureaucracy making things more difficult than they need to be


Things I'm looking forward to in NZ:
  • Seeing my friends and family
  • Going on awesome summer road trips (beautiful surroundings in all directions)
  • Homegrown Music Festival (an epic day out with the best New Zealand bands across five different stages)
  • Tip Top hokey pokey ice cream (the best ice cream in the world)
  • Doing some scenic hiking

2018 goals: Hike Mount Ruapehu's Crater Lake

  • Kiwi friendliness
  • The snow season (I have my first ever Mount Ruapehu season pass for next year woohoo!)
  • Having a big pot of NZ green mussels
  • Listening to the Rock FM radio station (I haven't listened to the radio for 3 years because Aussie stations suck)
  • FEJOAS (A delicious seasonal fruit that is uncommon elsewhere)
  • Kiwi onion dip and Bluebird chips (best combo ever!)
A Kiwi cupboard staple

  • Cookie Times, Squiggles, RJ's Licorice Choc Logs, Whittakers, Tuimato sauce, L&P (all the NZ things)
  • Being able to buy beer and wine from the supermarket (so much more convenient)
  • Burger Fuel (delicious gourmet burgers) 
  • Being back in the land of Middle Earth with LOTR spots and memories all over the country
Hobbiton, Matamata

Things I'm not looking forward to:
  • Colder summers and the wind
  • Earthquakes (eeek I'm terrified of them)
  • The narrow and windier roads
  • Being even further away from the rest of the world


Those are just some reflections, all in good fun. I have been back now for almost a week and I can confirm I have already gone crazy for many of my favourite foods that I had missed!
I can also say that I left Australia on a piping hot 34॰C day and I'm currently sitting writing this in jeans, socks and a sweatshirt... no place like home!

This will probably be my last post before Christmas so I wish everyone a safe and very Merry Christmas. I will definitely have at least one post up before the New Year so I'll hopefully catch you then. Happy Holidays!

Happy Travels,
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Kyla Matton Osborne said...

I think I'd miss the year-round tropical fruit, too! I hadn't realized until we moved to a rural area just how difficult it can be to find certain fruits, here in Canada. Just buying a mango is now a big deal for me.

Erica M said...

I've living in Los Angeles for 15 years and I'm totally terrified of earthquakes. I haven't been through a big one yet and I can't even imagine what it's like. Good luck in your new adventures back in New Zealand. I haven't been where I'm originally from for many years and it would be nice to go back for sure.

Blair Villanueva said...

Seems you had a fantastic years in Australia and now time to spend your fabulous in New Zealand. You will rock it as you did in Australia :)

Tina Hogan Grant said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time in Australia but there is no place like home. No matter where we live, there are somethings we don't like. Earthquakes I can relate to. I live in Southern California and have been in a couple of large ones, But I'll take those over hurricanes and tornadoes anytime. Enjoy being back home.

19 December 2017

Goodbye Australia. Hello again, New Zealand


Seasons Greetings to all!

If you didn't know already, last week I left Australia and jumped back across the ditch to good ol' New Zealand.
I've been living away for three years so coming back home after such a long time away is always a nice feeling.

I had a great time in Australia and abroad and there are definitely things I will miss and some things I won't.
I've compiled together a few lists for Australia and New Zealand stating these certain things (you will notice the majority of it is food-related)... Without further ado:

Things I will miss about Australia:
  • Awesome cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast (big, iconic and such cool city vibes)
  • The better weather (hot summers and milder winters)
  • Zing shop (epic geek store and basically where I spent all of my money)
  • Golden Gaytime ice cream in a tub (genius idea and yum as flavour)
  • The beautiful wildlife (kangaroos, koalas, platypus, wombats etc.)

The friendliest of locals

  • Mostly nicer roads with 110 km speed limit
  • Larger range of concerts and events on
  • Schnitz and Grill'd burgers (both sooo good)
  • The abundance of year-round cheap tropical fruit (watermelon, mangoes, pineapple etc.)
  • More and cheaper flights


Things I won't miss:
  • Snakes and spiders
  • Annoying flies that don't bugger off
  • The expensive price of beer and spirits
  • The accents (lol no offence)
  • The loud and noisy birds
  • Certain bureaucracy making things more difficult than they need to be


Things I'm looking forward to in NZ:
  • Seeing my friends and family
  • Going on awesome summer road trips (beautiful surroundings in all directions)
  • Homegrown Music Festival (an epic day out with the best New Zealand bands across five different stages)
  • Tip Top hokey pokey ice cream (the best ice cream in the world)
  • Doing some scenic hiking

2018 goals: Hike Mount Ruapehu's Crater Lake

  • Kiwi friendliness
  • The snow season (I have my first ever Mount Ruapehu season pass for next year woohoo!)
  • Having a big pot of NZ green mussels
  • Listening to the Rock FM radio station (I haven't listened to the radio for 3 years because Aussie stations suck)
  • FEJOAS (A delicious seasonal fruit that is uncommon elsewhere)
  • Kiwi onion dip and Bluebird chips (best combo ever!)
A Kiwi cupboard staple

  • Cookie Times, Squiggles, RJ's Licorice Choc Logs, Whittakers, Tuimato sauce, L&P (all the NZ things)
  • Being able to buy beer and wine from the supermarket (so much more convenient)
  • Burger Fuel (delicious gourmet burgers) 
  • Being back in the land of Middle Earth with LOTR spots and memories all over the country
Hobbiton, Matamata

Things I'm not looking forward to:
  • Colder summers and the wind
  • Earthquakes (eeek I'm terrified of them)
  • The narrow and windier roads
  • Being even further away from the rest of the world


Those are just some reflections, all in good fun. I have been back now for almost a week and I can confirm I have already gone crazy for many of my favourite foods that I had missed!
I can also say that I left Australia on a piping hot 34॰C day and I'm currently sitting writing this in jeans, socks and a sweatshirt... no place like home!

This will probably be my last post before Christmas so I wish everyone a safe and very Merry Christmas. I will definitely have at least one post up before the New Year so I'll hopefully catch you then. Happy Holidays!

Happy Travels,

4 comments:

Kyla Matton Osborne said...

I think I'd miss the year-round tropical fruit, too! I hadn't realized until we moved to a rural area just how difficult it can be to find certain fruits, here in Canada. Just buying a mango is now a big deal for me.

Erica M said...

I've living in Los Angeles for 15 years and I'm totally terrified of earthquakes. I haven't been through a big one yet and I can't even imagine what it's like. Good luck in your new adventures back in New Zealand. I haven't been where I'm originally from for many years and it would be nice to go back for sure.

Blair Villanueva said...

Seems you had a fantastic years in Australia and now time to spend your fabulous in New Zealand. You will rock it as you did in Australia :)

Tina Hogan Grant said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time in Australia but there is no place like home. No matter where we live, there are somethings we don't like. Earthquakes I can relate to. I live in Southern California and have been in a couple of large ones, But I'll take those over hurricanes and tornadoes anytime. Enjoy being back home.

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