Another Year…

Another list of resolutions.

 

What better time to get back into the habit of blogging than the beginning of a new year. So Happy New Year and here’s to new beginnings!

 

Here are a few of the things that I’d like to stick to (again):
Drink Enough

Water, people. Has been a habit of mine and I wanna keep it, at least 2,5 litres per day.

 

Exercise

Yup, oldie but goldie. Last year I actually managed to walk/run 5k per day on average (thank you Runtastic for giving me a handy statistic). My goal would be to stick to it, but that might be rather difficult because I just did soooo much walking/running last year (especially in NZ). But hey, I’ll just have to make it a habit and if I don’t manage to do the walking, I’ll try to squeeze in another form of exercise or two. Tschakka, let’s do this!

 

Lose Weight

To be honest, this is my main reason for doing the whole exercise shebang. I just have to get my fitness and healthy eating going again and STICK to it. Gah, I’m my biggest obstacle when it comes to this, if not only.

 

Stop the Procrastination

Hmm, somehow I detect a pattern here. Getting up to get things done will stop the procrastination…See where I’m going with this?

 

Use Up Things

I feel like a have enough moisturiser, serum, shampoo, shower gel and body lotion to last me till 2017. And let’s not even start with my make-up (my preciousss). So what I’m going to is, use things up, put them in a box (this is oddly satisfying for me somehow) and NOT buy anything. But let’s be serious now, I will not NOT buy any make-up (cause pretty duh), but I will try to really only get the items that will make me lose my breath (again prettyyy) in the make-up departure and be really strict when it comes to the everyday items which I really have plenty enough.

 

Carpe Diem

That’s what I learned in the last year. Enjoy your surroundings, the nature, music, just life in general. Go for that delicious looking ice-cream or burger, just find a balance. Wasting time and being deprived of the pretty and delicious things won’t bring you anything and make you just regret the things you didn’t do or try and make you grumpy. Like really grumpy.

 

 

Well, these are all the things that I can think of right now, but I don’t think you should try to accomplish too many things at a time anyway. It will just be overwhelming and result in disaster or here rather not one thing being done at all.

 

Until then, lovelies, I still owe you a couple (thousands cough) of pictures of the oh so beautiful country called New Zealand.

 

xxx

Lilly

 

 

 

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Things That I Miss Here

200 days. Tempus fugit. Wow, has it been over half a year already? I can’t quite believe it, but here I am, more than six months later in Wellington (and not in Auckland as it was planned in the beginning). Because I have been in the beautiful country called New Zealand for some time now, seen all the gorgeous places and sites here (more to come though!), eaten a lot of yummy food (had the best burger so far in NZ two weeks ago btw), met great people, but also having had to endure some not-so-pleasant and disappointing moments here, I thought I could do a little post about things that I sort of miss here. Pretty much 98% of all the people who leave their home for an extended time will face the feeling of home-sickness at some point. And what can I say: The last couple of weeks have been tough, and I did a lot of thinking (not getting any blonder here) and among other things, I was a ‘victim’ of the dreaded home-sickness too. But alas, I am far from being miserable here! My big bit of travelling is coming up and I cannot wait to see more of this beauuuutiful country! But distance makes the heart grow fonder, eh? And only if you’re missing something, you start to really appreciate it. This includes both people (Family! Friends!) and material things like food or everyday things (oh come on, who doesn’t?!). And before I start, I know that a lot (all *cough*) of these points I’ll bring up here make me sound like a spoilt little girl, first world problems and so on. But seriously: Come. On. We all like a little pampering from time to time, and miss the good ol’ things in life. So as nice addition to my Things That Are Different Here ‘meme’, here’s my little list of  

Things That I Miss Here

 

Friends & Family

This ones goes without saying and by now I’m just really looking forward to seeing them again 🙂  

 

Bread

Same old, same old. The first proper breakfast back in Germany HAS to be a good one, oh yeah please! Schwarzbrot, Pumpernickel (you can get this here too though!), Brötchen, all the good and carby stuff. Give. It. To. Me. But what makes this such an important item on my list is the fact that it (mostly breakfast here) simply involves the family getting together, having a lovely breakfast and chat. Yeah, cannot wait for that one.  

 

Central Heating

People who know me, know that I’m just not one of those shivering, frost-bite types (or Frostköddeln as my family calls them). But I am cold 98% of the time here. And I do not like it. At all. I am just sick (literally at the moment too) of damp clothes and wet hair that take(s) ages to dry, and the general chill. But my time here makes me really appreciate things like central heating or a dry place and I will spend extra care and caution with using the heater in the future.  

 

Sleeping In

I cannot remember the last time a had a proper sleep-in. The thing is that I don’t live on my own here. And their idea of having a good sleep-in seems to be a different one, i.e. a couple of hours earlier 😉 And let’s just say that it will be so nice to NOT  being woken up by constant chatter, singing, screaming, crying (aaaalll the good stuff you see) etc.  

 

Punctuality

This is a tricky one. Kiwis just have a different understanding of doing things in their own time (and way that is) and I must stress that they’re NOT all like this. But still, don’t get me wrong, cum tempore and I are -pretty- good friends at times. But constantly not being ready on time, wasting time, and just actually doing stuff/getting something done…you just can’t do this to me. I’m German.  

 

 

Unlimited internet/wi-fi

Gah, here we go again. Let’s face it, living in Europe apparently has me turned into an overfed internet snob and I’m sorry, but this won’t change. Ever.  

 

My Make-Up stash

Shallow, but true.

Oh beloved make-up, I miss you.

This little ode to my stash pretty much sums it up. Same applies (Oh, apply! Just what I used to do with my make-up!) to all my little pots and potions. I cannot wait for my first proper (and trust me it’s gonna be a big one) beauty&care haul in Germany.  

Which brings me to the (for now) last point on my list:  

 

Chemist’s shops/drugstores

Well, affordable ones to be precise. Of course, they have pharmacies and such here as well, but it’s just a loooot more expensive here :/     And there you have it. But man, 200 days. Wow. Doesn’t seem so long ago that I hopped on a plane to the other side of the world. And let me tell you, it is still bloody gorgeous and exciting 🙂  

 

Until next time  

Bussi

Lilly

Nelson

Phew, this post has been in my draft folder forever.

Alrighty, after a lovely day in Picton I hopped on the nakedbus (naughty naughty) and got to Nelson, the sunniest place in New Zealand.

I split my stay in Nelson, because I squeezed in a day and night in Hokitika, which deserves its own post. Let’s just say, it’s beauuuutiful.

Back to Nelson. When I first got to the hostel, I wasn’t impressed to be honest. The bar and reception looked great, no doubt about it, but the room…plus, they totally forgot about my request -not- to be put in a room full of bunk beds and where did they put me? Riiiight. After the initial hesitance, I just asked to swap rooms because sneaky me did notice that there was a single bed available in the room right next to mine. No problemo, after a bit of sorting out the cards and all, I had a single bed and was happy. Just me no likey bunk beds, i.e. having to sleep in the top.

The room was alright, I guess, even though my roommates were unusually quiet and glued to their ipads and phones. Hello, you’re in New Zealand. Do something! So that’s what I did and off I was to explore the city. First stop was the Centre of New Zealand.

After a brief 20-hike up the hill, I was right at the centre so to speak. (Notice again the hiking..? I sense a pattern coming up…please don’t.)

 

Centre of NZ

Centre of NZ 2

But alas, the hike was totally worth it, again.

Centre of NZ 5

Centre of NZ 4

Centre of NZ 3

 

After my break in Hokitika (dreamy sigh), I was back at the Prince Albert’s and in another room. And guess what? My request about being in a female room/dorm without bunk beds..? Yeah, here’s the situation: Three lads et moi. In a room full of bunk beds. In the end, I can only laugh about it, I got my bottom bunk, the lads are great, I don’t mind. Carpe diem, baby.

In the beginning I had a day trip to the Abel Tasman national park in mind, but then someone at the hostel told me about this event ‘Blessing of the Fleet’ and I was hooked. Gotta love me some fish, sea and boats. What can I say, I’m an Aquarius and it runs in the family.

After a bit (okay, a lot) of searching for the right place, I finally made it. But the other harbour bits aren’t bad either.

Nelson 6

And just in time for the minute of silence, followed by the releasing of doves and the sounding of horns.

Nelson 5

It was a really beautiful and dignified event really. But I have to say that the best thing about going there was the food. Best fish&chips I have ever had. And the mussels were terrific as well!

Nelson 3

I would happily eat this til the rest of my life (plus my beloved porridge in the morning of course. Alright, and a bit of chocolate (ice cream)).

Nelson

Nelson 2

Having feasted on the gorgeous sea food, I made my way back to the city centre and up to the Christ Church Cathedral.

Nelson Christ Church

And look what the little nerd in me found as well!

 

Nelson Bronte

And look! It’s the original RING.

Nelson LotR

I also went to the Farmer’s Market on another day.

 

Nelson market 3

Nelson market

Nelson market 2

Such gorgeous colours.

 

Happily, I bought a beauuutiful necklace, but SADLY I lost during my flight back home 😦

Nelson is a really beautiful city and I will happily return anytime (in November to be precise).

Such an easy-going atmosphere and friendly people. But hey, it’s actually quite difficult to find rude Kiwis.

 

 

xxx

Lilly

 

Uh, and I found authentic cinnamon buns in this adorable Swedish Bakery Café in Nelson!

Swedish bakery Nelson

I’m a lucky (and now stuffed) girl. Good thing I did all of this walking on my holiday. 16km just today in Nelson and 75,3km overall, yeah!

 

Things that are different here… #2

Hello again, time for another post!
Whenever I see ‘things that are different here’, I pop down a note on my phone, otherwise it’d be lost forever…kinda.

So let’s get started!

Bread
Sigh, I miss German bread to be honest. True, genuine and oh-so-delicious Schwarzbrot. Thankfully my awesome mother sent me some among other bits (also sponsered by my equally awesome sister) in April (and it took ages and felt like a wild goose chase to get the actual parcel!) and I was a happy girl for about a week. The bread they eat and sell here, you would call ‘Toast(brot)’ in Germany. Don’t get me wrong, a nice piece of toast, smothered in butter and honey, is simply divine in the morning. But sometimes I just need the ‘real deal’. Really looking forward to proper bread and Brezeln (oh yes!) once I’m back. BUT, there is a little ‘German bakery’ here in Lower Hutt and I managed to buy a Laugenstange (soft pretzel stick), yay! And they were gooood!

Laugenstange

 

Central Heating

Here’s the thing: In Germany, you usually have a heater or any source of warmth in every room (except for the laundry room maybe). This is not the case here. Boo. Or rather brrr. Waking up when it’s 11°C in your room is not a nice thing if you ask me. In the house I’m living in at the moment, we have one heater in the lounge and that’s it. Guess where we spend most of our time..? For the night, I usually put a hottie (no, sadly not a hottie man) in my bed and I’m good. But I will definitely appreciate central heating a bit more when I get back 😉

 

Not driving on the right site 

(tongue-in-cheek pun intended)

Well duh.

You’ll just have to tell yourself ‘Left, left, left!’ for the first few rides 😉

 

Locking your (bathroom/loo) door

Let’s just say that you should always knock first when you enter the loo or bathroom in this house 😉

Because even though there is this little ‘bolt’ thing right under the door handle, it does not always lock the door. I know, it’s weird and kind of confusing because now I’m always staring at the door while in the shower…or doing other tmi stuff in the bathroom/loo.

And in public toilets, you lock the door the other way around! Things like that amuse me…quite a bit.

 

Make-Up and Skincare

It’s just so expensive here! Insert dramatic sigh

But I managed to order the Lorac PRO palette and OH MY, it’s gorgeous! I should do a post on it…

And on top of that, they just released the Lorac PRO 2 palette and I want it 2 (again with the puns in this post!)

 

 

Well, that’s it for now, folks!

I’ll just keep updating my list on my phone and see if I can come up with a ‘Things that are different here’ #3.

Until then,

 

Bussi

Lilly

 

P.S.: Have a glimpse of my daily view to make up for the lack of pictures in this post (please click on it for the whole panorama experience!)

Lower Hutt

 

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