Queen’s Birthday Weekend

Hello hello,

 

Wow, one month gah almost 2 months now (because this post has been lurking in my ‘Drafts’ folder for ages now sorry!) in Wellington already and let me tell you, this one was the quickest month (or two) so far! Must be a good sign, cause I really like it here 😉

As it was the Queen’s birthday on Monday, we had a long weekend and took this brilliant weather as an opportunity to visit the Red Rocks. Just a 20min drive away, you find yet another beautiful trail along the coast. No crazy climbing this time, I’m rather thankful for that because my left leg has been rather weird lately. It does not really feel like a pulled muscle or just got a sore leg, but it’s stiff and annoying. I thinks it’s the new and rather soft mattress, but there isn’t much I can do about it. I guess I’ll just stick to morning stretching sessions and might add a little pilates to my routine. Zen attitude, people. I need to tell myself this from time to time, because as it happens I just spent a couple of hours last night, laying in my bed and going crazy/angry about my former roomie situation. Yep, the money is still missing and I’m not really sure about the next step I should take. And that annoys me. A. Lot.

Anyway, remember, Zen attitude.

 

Queen’s Birthday!

Because we had a nice and long weekend, we went to Red Rocks. Half an hour away from Wellington, you get a beautiful and easy walk along the coast and at the end you even get to see some seals! Now that gets my Seal of Approval (I just couldn’t resist)!

 

 

 

Red Rocks 6

Panoraaaaaamaaa!

Red Rocks 7

If you look closely, you can see the South Island in the back.

Red Rocks 5

And now you know why it’s called Red Rocks! But it was a bit disappointing to be honest. The best thing about this trip were by far…

Red Rocks seals

THE SEALS! But don’t be fooled, they’re not as cuddly as you might hope. Because they pretty much merge in colour with the surrounding rocks, we realised that one was bathing in the sun not 10 metres from us. But after an initial excitement on our side we got a sealy ‘growl’ and walked on right away. Always keep a safe distance. Don’t worry, they’ll still be cute from a (safe) distance.

Red Rocks Devil's Gate

Devil’s Gate. The funny twist here is that you have to go -up- to get to it.

Red Rocks 3

Will you just look at this gorgeous and rugged coastline? Throughout the walk, I couldn’t help but stop and consciously enjoy this experience. Give it a go. Stop. Take a breath. And enjoy. Awesome

Paua shell

I found my first paua shell! Look at these gorgeous colours. Only nature could come up with something as beautiful as this. But it would be a brilliant nail varnish as well…just saying.

Red Rocks 2

Simply beautiful.

Red Rocks orange

My new screen saver.

 

 

If you’re near, go. It’s a pretty and relaxing walk and you will enjoy every minute of it. Grab some food, your friends or family or go on your own and enjoy the show. I’d recommend to bring a jacket and get there early though, because it can be quite chilly in the shade and by and by more people will show up as well. Especially on a sunny day such as I had on the Queen’s Birthday. Thank you very much, your majesty.

 

 

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Battle Hill

Phew, two months gone. Tempus fugit.

 

So sorry for not really updating on a regular basis, but hey, a lot has happened and I got some brilliant photos for you to make up for it. Pretty please forgive me?

 

The thing is that I no longer live in Auckland, I left that city for good. Let’s just say, greeeeaaat city, not so great people sometimes. Don’t get me wrong, Kiwis are awesome people. Super friendly and always there to help you out. And they have a cute accent. But my roomie was sent from hell. She isn’t a Kiwi anyway, so no bad rep for the Kiwis. But it left me leaving Auckland with a bitter taste in my mouth. And a couple of hundred dollars less. Did I mention that she ripped me off in the end? Yep, totally happened. Sigh, just thinking about it get’s me mad all over. But I must go to my happy place, keep my Zen attitude and think forward.

(And maybe file a complain…)

 

Anyway. Wellington. Cause that’s where I am now. And boy was that a good decision 🙂

 

I’ll might tell you a bit more about my move (got some pictures of my trip as well!) in another post, but this post ist about Battle Hill. It’s one of the first places around here that I visited and it was just the perfect day to do so. Clear blue sky, neither too warm, nor too cold and good energy overall. But I let the pictures to the talking for now.

Battle Hill 1

Panorama all the way, baby

Battle Hill 2

Battle Hill 3

Look at this beauty

 Battle Hill pony

Or that one (my first Shetland pony yay!)

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Not too sheep, eh?

Battle Hill is a brilliant place to go by yourself or take your friends, family, you name it. Takes you roughly 1,5 hours to climb up that hill and you get nice bits of information about the actually battle that took place along the way. And as you can see, the view is worth all the huffing and puffing on your way up.

I’m really getting into these panorama shots. Got some lovely ones of Welly as well…

 

To be continued I guess 😉

 

Bussi

Lilly

 

 

Auckland!

Hello hello,
I’m in Auckland, sneakily using a café’s wifi. Okay, I’ve been here for a week now and boy, has it been a ride. I’ll have to give you a more lenghty report. Once I got a flat. And internet! Argh, every mb counts (and needs to be paid for. How rude.)

Anyway, have been staying in a couple of hostels now, the good and the not so good and move-in date for my flat is Monday afternoon. Works starts Monday morning, exciting! So far so good, everyone’s really nice 🙂 i paid them a visit this week.

See you on Monday afternoonish when I’m hopefully all settled (including internet). Aaah, you really appreciate the little things once you have to pay for them.

Bussi
Lilly

Countdown

Wow, last night in Germany.

Tomorrow I’m gonna hop on a plane, spend 32 hours there and then be in Auckland. I. Can’t. Believe. It.

I’m so nervous, jittery, excited and stressed out. Everything’s just a big mess and chaotic and I just want to sit in the plane and know that I can’t change anything anymore and that’s it.

A whole year. I know, I know. That does not seem like a lot to some people but still..it is, isn’t it?

Everything’s just one big messy (gosh, I use this world a lot lately) and I cannot wait to be done with all of it. But it will sadly still take some time, I’m afraid. I booked my flight, hostel. Good thing. Don’t have a flat yet. Baaaad thing. Everything would just be muuch easier if I had a flat already. But of course it’s not meant to be easy. Trust me, I tried. But hello, all I got where some inquiries from weird people who were ‘out of the country, so please just wire me the money’. Yeah, right…Just googling the name once and it had SCAM written all over it. Seriously, what has the world come to?

But everything will be fine. No, perfect, amazing, exciting, brilliant!

I can do it.

 

It’s a huge step for me. Yeah, go ahead, just leave your country, start a job thousands of miles away without any friends and family there in a country that doesn’t even speak your mother language. Easy.

 

But oh so exciting!

 

See you soon (when I will be in NZ aaaaah)

 

xxx

 

Lilly

 

 

P.S.: Wish me luck, cause boy, do I need it!

Lurking

Sigh.

For the last days, I’ve been lurking around. On my own blog. What has the world come to?

I really want to start doing the whole blog business again and not disappear for a year. Again.

This time it will all be in English. One reason for that is me moving to New Zealand in…30 days aaah! It’s so close, and I am so (not?!) ready. Really really big step for me. Different continent, different country, different city, different people, different language. Oh, the language. Another sigh. I will finally live in a full-on English environment. And please don’t get offended by this, but the Kiwi accents is just so darn cute! I can’t wait to be there and see what this beautiful country has in store for me 🙂

See you soon (hopefully argh)

Lots of love,

Lilly