NZ food stuff

Having been here for a while now, and having to eat to, you know, survive, means I’ve been getting familiar with NZ food stuff. It’s not majorly different to the UK in terms of general cuisine, but there’s a few things that are ‘traditionally kiwi’: Lollies – these mean sweets. Any kind of sweets. BoiledContinue reading “NZ food stuff”

Can you be happy alone?

A musing from a conversation the other night with a friend who I’d not spoken to much since I got to New Zealand. He said he was worried about me, because I’m not dating anyone/in a relationship. I told him I was quite happy being alone. But no one’s happy alone, he says. I toldContinue reading “Can you be happy alone?”

Currently loving: July

Eggs Benny New Zealand loves a good eggs benny, and it comes in all different varieties. In fact, a lot of the time it’s not with ham and english muffins, but they still call any permetation of eggs and hollandaise Eggs Benny. My absolute fave is when it’s with smashed spuds or a rosti insteadContinue reading “Currently loving: July”

New Zealand: 8 months in

Well, I think it’s safe to say it’s been, shall we say, eventful since I landed on NZ shores eight months ago. Hell, it’s been a bloody eventful year-and-a-bit ever since I decided on a whim to move to the other side of the world last year. You probably all know by now that theContinue reading “New Zealand: 8 months in”

First winter in New Zealand

First winter for a while actually. For the last few years I’ve done a good job of escaping to the southern hemisphere over the UK winter for the majority of January. I don’t like the cold, you see, and January is pretty grim in the UK and never-bloody-ending. Imagine my DELIGHT to end up movingContinue reading “First winter in New Zealand”

Work life

I’ve just started a new job, nearly 6 months after leaving my last one back in October 2017. I didn’t actually plan on having so much time off, it’s just how things worked out with moving to New Zealand and waiting for a visa and unsuccessfully applying for what felt like a million jobs. JobContinue reading “Work life”

How to be more active

I actually don’t like exercise. Yes, you read that correct. Well, kind of. The definition of exercise is “activity requiring physical effort, carried out to sustain or improve health and fitness”. Now, of course I participate in plenty of that, it’s just that I hate exercising purely for the fact of ‘getting fit’ (how do youContinue reading “How to be more active”

From the other side of the world: Part 2

More observations on those slight differences from down under. Swearing on the radio – in daytime hours! Oh yes, they do this. Do not be offended, it is perfectly normal to hear bugger and fuck while cruising down the road at 10am in the morning. Post trucks here are little mobility scooter things with aContinue reading “From the other side of the world: Part 2”

Moving countries is hard

I got lonely. Imagine you lived a life full of social engagements, activities, friends and family. Friends that you could pop in and have a cup of tea with, or a pint of beer with in the pub after a quick phone call. Or a g&t in your pyjamas and slippers putting the world toContinue reading “Moving countries is hard”