Today Greg and I spent the day at Auckland Zoo. It was yet another hot summer day and walking around the zoo was a perfect day to spend a day outside, getting some tan and enjoying each others company.
I haven’t been to the zoo for ages, and I don’t think that I have ever gone there without any children but it turns out that it is a great place to spend time for adults too.
It is quite fascinating to see wild animals up close. Animals that is designed to live in the wilderness. Knowing that some of them would hunt you down and have you as dinner if it wasn’t for the fence between you. To think if you saw the animal that close in nature you would probably be in life danger, but here in the zoo you can just relax.
My favourite animal to see must be the elephant. I get obsessed with elephants from time to time. Their nature and their looks is just beautiful. They help each other out, are social animals and so big and beautiful.
My second favourite must be the giraffe, simply because they are so graceful and also harmless.
Now my days here in New Zealand is starting to run out and my departure date is quickly coming up. I only have tomorrow night and then on Monday I am leaving. I have really felt the sadness of leaving today, knowing that I only have another full day before going back to London.
After the zoo today, Greg’s sister and her husband came over for dinner and it will be the last time I will see them during this trip which made me really sad. Greg has such a lovely family that is so friendly and easy to be around and that makes it even harder to say goodbye.
Tonight Greg had some friends to see and whilst i really should be studying tonight I nearly came with him. Just because I am so aware that I have very little time now and want to make the most of it. It wasn’t until right before he was going I realised that I really do have very little time on my assignments and decided to stay in.
Hopefully I will be able to enjoy my last day tomorrow, and not be dragged down too much by thinking of that I will soon be flying home.
I am now all ready for bed, and will therefore say goodnight and wish for another great day tomorrow – the last of the year!… ….And my last full day here in New Zealand.
Today has been one of those days that makes me feel like I am 16 again. Being out with friends, in the sun, just enjoying each others company. Nowhere to be, nothing to worry about, just hanging out and having fun.
We went to meet Greg’s best friend James in the morning and spent the whole day out in the sun.
We were originally supposed to take the ferry to one of the little islands around here, but in the morning the weather seemed a bit unstable so we dropped those plans. Instead we went to wonder around Devonport and just do what we felt like without any specific plans in mind.
It turned into the best day, probably because we just did what we felt like and didn’t have a specific schedule to follow.
We climbed up Mount Victoria, one of the old extinct volcanoes at Devonport and took in the amazing view from up there. Looking out over the city from there almost looks unreal. As if a picture on a canvas is put down there. I am not normally one to gaze at a view, but since coming here I have just been amazed with them. I don’t know if it is me changing or if it is just because the views here are so spectacular that I cant help but admire them.
After having a great lunch, we headed to the Maritime museum that is in Devonport. I love a bit of history and seeing the exhibits from different tours of the Navy, especially during the war always feels so special to me.
The museum also has these really cool “cabins” on display where you can go and get a feel of what it is to be on one of those boats. It made me really want to join the Navy being in there, trying on the uniform hats and hearing the stories of maritime history.
How cool is it that you can have an interactive experience with the cabins like that? I think it would have been really fun being out at sea with your ship and sharing a cabin like that. Sign me up!
We later went down to the marina and spent a few hours sitting by the water and just having fun. We all went for a swim, me with my clothes on haha! When you don’t have a bikini with you what else is there to do?
Now I am curled up on the bed at Greg’s parents place. Being out in the sun all day really takes your energy away, but it is a great way to feel tired!
At last, I am here! If you read my previous post a few weeks ago, you will know that I was scheduled to fly to New Zealand the 12th of December to spend Christmas with my boyfriend Greg and his family. Well nothing went according to plan.
The day I was meant to travel I got a really bad infection and was strongly recommended by the doctors at the hospital to not fly long distance and stay admitted there until I got better to avoid complications later.
After a lot of back and forth and a few tears I decided at the last minute (literally right before heading to the airport) to not fly because I was too scared of something happening. So as the panic hit me, I cancelled my flight and booked myself onto one about a week after.
And after a week at home, i finally got myself successfully on my flight and made it to New Zealand just in time for Christmas.
And it is absolutely stunningly beautiful here!
Right after I arrived here, Greg was scheduled to go for a long weekend away with his friends. During that time I was able to spend some time alone with his family which was great! Greg’s mum is always so welcoming to me and took me all around Auckland to see everything from the Sky Tower to beaches while Greg was away I even got to see some places here that Greg has not even seen yet. Here are some pictures:
Auckland City and The Sky Tower:
Other than celebrating Christmas here we have spent time with Greg’s friends, gone for long drives and gone to explore all the little bays and beaches around where we are here in Auckland. It is amazing how much diversity and landscape can be found around one single city. I feel as if we have seen ten different places in New Zealand, yet we are in the same area surrounding the city. So many beaches, some with huge waves and dramatic landscape and others with long flat sand reaching for miles and miles with still sea. In the country side, yet a short drive away is the big city.
One of my first thoughts as I arrived from London was just how few people is around. Even on a beautiful day the streets are never overcrowded, nor is the beaches.
I have been constantly using the word colourful everyday since I came here, and it is the only word I can use to describe the beauty around here. At times it seems that I am standing looking at a huge big canvas, as if it is too beautiful to be real.
But enough about the beauty of the land, the pictures speaks for them selves!
It is a ball of emotions being here this time of year. It being Christmas and yet it being warm. Feeling blessed to be spending Christmas with Greg’s wonderful family. Spending Christmas with Greg. Being on an adventure and in nature. Being back after two years of living with Greg in London and feeling as if not a day has passed since I was last here. It being the same and yet so different. Seeing Greg so happy to be here and home, yet knowing we are going back to London again soon. Thinking of what was before and what is now.
It truly feels as though it was last week that I spent three months here with Greg, when we were newly in love and excited to move to London and in together. It feels strange that it feels like no time has passed, and yet two years has gone by and with that a lot has happened. It is a strange feeling – feeling everything is completely the same and yet so different.
I only have a few days left now, because already on the 1st of January I am heading back to London. Greg will stay for another two weeks – lucky bastard.
Tomorrow we are catching up with Greg’s best friend James and spending the day with him! It will be so nice!
Have a great day everyone, or night for those on this side of the world,
I am now sitting at home with Gilmore girls on the TV, snacks on the table and myself planted on the sofa tucked in warm blanket. Not a crazy Saturday night, but with the cold weather outside it is the only thing I want to do tonight.
Even with thick socks, a sweater, a fleece jacket, a good blanket AND heaters on I am still cold!
It is a strange evening home for me, because tonight Greg has travelled to New Zealand where I will travel to on Tuesday to spend Christmas with him and his family.
It is less than a week until I see him and just another two days at home before I leave but yet the house feels so empty without him! I am of course used to being home alone. Greg and I don’t spend every evening together, and often he has to travel to other UK cities for work yet knowing that he is flying to far away makes it feel extra empty. Even though I will see him in no time.
It gives me a real butterfly feeling in my stomach knowing that the next text I get from him he will be far away in Malaysia and I wont talk to him until he is landed in New Zealand. It almost feels like I am the one flying – and in some way that probably is what it is. Knowing that our flights are so close together I feel much closer to my own flight date. The next time I see Greg I will also be in New Zealand, something that I planned for so long is finally happening.
I have so many things to sort out before I go, and I am starting to feel that I am running out of time. I need to finish the laundry for my whole trip in time for it to dry before I pack it. I have to pack, find some stuff for the trip such as a backpack etc. I need to go to uni and sort out a few things this Monday and get the house clean and tidy for us to get back to. In addition to that I am starting to come down with a hefty cold and it looks like I am getting my infection back so I have to go and get some antibiotics on Monday so I am ok for the long flight. I currently get a painful back just sitting on the sofa for an hour so two rounds of 12 hours on a plane will be awful unless I sort it out!
But mostly I am so excited!
I hope everyone is having a great Saturday wither you are out and about living it up or is at home, relaxing on the sofa like me today.
I hope you have all had a great long Easter weekend!
I had work the first three days of holidays but yesterday I finally had my first day off. Greg and I hadn’t got to spend a lot of time together for a while as we have had such different schedules, so yesterday we decided to spend some quality time together.
We went to Greenwich Park, which isn’t too far from where we live. I first thought we had had some bad luck with the weather, but as the day went on it cleared up and we ended up having a great time at Greenwich.
Greenwich Park is so beautiful and it has a great view over the city of London. With Canary Warf in the background and the city itself a bit further in the horizon it is a perfect spot for a day date in the city!
For those of you who doesn’t know (I didn’t make the connection until we were there) this is where the GMT, the Greenwich Mean Time is set. Meaning that the time of the worlds is set from that point. Anywhere that is 3 hours before us is GMT +3 and somewhere that is 5 hours behind us if GMT -5. Pretty cool right? As Greg and I was talking about, it is as if we are standing in the middle of time, right where it starts. Not only is time set from Greenwich, but also longitude and latitude is based of Greenwich Park. The longer longitude and latitude it is on a map, the further away you are from Greenwich. So being at the top of Greenwich park, one can think that you are not only where time is set from, in a way you are also in the center of the world. I thought that was pretty amazing to think about!
We walked around the park, philosophized about time and distance, grabbed a coffee and sat down watching all the people and dogs in the park.
We saw this beautiful Golden Retriever and I started nagging Greg for a dog again. He said something about us not having a garden but I chose to ignore that and continued my campaign to get a Golden Retriever haha.
After the park we went for lunch in Greenwich before heading home for a cheat day of Chinese food, chocolate, cheesecake and a couple of movies.
All in all it was the perfect day.
I think it is so important in a relationship to take time to spend quality time together, such as going to the park, to lunch or just for a walk every now and then. It is so easy to slip on that especially when living together. I would hate for us to just fall into a routine of work and home, not really appreciating each other.
I can tell already after one year of living together that that is an easy trap to fall into so these dates is important to me.
Today we are back to weekdays, Greg has just come home from work and I have spent the day studying. I went a bit overboard with the sweets last night so I have been feeling a bit unwell today. But as yesterday was Easter I will give myself a pass on that.
I hope all you guys have had an amazing weekend and a great start to the week!
Its a new week and a fresh start! Time for new goals and a clean slate!
Everyone always talk about how they hate Mondays, but I actually quite like them. It feels like a new start, just as the beginning of the year feels like.
I also often work long hours on the weekend and at the end of the week since I am a student on week days so that might be a part of my love for Mondays. Uni life feels more relaxed than working hours, even though the uni work load is much more. It is probably because the hours you study is more flexible to manage that hours that you are at work.
Since it is Monday today and a new week is commencing, I have set myself 5 simple goals for the week:
Go for a Run and exercise minimum 4 times
Eat healthy the entire week, and only have chocolate or candy 1 day in the week
Spend minimum 35 hours on uni work this week
Answer messages as soon as they come and keep in touch with friends
This Monday has been a great start to the week. I have been for a lecture at uni that was really interesting, cleared up at home a little bit and made Greg and I tacos for dinner.
Here are a few pictures from my day today so far;
I will take the rest of the evening off now, and watch some Big Bang Theory or Silent Witness on the TV when Greg finishes his play station game.
Monday is here and I am hoping it is the start of a great and productive week!
Last night I started planning for the week, and as I did that I also cleaned up at home!
One of the things that was long overdue was my closet. I am somewhat of a horder, especially with clothes. I can never seem to be able to let anything go, and with too many clothes for my closet it is a constant mess! Half the clothes I owe are stuff I never wear, even wrong sized clothes I hang on to in the fear that I might one day not have anything to wear and need some emergency clothing.
It is actually working against it’s purpose with me always being in a rush in the morning combined with a chaotic closet always leads to me not finding anything to wear and end up dressing like a klutz.
Not to mention our bedroom always being in a state of chaos.
So I decided to put an end to all that and finally go through it. I filled up an entire bin bag to give away!
I am hoping and planning for the closet change to be the metaphorical start to a much better week than the one that passed. A boarder separating last week to the coming week.
The week that passed was such a mess with to many unfortunate incidents and me failing to meet any of my goals.
Last week started well with many outings and fun. I ate healthy, worked out and spent my days with productivity.
Well, as the storm came to London it blew away my motivation and whisked me with bad luck.
I let my diet go, ate loads of sugars and cut back on nutrient food, leaving me feeling bloated, out of energy and unwell. I “forgot” my exercise and I overslept nearly every night, making it hard to fall asleep in the evening and then I was caught in this really bad sleep routine. Fortunately I didn’t have anywhere I needed to be early, but still – bad.
To top my week of, on Friday I was out with one of my friends and I lost my phone! It was stolen out of my bag! Four years in London and my first theft incident so I guess I am lucky, but still so very annoying.
So yesterday I had to go get a cheap phone so people can reach me and now I am stuck with this really old phone that is super hard to use. But at least I have a phone and can be reached!
So, that was my week – a fiasco of a week, but fortunately that is over now and a new week is upon us!
I have already started well, I have been for a long run, did my exercises, had a shower and I am now doing my makeup. All ready for my 9 am appointment and a good start to the week!
I wish you all a great Monday, and hope to report with good news throughout the week!
Today I want to make another recommendation for those of you living in or visiting London. I realize that my previous post was about the same thing but yesterday Greg and I went to Notting Hill to look around and I just have to share these cool pictures with you guys and give you the recommendation to go here! It as absolutely a place worth visiting!
I am sure most of you have seen the movie Notting Hill, a classic from the 90’s starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. It is so romantic and a movie that always made me want to visit London long before moving here.
We both had a day of yesterday and planned on going to Richmond Park for the day but the day turned out so windy and rainy, we figured our feet would get soaked walking around the park. So I suggested that we could go to Notting Hill to see all the sites from the movie, such as the bookshop and the famous blue door. None of us had been to Notting Hill before so it was about time!
I didn’t realize thought that there were so much more to see in this area than just the sites from the movie. We saw all the little shops, the blue door, the bookshop and last but not least the beautiful, long and colorful Portobello Road.
I loved how long Portobello Road is and how beautiful it is. Not just on the actual road but also the little side streets are so colorful and gorgeous. We were both freezing walking around here – non of us had dressed sufficiently but nonetheless it was completely worth it. We kept taking about how great it would be to live here, with so many shops, cafes and pubs around but also what an effect living with such creativity and beauty around would have on your soul and general mood. We walked around on a relatively cold grey day and had a blast, just imagine how nice it would be in summer!
I was stoked to find The Travel Book Shop from the movie Notting Hill. The place were Anna Scott and William Thacker first meet and where Anna eventually confesses her love for him with the words “I am also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her”. It felt like such a iconic place to see and for a second I felt as though William Thacker would be standing inside, selling travel books and going about his day.
I was most excited about finding the blue door from the movie, but that was sort of a let down. I must have built it up in my head, as this very recognizable iconic door, but even though we were looking for it we actually walked past it a few times before even realizing that this was the door we were looking for. But oh, well at least we found it and I got my picture taken in front of it like I wanted.
We rushed the picture though, because it looked like there might be living someone inside, and we kept speculating on this on the way home wondering what that would be like, having people come all day taking pictures of your door.
After the door was found, we just kept walking around Portobello Road and explore it’s little side streets before heading home.
I love how artistic the streets are, like a little creative sphere in West London. I wonder what it is like to live here and how expensive it would be. A great motivation to work on getting a great job, that’s for sure.
I am of to start my day now! Not in Notting Hill unfortuantly but in the very charming South and East London.
This weekend Greg and I decided to take a day trip out to Windsor and visit Windsor Castle.
If any of you living in London or visiting London and want to make a short trip out of the city to see something else I highly recommend this trip.
Greg and I have been talking about going to see the castle ever since he first came to London but only now got around to it.
The castle was built in 1070, by William the Conqueror and has since them been kept in the royal family and built on by the reigning King or Queen of the times.
Britains current Queen, Queen Elisabeth || has been using the castle frequently during her life and comes up there on her free weekends, and during the spring.
I think it is so cool to walk around historic places like this and take in all the history and think how many people has walked on those grounds! Not only in today’s society but also hundreds of years ago. To think that the most powerful people of 1000 years ago walked on those exact grounds we are walking on.
Whilst we were at the castle we walked around the State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel.
In the State Apartments you can see all the rooms that the old Kings and Queens used for their bedrooms, their dining halls and their ball rooms. They also have old gifts given throughout the centuries from other state leaders to the royal families.
I wanted to take so many pictures, but both in the State Apartments and the Chapel you are not allowed to photograph.
In St. George’s Chapel many of the old Kings and Queens are buried and their tum is displayed next to the history of the one laying there. Greg and I was talking as we walked though the Chapel that it is amazing to think that these people are laying right were we are standing. These once very powerful people, who shaped the course of the world we live in, are now right by we are standing, centuries after their death.
In a way it is a nice thought and in another way a very sad and aerie thing to think about. It suddenly makes them seem just like you and me. Mortal and human – as we all are.
Not only is the castle beautiful and so enriched with history, but the town of Windsor is beautiful as well.
It has a small town vibe to it and at the same time you can find any store here, big or small. If you do go to see Windsor Castle make sure you set of some extra time to walk around the town.
If you want to go to Windsor Castle from London you can take direct trains from Waterloo station. The train takes 50 minutes to Windsor and leaves every 30 minutes. The train you need to board is Windsor and Eton and it takes less than 5 minutes to walk from the station to the Castle. The train costs 21 pounds in peak our but only 12 pounds return of peak. The Entrance to the Castle is 21 pounds, 19 for students.
Be weary though that lines getting in to the castle can be long. When we went we were only in line for about 15 minutes, this was probably because we got there around 2 pm when the castle is less busy.
So there you have it, a recommendation of a great outing and how to get there. I hope you all have a nice week, and we will “talk” very soon!
Now that a new year has come and 2016 is officially history, I thought it would be nice to have a look back at the year that just passed and reflect on that.
Last year was a year of many changes and for me and Greg it was the year that we worked on settling in to our life in London. It feels like we spent the whole year getting settled and set up a new life, a new home and a new routine. Here is a throwback to the year 2016.
On this day exactly one year ago the day we had been waiting for arrived. Greg moved to London.
I remember the trip to Heathrow airport so vividly as went to pick him up. I had not seen him since September and I was stoked! I was both nervous and incredibly happy. I was nervous about the big step of moving in together and having our relationship go from long distance to one where we not only would see each other every day but also living together and sharing our lives. Would we meet differences that would be to hard to live with? Would we see sides of each other that we were not prepared for? I was also very excited to be living with the person I love and sharing my life with my best friend. To after missing each other for so long to finally be able to wake up together every morning and go to bed together every night.
When Greg finally stepped out to the arrival hall at Heathrow airport, all my nervousness disappeared and I remembered just how good it felt to be with him. I had almost forgot how handsome he was and how much he made me laugh.
Finally we were together again.
Greg didn’t stay for many days before we went on a two week holiday to Norway. At that time Norway was covered in snow and the temperature went as low as 17 degrees. I can imagine it was quite a shock to Greg, coming from sunny New Zealand. We spent time with my family, took a trip to Oslo and just fully enjoyed ourselves.
Coming back to London we started looking for a place. As Greg didn’t have a job yet, getting a place by our selves was difficult and therefore we ended up renting a room in Stratford through Air Bnb. We moved into a family house with a family of three that rented our their spare room. Our plan was to live there for one or two months, ended up being until July.
At first we were just fine there, but over time being two people sharing one room where we would sleep, hang out, eat and spend all our time on the bed it grew less charming.
Greg got a job impressively fast and had his first day only a few weeks after we returned and is in this job today, working as a paralegal.
I continued with Uni and worked part time as a Health Care Assistant at a local Dementia Home.
In July we finally got our own place. I cannot even begin to express my relief! I felt like someone that just won the lottery must feel. All that space and privacy after months of living in a small confined space was an incredible feeling. I think it took me about two weeks before I finally could relax and believe that this was actually our new home!
When we moved in we spent most of our savings on the deposit and therefore had little left over for furniture. Our place looked empty for months, only filled with basic second hand furniture of what we needed the most. I must say however, I still loved it!
During the summer I went from working as a Heath Care Assistant at my job to covering for the Home Administrator for two months, suddenly working office hours Monday – Friday, shorter shifts but more days a week than normal. It was a lot of fun and gave me an sight of what it is like having a normal 9 – 5 job.
When my time in the office was over, I went for two weeks to Greece with my mum for a holiday before returning to London to start the 3rd year of Uni.
I felt that over the summer I had gathered new motivations for Uni and was excited to start and continue to learn. After the summer holiday I have enjoyed Uni more than ever before so I think the summer gave me just the motivation and excitement I needed.
I honestly dont even know what we have been up to from October to December. The time has just flown by whilst we have been busy planning for Christmas holidays and doing work and Uni.
I did however finally get to decorate the living room how I wanted in December and I am to this day still so excited for it. Finally it looks like a home!
Finally, as you know we flew home to Norway on the 23rd of December and spent the holidays here. I am still here and Greg flew home today where I will join him on the 5th.
I mentioned it earlier in a post, but during this Christmas holiday I feel as we have fallen in love all over again and got a better connection than ever before. Living hectic lives in London and feeling tired and stressed when we get home can make you disconnect and take each other a little for granted. I think we both want to take this holiday with us home in a sense and make sure we make time for each other, disconnect from all the rest occasionally and just enjoy one another’s company from time to time.
Like said earlier, I feel that 2016 was the year of getting settled in and setting up our new life.
I hope 2017 will be the year of accomplishments and having fun with, work, uni and travelling!
Tomorrow I am posting about my hopes for 2017!
All that is left for me to do now is say thank you for a very interesting and good year!