Hello friends… it’s been a while!
I don’t really know where to start.
After running out of money travelling the North island, I decided to stop in Wellington and get myself a job. I have settled into my new life here far more than I ever expected to! Described by the Lonely Planet as “the coolest little capital in the world!” and voted the best city in the world to live in a recent poll, Wellington is an excellent home! It’s pretty hipster, and not really like me at all, but I love it!
After a whole extra month of hostel living, I moved into a beautiful home on Cuba Street with my friends Becky and Jake. Her name is Princess Jasmine and she was perfect!
I have been working as a restaurant manager at a bar on the waterfront called Mac’s Brewbar since I arrived. (www.whg.co.nz/macs) Having spent the last few years working as many hours as possible in my old life, I was starting to really enjoy unemployment. This meant, starting a job in a bar on the waterfront of New Zealand’s capital, in the height of summer was a mega struggle. However, the Mac’s Crew made it all a lot easier and made me feel very welcome ❤️
I have since moved to my new home (Prine Eric) in the city centre. He’s fantastic, so close to everything, has a lovely balcony and even a pool. This month I’ve had to say goodbye to my flatmates and bet friends, Becky and Jake which has been really sad!
Throughout the year I have been lucky enough to visit many amazing places in the Southern Hemisphere. Firstly I met my oldest friend from home in Sydney 🇦🇺 and the following month Travelled to Fiji to do an island hopping holiday 🇫🇯 with 3 of my fave travelling buddies! After that, the Monty’s family were reunited when they arrived in New Zealand and we had a camper van holiday in Lucy (the Jucy van)🇳🇿
I also managed to squeeze in a short trip to the beautiful Martinborough with the grapes 🍇 for a spenny few days of cycling, wine tasting, classy dinners and generally having a loose time with some fantastic people! 🍷
I spent Christmas in the sun with Jen when we travelled to Bali for cocktails, adventure and injuries!🇮🇩 New Year was celebrated from the top of Marina Bay Sands with my hobbling companion.🇸🇬
Despite a lot of recent changes and having to say goodbye to some of the best people I have ever met (Thamires Kristine De Paula Nunes😭❤️) I am really hoping to extend my stay as I am not quite ready to go home!
I have applied for sponsorship from Mac’s, however, due to immigrations inability to make a simple decision, I have found myself( temporarily) unemployed! Instead of awaiting a decision that I am confident will take them several more weeks to make, I have decided to finish my Stray Travel Journey.
A year to the day since I arrived in the most beautiful country in the world, I am re-boarding the big orange bus and embarking on a trip down south.
This morning I woke up at 4am to start of my trip with one of New Zealand’s Great Journeys on the Interislander along the Beautiful Cook Straight. ⛴ This is my second time on the ferry but on this trip, I will be travelling alone.
I have now arrived in Picton and it is 32 degrees! ☀️ it’s not the most interesting part of New Zealand but it does have a lovely small town feel to it!
As I wait here for the bus, I am looking forward to returning to some of my favourite parts of the country and absolutely buzzing about the amazing new places that I have been excited to visit for the last year .
Let the holiday begin…