A guide to Rio’s neighborhoods – Ipanema

Okay, so I know that Copacabana is the beach most people associate with Rio de Janeiro; however, if I only had one day to spend at a beach in Rio, Copacabana wouldn’t be the beach I choose. If I had to choose only one, I would choose to go to Ipanema beach over Copacabana for…

Sunday stroll in Makara, NZ

There’s nothing like a family stroll on a Sunday morning on a perfectly sunny winters day; and it’s even better when you’re lucky enough to be able to walk around this little bit of paradise…just a 30 minute drive from my house. Unfortunately I’ve spent a good amount of my time at home being sick….

A kiwi guide to Taupo, New Zealand

I’m currently working on walking the line between appreciating my country through the eyes of a tourist, without becoming an actual tourist in my own country. From this perspective I present to you, my kiwi guide to Taupo, New Zealand. For more on Taupo check out my follow me post about my weekend away in Taupo. Otherwise enjoy…

Sunset on the Desert Road, NZ

Come explore New Zealand with me and travel through the Desert Road, part of New Zealand’s main state highway. The Desert Road is a portion of State Highway 1 that runs through Tongariro National Park and beside its three mountains; Ruapehu, Nguaruhoe and Tongariro. The road itself is fairly treacherous and can catch foreign travelers…

A weekend away

I recently traveled up to Taupo for a family weekend getaway. Despite being the middle of winter we had gorgeous blue sky and sun all weekend, although it wasn’t quite warm enough for shorts or a swim in the lake. The town of Taupo is located in the center of the North Island, on New…

Coming home

Studying in America is great. In the three years I’ve been there, I’ve experienced a multitude of opportunities that would never have crossed my path if I had stayed in New Zealand: I’ve been to towns, cities and countries that I would have never dreamed about, and made some new best friends; But it’s not always…

A guide to Rio’s neighbourhoods – Copacabana

Rio de Janeiro is a gigantic city – according to a random google search I did it has a population of 6.2 million (UN  data). Now I’m from New Zealand, a country with an entire population of 4.4 million, so a city of 6.2 million is still new to me. Needless to say it was a bit overwhelming…

Award Season!

Hey there friends, So over the past couple of weeks or so I was actually nominated for a Liebster award by two separate bloggers! As I’m fairly new to this whole thing it took a bit of googling and blog-skimming to find out what a Liebster award actually is and now I know I think that…

NYC Day 3

For my final day in the city we went to Central Park. I know that trying to fit all of NYC into one 3 day trip is physically impossible, but Central Park was on the top of my to-see list and I wanted to see as much of it as possible this time around. Lucky…

NYC Day 2

Day 2 was actually pretty relaxed and probably the least-touristy out of all three days..kind of. We caught the subway from Penn Station down to SoHo and spent most of the afternoon just walking around in the sun. We went to Katz’s delicatessen which was a pretty awesome experience. The sandwiches are around $20 but…

NYC Day 1

I’ve never been to New York City before. It’s been number 1 on my to-do list since moving to America 3 years ago, and this past week was the first time I finally got around to getting there. I’ve been kicking myself ever since that I didn’t make the effort to go earlier…now I only…