On the road again

We are on the road again. But we’ll get back to that in a moment. First, we start with New Year’s Eve; the annually most overrated event, according to Jack. We had been in contact with Joe, a childhood family friend of Jacks for about six weeks before we finally agreed on a date to…

After rain comes sunshine

The weather over the last couple of days hasn’t really excited us too much. The positive mood-boosting sun has been pushed back behind a thick, never-ending blanket of grey cloud. Yesterday (Wednesday) was a should-we-force-ourselves-outside day, or just stay in, eat all day and watch the cat sleep. Not long after our dilemma began we…

Lake Wainamu

(För svensk text, scrolla längre ner) We were lucky to get invited by Emiel, our next-door neighbour, to come with him to Lake Wainamu on the west coast. Perfect because we are always looking for new places to visit, and even better when guided by a local. Lake Wainamu and the area called Te Henga…

A new way of celebrating Christmas

(För svensk text, scrolla längre ner) The sun is up and shining brightly from early morning to late evening. It is warm and everything around us is green. The radio and the shops are playing Christmas songs every now and then but we wouldn’t say that it is quite as intense as it is at…

When the sun shines over New Zealand

Winter in Europe means Summer over here in Oceania. It means that the sun will be frying anyone that spends time here, like us for example. December is the first of three hot summer months in New Zealand. Being sweaty in a warm and humid climate is nothing new but the sheer power of the…

Kiwi House Sitting

One of the best things about talking to new people is that it often rewards you with recommendations, tips and opportunities, that you might otherwise not have considered or even known about.  A recent favourite tip of ours was to try Kiwi House Sitting. It basically means that you sit someone’s house while the owners…