I know I am officially back in Sydney and everything and I should be living in the present, yoga style, etc etc, but I have to post these final pics of my final days in lil’ ol’ NZ because NZ is awesome and beautiful and I want you all to go there.
Also I pretty much spent the whole of yesterday waitressing, and have nothing to show for it other than some gnarly blisters, which I don’t think you want to see 🙂
These pics aren’t really in any order, and they’re pretty random, so just roll with it. Consider it a ‘Get to know NZ random styles 101’.
Exhibit A: This is a Maori Tiki pendant. They typically represent ancestors or the goddess Hineteiwaiwa. It’s pretty common to see around NZ.
Other common NZ symbols: the tomato sauce (ketchup) tomato shaped squirty bottle, old fashioned glass milk bottles, hokey pokey ice cream, and jandals (known as flip flops in non kiwi-world).
Moving right along, morning tea with my parentals is an essential part of my life in NZ. I’ve mentioned this before but none of us can function without morning tea and coffee and cake of some sort. My mum is an amazing baker and ridiculously modest about it so I have to brag for her. She is going to say “Oh Jessie, you are exaggerating” when she reads this, but please just extend your eyes to the cake below and decide which of us is right. Obviously it’s me. PS. I love this photo cos you can kind of see all of us reflected in the coffee pot.
I also love being home because of the home cooking. My mum’s cooking and my dad’s jokes and both parental’s pearls of wisdom make for a very good time.
Being home in NZ also means hanging out with my incredible sis. We have been the best of friends since day one (once she got over being scared of me when I was a baby) and the good times with her continue to roll. This trip included our road trip adventure of a lifetime in which you may remember us having driven four hours in the opposite direction of where we were supposed to go.
We may look like we know what we are doing, but we really don’t.
I like the below photo a lot because it really shows the rural-ness of where we live. No sheep in this pic but lots of cows. Whenever I’m overseas people always ask me about the sheep in NZ, and yes there are a lot of sheep, but there are really a lot of cows too. Do cows just get less press because they are not as cute as sheep? That is discrimination right there people.
On my final morning in before boarding my flight we went to a beautiful Secret Garden cafe. I love that it had the Chakras hanging around in the garden, I learnt a bit about this during my yoga course and like the idea of it.
The pizza truck by the beach with the most amazing fresh over-fired pizza. Eating delicious pizza by the beach with the fam = heaven.
Remember how the other day I put up that ridiculous photo of the one legged sea gull but something was wrong with it and it came out negative and you couldn’t see anything? Well I found the original photo. I’m sure that you were all on the edge of your seats about that. He is sitting on the post BTW.
Okay so this pic isn’t from NZ BUT it is of when I first got back to my bestie’s place where I am living now in Sydney. Please focus on the adorable welcome home card she made me, and not on whatever on earth is going on with my hair after three hours on the plane.
And to make up for the above horrific photo of me, one looking slightly normal right before saying goodbye to the Bach (NZ beachhouse) and heading to the airport. Yes I still wear my Garmin even when I have a sprained ankle and am not running on it. I am badass like that 🙂
See you again soon, NZ! (If Sydney- Auckland ticket prices EVER get down to a normal student-friendly price).
Do you have siblings? How many years between you? -My sis is two years older than me but when we were little people often thought we were twins because I caught up to her in height at one point (now I am 5ft 8 and she is 5ft 1 and she is probably going to kill me for putting that on here 🙂 ).
How tall are you?
Fave pizza toppings? – I love hawaiian but the kumara (NZ word for sweet potato) was amazing on this pizza.
Have you heard of the Chakras before?