Archive for Category: "new zealand"
Since graduating from university in 2010, I have moved four times, each time uprooting myself and all of my belongings and setting up again in a new city and often a new country. In the last three years, I have lived throughout New Zealand’s South Island as well as in Melbourne and Sydney.
An article about a woman following a man on his travels hardly seems Pink Pangea appropriate, but here I am, guilty of sins against the sisters. “Where is your independence?” you shout at me, as I sip my chardonnay and shield my eyes from the sun. “Follow a man to Australia? Follow a man to Australia for cricket?!” you lament
I spent last night surrounded by a group of strangers at a bar in downtown Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. I was there to meet Russell, a kiwi who is part of New Zealand’s extensive Couchsurfing network. Russell had offered to host me overnight at his place while I was visiting Wellington, and had suggested we meet up at this bar once I arrived on the ferry from the south island.
When I got off the plane in Palmerston North, New Zealand I knew I was experiencing the greatest level of exhaustion ever known to man. Somehow my body managed to ache feverishly and go numb at the same time, a feat that still baffles me. After trekking to my residence, I slept for what felt like days. Then when I finally awoke, anxious enthusiasm rattled me inside and out and a mantra started to build in my head: I must make friends with the locals
While on my flight to New Zealand, I created a to-do list that stretched from my hometown of Decatur, Georgia all the way to Palmy, my newly acquired residence for five months. I was determined to experience adventure, and foolishly assumed that I was prepared.