Earthquakes 101

Last night I felt my very first earthquake. Although my colleague at work acknowledged that there had been an earthquake, he laughed the size away. For me it was the first one I actually felt. It woke me up in the middle of the night and it took me a while to figure out what…

One way bridge

I just started working for a campervan rental company and I’m in the middle of a full on training. Today I had to drive one of our vans around for the second time. A challenge for the second time. Man, those things are big! I’m thinking a lot about where I am on the road…

A road not easily forgotten.

It was only a half hour drive to the Moeraki boulders, but my car couldn’t handle it anymore. Suddenly the temperature gage went up high in the sky and when I left the state highway for the last few hundred meters to the boulders, the engine just stopped. I was stuck in between the highway…

Exploring the south of the south

I’m done working! For now at least. I’ve got a small budget and we’ll see how far it takes me. I can’t wait to get my van on the road and start exploring. I’m kicking off with a loop through the south of the South Island, which will look somewhat like this: Highlights on the…

Officially on the mountain!

After being nervous for so long in anticipation of the ski season, my new job and new environment, I have finally started work. My new job as a skiwiland assistant involves teaches kids how to ski in the early childhood center. I got all my ideas about being a kids ski instructor from the previous resort…

Shredding the nerves

Although I haven’t started work yet, the ski season has commenced with two lifts open at my new work place. Since I’d never been to it before, I went up with some friends to have a look around. As soon as we got on the bus we got nervous. “O my god. It’s been so…

A new country, a new car.

Since I really missed having a car in Australia, I decided to look for one straight away in New Zealand. After having done a couple of days of sightseeing I put my mind to it. Between the websites Trademe, Gumtree and Backpackerboard there were many options at this time of year. It seemed like everyone…

Doing the happy dance

  Woohoo! Andrea on 5.2.2014 In January I finished my visa application for a working holiday in New Zealand by sending in a Chest X-ray (to prove I do not have TB). Now, 1,5 weeks later, I already received the verdict: Granted! Time for a little happy dance! In the past week I’ve kept myself entertained…

Application adventures

As my time in Australia is ticking away, it is high time to search for something new. My search brought me to the immigration website of New Zealand. Since I am on ‘the other side of the world’ anyway, I might as well explore it thoroughly. Plenty of things I’d like to do over there,…