You know the moments in time when you find yourself standing in front of somewhere unbelievably beautiful and think "how can this possibly be real"? Well, this is about those moments; those connections with nature, people, and food as experienced by me, Amanda.

 

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We Live Here

In this space, in this moment, in this being...

Narrative, storytelling, planning, and travel tips from a late 20-something-year-old, “coming of age”, low-key traveler. 

Worldwide adventure based in New Zealand.

June 23, 2019

“Closed.” “No more orders.” “No, Sorry.”

By the fourth restaurant rejection, my stomach cramped as a serious case of hunger took over and I began to worry, sweat collecting on the bridge of my nose in the hot, humid air.

“It’s 11pm on a Saturday night, we’ll be fine,” my partner said in an attempt of reassurance.

They gray city...

November 12, 2018

I’m a little embarrassed to admit, but before my boyfriend first suggested hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB for short), I had never heard of it. He had me at Swiss Alps, but once he described the popular, tri-country crossing, long-distance hike, I was captivated.  The route circumnavigates roughly 170 kilometres (110 mile...

July 6, 2018

I recently had the privilege of exploring the Tasman Glacier in Mt Cook National Park and the icebergs scattered along its terminal lake via jet boat with the company, Glacier Explorers. It was the first time in a while that me and Jake were able to play tourists in this national park that is currently home.

Our tour began on...

February 16, 2018

It's been 6 months since I've moved to Australia. I've held a Koala Bear, visited the Opera House, and went surfing in Byron Bay, but nothing has felt more "Australian" than when I tried kangaroo meat for the first time.

My first dish was a seemingly normal burger with aioli, lettuce, grilled onion, ketchup, and tom...

January 5, 2018

Living away from your close-knit friendship group can be really hard (next level FOMO). In my opinion, it’s one of the hardest parts about living abroad – seeing your group continue to have fun and become closer without you. You’re now the one they have to explain inside jokes to and they’re growing and living new life exper...

It was an overcast, but warm, morning as I pulled back the curtains of our bedroom window to reveal the day’s weather. It was the start of our weekend and we were excited to embark on our first over-night mission of the summer.

21 kilometers over Pyramid Saddle and Flanagan Pass led us from Twizel to the shore of Lake Ohau. T...

October 12, 2017

According to Maori Legend, Aoraki Mount Cook and the surrounding peaks that make up the Southern Alps were formed after Aoraki and his three brothers set out on a voyage around the earth. Their canoe struck a reef and left the brothers stranded in the ocean. They climbed on top of their canoe to survive, but the cold south w...

October 10, 2017

Sat under a brightly colored fale along the Northern tip of Samoa’s largest island, Savaii, wrapped in a red, seashell covered sarong is the last place I expected to befriend a group of middle-aged theological college students.

The conversation started with my American accent (or lack thereof) and the connection a Hawaiian wo...

October 4, 2017

I am in no way near where I thought I would be at this point in my 28th year of life. I’m not sure what I expected, but where I am now is completely unexpected.

I suppose I imagined I’d be working a glamourous, big-city life in a corporate job, looking the part, meeting colleagues at the local, trendy café for our weekly meet...

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