Puno

Puno

We took a bus tour down from Cusco to Puno, then back again a few days later. It took around 10 hours one way. Luckily, the tour bus was very comfortable, and made lots of stops to ruins and ancient sites along the way. While in Puno, we also stopped by to visit Lake Titicaca, Uros Islands and Taquile.

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Peru Adventures – Part 4. Puno

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Cusco

Cusco

We travelled to Cusco on December 31, 2013. We got to celebrate the beginning of 2014 in style in the town square. There was lots of people, singing, dancing, fireworks, laughing, and beer. Beer everywhere. You couldn’t turn around without seeing someone selling beers or hearing a vendor  calling out “CERVAZA”. This was also where we set off on our trip up to Machu Picchu.

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Peru Adventures – Part 3. Cusco

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It is Easy Being Green! (WPC)

It is Easy Being Green! (WPC)

Hey, so I’m enjoying these weekly photo challenges. So here’s a bonus post in between my Peru adventures recap.

I was spoilt for choice this week, as I live in a city and country that has greenery everywhere. New Zealand is one of the lucky countries where green is easy to come by.

Sidenote: If you’re interested in seeing more about New Zealand, have a look through some old posts where I’ve got lots more pictures about them. Tongariro CrossingTop 5 of Wellington CityWalking around WellingtonWhat else to do in WellingtonFamily and Life.

Back to my entry. This picture is from Pollard Park , Blenheim. Somewhere I frequently visited when visiting my grandparents for Christmas.

The park is beautiful, full of greenery, creeks and ponds, gardens…I’ve always loved it. A few years back, we saw this new addition, supporting the 5 + a Day Campaign. Basically encouraging New Zealanders to stay healthy by eating more than 5 fruits or veges everyday.

Dec.21.2013 5 + a day

I thought this picture was a perfect fit for the challenge, as it can take the meaning of green from the literal colour, nature, and being healthy!

There you have it, It IS Easy Being Green!

Angela.

Arequipa

Arequipa

Arequipa is 2380m above sea level. Coming from Wellington, where almost the whole city is sea level, this was a big difference. It’s also surrounded by three volcanoes, which were easy to spot from the roof of the hostel. I really liked the style of the buildings in this city. In this entry, we visit the Monastery of Saint Catherine and Colca Canyon. Prepare for a lot of pictures.

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Peru Adventures – Part 2. Arequipa

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Lima

Lima

It’s a long trip from New Zealand to Peru. Sarah and I flew to Auckland. Then we had our longest flight which took us to Los Angeles (with a stopover in Papeete). Our next flight took us to Panama. Then our final flight saw us finally landing in Lima, Peru. As much fun as the trip itself was, I’m still not a fan of the hanging around in airports/airplanes part. I also can’t seem to get a decent rest in airplanes, either. So I didn’t sleep much until arriving at our hotel in Lima. Also, this will be a short post, as Lima was more uneventful than the other cities, mostly due to jetlag.

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Peru Adventures Part 1. – Lima

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Trip of a Lifetime

Trip of a Lifetime

So, back in 2013, my good friend Sarah told me about a trip she was planning to the Amazon Rainforest. We were chatting about it, and I was really interested in what she was describing. “Why don’t you come?” she asked. I was working full time on a gap year from uni, I had saved up a decent amount and wasn’t really planning to do much with those savings beside…save. I’ve never travelled without my family at this point, and travelling to a country on the other side of the world where I didn’t speak the language seemed terrifying..but also exciting. Even with Sarah being with me,  I had lots of doubts and fears. It took me a few weeks to come to a decision, yes I’ll come with.

The trip then became a month long excursion around Peru. We hit seven different cities, we spent a week in the Amazon Rainforest, we hiked to Machu Picchu, and spent a month travelling between hostels, meeting others from around the globe who were also travelling through Peru. It was the most daring thing I’ve ever done. I’m glad I conquered my fears of travelling to a unknown and far-off place. Of spending a month travelling between cities, staying in hostels and taking part in a new adventure with Sarah.

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Discussions to Have Before Marriage

Discussions to Have Before Marriage

I’ve read a lot of these in the past. I think they’re important to avoid future problems or controversy later in the relationship. Even before Rory and I were engaged, we’ve been pretty good at communicating. This is mostly in the last couple of years, in the beginning we were happy to just float along and see where we ended up. As our relationship became more long term, and we moved in together, we started to have “talks”. We’d often go out on walks together and start chatting about our future.

From early on, we knew that we’d want to buy a house first before having kids. Children are great, as a daycare teacher, I love babies and children in general, but they’re also expensive. Owning a house is also expensive, but is more of a priority for us at the moment, since we’re still in our mid-twenties. Kids can come after. We also knew that we would only want two kids at max. Funnily enough, from a few years ago, we talked about marriage as a given. We loved each other, we had plans for the future, we figured it was gonna happen. Still didn’t stop me from being floored and bursting into happy tears when he asked me.

Before getting married, our officiant sent us some questions that he encouraged us to talk about. He didn’t need to hear this conversation, it was a tool for us, to open up dialogues of conversation we hadn’t thought of before. It covered topics about Communication, Family and In laws, Sexuality, Work, Finance, Spirituality and a lot of others. It was an extensive list. Rory and I went through this list over a period of months. While we didn’t get to every single question, we did talk more openly about subjects that hadn’t really been discussed as much before. For those who are interested, I’ll post a couple of questions from each subject below.

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Mixing Traditions for a Wedding

Mixing Traditions for a Wedding

As I said yesterday, I’m getting married very soon. I’m very excited. Rory and I are having a smallish wedding of around 40 guests, taking place in a historical homestead (inside is a safe bet when you’re in Wellington). By keeping the guest list small, we’ve got money leftover to save, and to take a trip to Fiji!! This’ll be our second trip outside of New Zealand together, and the first time we get to go to a Pacific Island. I’m looking forward to going to a beach with warm water. The sea in New Zealand is always like ice, summer or winter. Anyway, back to the main point at hand.

There are many wedding traditions out there, we crossed off a lot at the beginning. A wedding is personal, and you should definitely make it your own. Don’t include something you don’t want because ‘tradition’ dictates it.

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Lucky in Love

Lucky in Love

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Hey internet,

I’m trying my hand at the daily prompt today. It’s about luck. I consider myself lucky in many ways. One, in that I found a job while being a struggling university student. I applied in the morning, and got a callback for an interview that afternoon. Three days later after a surprisingly easy interview, I had the job. Getting a job had never gone that smoothly before.

Through this job, I was lucky enough to find Rory, who I’m going to be marrying in exactly one week. Luck and chance worked together to find me a job, where my future  husband was waiting.

Here’s a quick version of our love story:

  • At the end of 2011 , we met and became fast friends working together at a local supermarket.
  • A few months later, he asked for my number and asked me out on a date
  • Immediately after, we became the office gossip as we were officially dating
  • During the next year we fell in love, met each other’s respective immediate and then extended families
  • Moved in together after two years of dating
  • Lived a happy, cruisy little day to day life together for another two years. Both found steady, full time jobs that support our lifestyle.
  • After four years of being together, he proposed during a picnic on Mt Victoria
  • One year later, we’re getting married.

Photo credit to Kent Yu Photography.

Angela.

Luck