So this is up a bit later than intended, but here’s my weekend recap! I normally don’t do these, because my weekends are normally pretty regular, but last weekend, Rory and I went up to Auckland to see Hans Zimmer in concert. My sister, Jo and her fiancee, Tibor, live up there, and were kind enough to let us crash with them.


The flight up to Auckland was uneventful. Domestic flights are always much simpler than international I find. The weather in both Wellington and Auckland was pretty drab and grey, which was a bit of a bummer. When Jo and Tibor picked us up, they joked and pointed out it was sunny before we arrived. This also happened the last time we visited them in Auckland. Rory and I just bring the Wellington gray everywhere we go.




We first made a pit stop at this little German place called Diehl’s Bakery. Jo and Tibor always go here for the really nice bread. It smelt and looked amazing in here. It was tiny though, and was only for ordering and then going. Jo and Tibor grabbed some pretzel bread, and other breads that I didn’t know the name of. Rory and I grabbed a Berliner donut each. They’re pictured above, the little circle donuts with chocolate and icing sugar on top. They didn’t taste too sweet actually which was nice.

Then we drove around to get back home and drop stuff off, then to the mall. The weather wasn’t great to go to the beach or park, so we decided to do some shopping. The things I keep forgetting about Auckland whenever we go, is how huge it is. It’s really hard to get around without a car. The public transport system isn’t great, and the city is just so huge and spread out. Compared to Wellington, that is. Auckland is still small compared to other big cities around the world. But for me and Rory, we prefer Wellington.

A typical Queensgate mall

In the mall, I proudly resisted buying much stuff. Even in Typo, which is a stationary store with so much cute things. I did end up buying a pair of gloves from Forever New. They were too cute. Gray, with a black ribbon decoration, and a little love heart on the fingertip of the thumb and forefinger, so you can still use your smartphone with them on. I had to get them.


After a while, we got hungry and went to get some lunch. Jo and Tibor suggested an Italian place called La Porchetta.



It was a cute, family friendly restaurant, and we’re all fans of Italian food so it was a good choice. The food was really nice too, always a bonus. Jo and Tibor did questionΒ why I was photographing everything, but I explained that it’s what I do now. I can’t help it, and I don’t really want to stop.

Starters and drinks
It all looked good
Can’t go wrong with some classic Spaghetti Bolognese

After lunch, the rain didn’t let up. So we decided to just hang out back at Jo and Tibor’s place, before heading out for the Hans Zimmer concert at 7.30pm.

Rain, rain go away

So, my sister has always been good at art. Literally, every year at school, Jo was at the top. She is very talented, and continued studying itΒ into uni. She enjoys sketching, and she’s damn good at it.


A close up of her current project

She casually showed me some of the other sketches she’d done. She’s very proud of her work (as am I and the rest of the family), and it’s easy to see why. Girl has skills.

In the living room, I noticed that they still had the invitation and polaroids up from our wedding πŸ˜€


After oohing at all the art, Jo showed me a massive bag of clothes she was planning on getting rid of and donating. She wanted to know if I wanted any. We looked through everything and discussed at length what we thought of a lot of them and why she was getting rid of them. I liked a lot of the clothes, but only kept three. The others I liked were ill fitting on me, as Jo is long, tall and fairly skinny. I’m short, and a bit more round. The singlet that a perfect fit for her, was a dress on me (lol). Anyway,Β I kept a couple and I thought I’d show you.

By the way, all you fashion bloggers who can take photos showing off your outfit, either on your own, or by asking someone…how do you not feel awkward? Taking them on my own is hard to co-ordinate angles. Asking Rory to take them, I felt weird standing there and kept hysterically laughing…Anyway back to the clothes, I kept:

A floral bomber jacket. Jo said it didn’t suit her, as she doesn’t really wear floral patterns. It was an impulse buy.

A black t-shirt, with patterns on the sleeve,Β which was made from a nice silky material. Jo said she just got bored of that top. I love it.

Another shirt, more patterns. Still a tad longer on me than I’d like, but I will add it to my wardrobe. I love patterns, if you can’ tell.

For the rest of the afternoon, we hung out, chatted, and watched some Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

For dinner, instead of going out again, Tibor made us dinner. Tibor is from Hungary, so he made us some Chicken Paprikash. I had no idea what that was, but it looked and smelled really good. He also asked if we wanted sauerkraut, which I forget what it was. It’s fermented cabbage, which they were fermenting themselves which is very cool. He also added some sour cream. They put more effort into their meals than me and Rory normally would.


They also have a hanging in the kitchen whichΒ came from Hungary. It listed foods, and the calorie intake I believe. All in Hungarian obviously.


After dinner, Rory and I went off to Spark Arena to see Hans Zimmer live.


The Β concert was amazing. Rory and I are both fans of Hans Zimmer’s work. For those who don’t know him, he’s a movie composer. He’s composed soundtracks for many many films, and a lot of the themes are well known even if you don’t know who wrote them. The arena was packed.

My favourite films he’s composed music for are Pirates of the Caribbean, Sherlock Holmes, Kung Fu Panda, The Lion King, Inception, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice… Hearing and seeing the music performed live was incredible. The music literally vibrates through you, and it’s so much more powerful. Now, I’m going to talk about my favourite pieces he played.

The man himself, Hans Zimmer, comes on stage

Discombobulate is my favourite piece from Sherlock Holmes, and I’m glad it got played. I love the choice of instruments for this piece, and the slow build. Seeing it live gave me literal goosebumps.

Then, we got to hear pieces from The Lion King. When the opening bars of Circle of Life started, there was an explosion of noise from the audience. But what hit me the most in the feels, was when they played the finale piece. I could see this part of the movie in my head, and I nearly started crying. Especially during the last 30 seconds, and then the very last note. So many emotions.

The first act ended with the Pirates of the Caribbean theme, and I was so happy and bouncing up and down in my seat. How can you not get pumped when you hear this:

In the second act, I didn’t recognise as much of the music. Until we hit the superhero portion. I’m not the biggest fan of the DC cinematic universe, I found Man of Steel and Batman vs Superman kinda boring. But the one aspect I do enjoy, is Wonder Woman. Her theme is amazing and kick-ass basically. I loved that the ladies on the strings and drums were up front and centre during this piece. But try not to feel pumped and invincible while listening to this:

I think that was my favourite piece of the evening.

After the show I was literally vibrating, not just from the music and the crazy light show that accompanied it, but from the entire show itself. If you get a chance to see this show, please do, it’s amazing!

After all the excitement from Saturday, Sunday was a chillfest. We woke up around 8, then lounged around before our flight at 11.

Can you spot the Auckland Sky Tower?

Our flight was uneventful yet again, which is good. Rory found a way to lose the Fiji money he was still carrying around.

I bought donuts.


Then we were hungry for some food once we arrived in Wellington. So we chose the healthy option of Burger King.


Once we were home, we dragged ourselves out one last time to get groceries. Then we did nothing.

All in all, not a bad weekend! What did you guys get up to?


23 thoughts on “Weekend Getaway and Hans Zimmer

  1. What a fun weekend!!! I loved all the pictures – thanks for sharing with us! Your sister seriously has SKILLS. My sketches would look like chicken scratch next to hers, hahahaha! Girl I don’t know how anyone looks confident taking outfit selfies/portraits. πŸ˜‚ The only way I end up looking kind of presentable is when whoever’s photographing me gets me to laugh or genuinely smile. My mom’s pretty good at that; she took my profile picture and the one in my sidebar, as well. 😊

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  2. Your sister’s work is fabulous, Angela. That Hans Zimmer concert would have been moving and spectacular. There is something larger than life at work when you attend such concerts and feel the world with you, isn’t it? I have not attended a whole lot but just a few here and there and those gave me goosebumps.

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      1. Absolutely. It is. I so wanted to attend Leonard Cohen. I kept going on and on about it all these years when I should have just bloody bought a ticket and gone, you know. By myself because Adi is not gaga about him though he would have come along I know. Now it is too late! Just reminds you that you should just do what you want to do before mortality creeps in. On that cheery note, I shall leave you to have a wonderful day x

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  3. Very cool post, nice to get a little window on kiwiland. I like the simplicity of it and the honesty in real photos of real places and people. The artwork your sister is doing is great. Thank you kindly for sharing.

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  4. Aw sounds like a lovely trip despite the rain. And good thing you didn’t buy much at the mall since you came home with some super cute stuff. Perks of having a sister. Although my sister and I are pretty opposites in body size too but we do share when we can! I can’t believe how incredible Jo is at sketching, really impressive!!! Is she older or younger than you?

    xo, JJ

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  5. Whenever I have some clothes I want to get rid of, I always ask my sister and mom first, to see if they want any. You’re sister IS AN AMAZING ARTIST!! Really, so good!! The gloves are lovely, something I would definitely wear!! I used to judge people for taking pictures of everything, now I catch myself taking selfies and everyone makes fun of me lol

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    1. Me too! My mum and I are closer in size than my sister, and all three of us rummage through each others clothes when we can XD
      I also used to judge those who always stopped to take photos, but it’s so much fun! πŸ˜€

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