New post on my blog! Exploring the Most Charming Small Towns in New Zealand’s South Island? ? I was born and raised on the South Island of New Zealand, but it took me until my adult life of traveling the world to come to appreciate how beautiful and unique this island really is. But the more I travelled, the more I heard from people along my way how much they dreamed of visiting New Zealand. My curiousity was always piqued – where would you like to go?? ? The answers were always similar; Queenstown usually came up, or perhaps they'd heard of Auckland, or wanted to visit the Hobbiton set. ? ? But what about the small towns? I thought. ? ? Well, it turns out that most people haven't heard of the charming small towns smattered throughout the South Island, and in the spirit of I reached out to some fellow travellers & travel bloggers to ask them what was their favourite small town to visit in New Zealand. Combined with some of my own personal favourites, here's some of the South Island's most gorgeous little towns.? ? As always, the link is in my bio – or you can use this one: http://buff.ly/3k3riUZ? ?
day 16 Last view from our lovely Lyttelton house. Today I’m grateful for the last six months that we’ve been able to enjoy this beautiful home and these wonderful views from our front yard. Today we packed up and cleaned up, loaded up our car and said goodbye. A few hiccups along the way, but super thankful to the help of my mum who came over to lend a hand and help get us all moved out. So grateful for family, support, and some time spent in my hometown. It’s been a wonderful 6 months, and I’m excited to see what the next 6 months bring.
day 63 I’ve skipped some days of gratitude to catch my breath, to find my words and try to make sense of the overwhelming violence and hate that’s occurred in my hometown. I’ve felt heartbroken and tearful, in disbelief and in rage. My safe little city tucked away in the far corner of the world.. it feels unfathomable and difficult to shift my mind back into gratitude. I am grateful to my country for being so focused on building love, tolerance and acceptance in the face of this great tragedy. Despite the pain it brings me so much pride to be a kiwi when I see how much support, tolerance, and messages of love are outpouring. I’m proud of the things our prime minister has said, and the transparency in which details have been shared and approached. . I’m hopeful that the people of New Zealand, my people, will continue to grow in love , kindness and compassion towards all humans. That we can see this as an opportunity to become more loving, and more vigilant against allowing racism to grow. . I’m grateful to my country and culture for shifting the focus not to a war, or a battle, or a fight against .. but instead a call to more acceptance and love for one another in our diverse and wonderful communities. New Zealand I love you, and my heart is aching for the city I grew up in and all it’s people. Yet in seeing the response to this tragedy, and how everyone is coming together, I couldn’t be more proud to call myself a Kiwi today ? and that is something I am truly grateful for. . “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” . Kia kaha to my compassionate and kind city and country. Don’t stop being kind, don’t stop being open. Please be there for all the humans of our country no matter what their background, language, look, race or religion. Reach out to those around you, as surely there are so many frightened people in need of love and support right now. I wish I could be there to hug you all, but know my heart is breaking from a distance. . Image by @rubyalicerose