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Skiing at Cardrona

Getting back onto the travelling post, catch ups..

Whilst I was still in Queenstown, I decided to go skiing for the first time in my life! I have always wanted to try it, so I booked to have a lesson and it was so much fun!

Cardrona was such a beautiful place and made me feel all christmassy, although I did get a tiny bit sunburnt from the snow reflecting the sun!
The lessons were 3 hours each, and we had two of them. We learnt how to stop, put on our skiis, how to navigate, how to climb up a hill..

Eventually, we went up the small magic carpet (not the ski lift, this day) and got the chance to go down some steeper hills.
To be honest, I am not that good and not too confident whilst throwing myself down the hills haha but with some practice I will get better and a lot more confident!

The only downside to skiing is that the boots are SO PAINFUL! I came home from skiing with a long ling of blisters going across my right ankle which was pretty disgusting and very painful haha but it was definitely worth it!

Here are a few photos, and a link to the video when Mandy caught me falling over whilst going down a hill!
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My brief travels to Fiji!

I have now been back home for the last month – I got my old job back pretty much instantly, but in another store that I am loving at the moment, back on the car insurance so I’m on the road again and I am finally getting into a routine!
So now that I’ve settled back home, I thought it’s finally time to catch up on all of the travelling blog posts and video editing.
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So I arrived in Nadi and like I’ve heard about Fijians, I had a very, very warm welcome. Not only in temperature, but the people are so friendly in Fiji! They greeted me, gave me this gorgeous shell necklace (one of many, I received) and offered to help with everything possible. Next, I got in a shuttle for a three hour drive, as I had booked a much nicer hotel which was on offer, for the same price as a standard hotel in Nadi. So I decided to make the gorgeous drive here anyway, as it was in Pacific Coast near Suva (the Capital).
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I stayed at the Pearl Pacific Resort and it was gorgeous here! I had a HUGE room all to myself (note: this bed was actually bigger than a double bed) and it was just beautiful here! They had their own private beach for the resort, a swimming pool, spa facilities, gold course.. oh, and buffet breakfast – of course!IMG_2287
I must say that the weather wasn’t as hot as I thought it would be, it was warm but I was going into Autumn/Winter. It was so nice though to relax on a hammock, reading my Kindle and completely destress!IMG_2310 IMG_2314
It was such a beautiful resort, and although it was windy from being right on the coast, it wasn’t as windy as the palm trees look – they’ve just been bent over time! Haha!IMG_2347 IMG_2350
Unfortunately, one evening some guests had no running water, they must have tried the shower and not realised that they left the tap on (obviously they had no water, so they didn’t realise). Turns out that when they were out in the day, the water came back on and had not only flooded their room, but it had flooded through 5 rooms in the corridor.
So I rang reception to tell them, maintenance came and found out the problem from a few doors down and we were treated very well. They offered us a room change for the night which had an Ocean View and two double beds (although it was only me travelling!) but it turns out that they just left me in this room for the rest of the week – which was great!IMG_2360
During the week, I decided to go to Suva for a little bit of souvenir shopping! Sadly I went on a Sunday and the markets were closed but I found plenty of souvenirs which were very cheap in their shopping centre!IMG_2372
It was really nice to get out and see how the Fijians live and what their towns were like (especially the capital) and I met a lot of friendly Fijians. Even if you’re walking down the street or alongside the road, they all shout BULA BULA at you, which means Hello. They are very friendly here! I even met this little girl on the bus back to Pacific Coast, who was so adorable and fell asleep on me the whole way back.IMG_2378
I had such a great time in Fiji, and thought that I would send the souvenirs home as they were pretty big as I bought a Fijian Bongo Drum, wooden carved bowls and some masks. So I hopped over to the post office to send them and was delighted at their stamps:
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On the last few evenings of being at the resort, I met the lovely Wati from housekeeping. She is such a lovely lady, who would help with anything at all. She would come in my room for a good chat and she even gave my family a homemade present from her, which was so lovely of her! (I will try to get a photo of the ‘Wooden Leaf, Bird Wind Chime’  that she made, it’s beautiful).
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o that was my visit to Fiji! It was lovely to just sit and chill out in a hammock and completely destress, as I got pretty stressed in New Zealand as I started to run out of my New Zealand budget – but I had such a great time here and would definitely recommend visiting here as they have a lot of activities you can do too, like snorkelling, scuba diving (much cheaper to do courses here, than Australia and NZ). My trip was purely for relaxation this time!

I will be uploading a few little clips from my travels (the ones I didn’t vlog, but had snippets of footage) into one video and I’ll post it on here for you all!
Look out for more of my posts soon! Would you visit Fiji, or have you been?
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LINKS:
Pearl South Pacific Resort: HERE

Wanaka

Wanaka is such a pretty little place, there’s not too much there but it is stunning! The scenery down by the lake is incredible (if I can find a photo, if not I will have to google one to show you how beautiful it was!).

They also have a really cool Cinema called… Paradiso? They have sofa’s and have converted a van into seats which is so cool!
Before we left, Kiwi Experience took us to Puzzle World which was quirky. It was like a Optical Illusion house.. It was filled with illusions, puzzle games and really made you think about some things! They even had a massive room that went uphill, but looked like it was normal, so your balance and orientation was completely messed up! It was great fun!
I’ll put a few photos to show you what I mean!
Not much more to say, I apologise if I’m bad at re-capping on these places recently! I find it so hard to remember things, so I’m trying to push out as much as possible!
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Milford Sound

Oh my, Milford Sound is one of the most beautiful places in the world! I absolutely adored it here, even just being on the bus, it was gorgeous outside! The weather wasn’t great on the way down, but that did not matter at all. It’s New Zealand, everything is beautiful!DSC03828
(This is from the Lake Of Reflections – which didn’t really reflect due to the weather).
On the way to Milford Sound, we stopped at a service station that had Alpacas and we were allowed to feed them. As I am a complete animal lover, I was in my element and was a huge highlight of the journey, too! Although, they do like to spit on you, which I experienced a few times..
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Luckily, when we got to the dock to go on a small cruise through Milford Sound, the weather perked up a lot and was so sunny!

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Also, another highlight of Milford Sound was the fact that a Welsh man discovered it and named it Milford Sound after his hometown in Wales, Milford Haven (which is a bit of a dump). But still, those proud Welsh feels came out!

Here, is also where they filmed scenes from Wolverine, where he jumps off a waterfall – TRUE STORY, THAT!

Anyway, I think the photos speak for themselves!
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Wellington

Oh, Wellington.. This place reminds me of being back home, it has a dock, a city, it can be nice and peaceful walking around but also has some civilisation which I like having the option! (As I found that Queenstown was so nice, but it was always busy with backpackers everywhere!).
I was initially going to stay in Wellington for another 2 months to get a job, but then I thought that it was a bit pointless by the time I actually GET a job. I wouldn’t end up earning much, so I have left back to Auckland, ready to move onto Fiji and LA.
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Anyway, back onto Wellington..
I spent most of my time here in Starbucks, chilling out, looking for jobs and trying not to spend any more money! But they have a great range of free things to do, like the Te Papa Museum which is so incredible – especially the Gallipoli Exhibition by Weta Workshop! The exhibition was mindblowingly, great!
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Not to forget the fact that Wellington has it’s own Welsh Bar, I know, that’s right.. A Welsh Bar.
I have never seen one (apart from in Wales, of course..) but never in a different country, it’s always Irish. So I was pretty amazed, there also seemed to be a lot of Welsh people living around that area, as I would see a lot of Welsh flags outside houses..

Wellington also is the home of the All Blacks, at the Westpac Stadium! This is where I went to Comic-Con which was really cheap compared to others, but also not too big, not too small! Great fun for a day out!
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LINKS:
Te Papa Museum
Westpac Stadium

Huka Falls

We made a very quick stop to Huka Falls, on the way to Taupo. It was such a pretty stop, we were literally here for 5/10 minutes but the views were beautiful. The actual falls are claimed to be the fastest widening falls, as it starts off very narrow and within a metre or two, it has expanded and opens up completely!

Yet again, the water is VERY blue here too, and it even started to snow whilst we were here! (I’m not too surprised though as it was -1 degrees at the time!).
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WHERE AM I NOW? WHAT AM I DOING?

Well, I am currently in Auckland at the moment, I’m not too sure if I explained this in a previous post but I am waiting for my flight to Fiji.
Basically, I thought that I was going to stay in New Zealand for 3 months and find a job, but by the time that I went travelling around, I would only have just under 2 months left. I thought to myself that by the time I find a job (2 weeks minimum), it probably wouldn’t be worth it just for the 3-4 weeks as I’ve probably spent the same amount whilst looking for a job. Does any of this make sense?

Anyway, I decided that I would leave New Zealand asap, as it’s just the sensible thing to do. I have had SUCH AN AMAZING TIME in New Zealand, it has been so incredible here. But I think that it is just the right thing to do, leave here before I end up spending money when I could be spending my money on other activities that I haven’t done like Disneyland and Las Vegas when I get to America.

So, I contacted STA Travel to change my flights via the online form (Surprise surprise, they didn’t respond to me as usual..) so my dad rang them up and asked them. We had a really helpful guy (shock horror!) that tried to get flights ASAP for me, but sadly they were really struggling to get flights from Nadi to Los Angeles. So I was and have been just waiting around until I manage to get flight confirmations, which is sort of defeating the point of the reason why I want to leave. But long behold! I have my flights confirmed and I will be leaving for Fiji in just under a week, so I am excited to move on and spend my money wisely on new things, instead of hanging around and spending on hostels, food and Starbucks.

I am really sad to be ending my travels a lot sooner than expected and I absolutely loved it here, but it’s so expensive to travel and I just can’t afford to carry on like it. Also, the amount of stress and anxiety I have had recently really needs to come down! I have been feeling like my brain is going to explode from so many thoughts, for no reason at all!

So, I’m excited and a little bit sad too. But I have to move on and carry on enjoying myself for the time being!

I will be getting wifi in Fiji at my hotel, hopefully. I’m not too sure if it’s fast, but I will do my very best to try write up some posts before I go, so I can just schedule them or actually quickly post them when I’m in Fiji. I am going to be using the time to really relax and chill out, but I will also be my usual self, saying I’m going to relax but end up trying to be productive at the same time, too!

Don’t lost hope on the blog posts, they will still be coming! And expect quite a lot of Book Reviews too, I have been doing more catching up recently!
I’ll speak to you all soon!
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