Published: June 9th 2008June 9th 2008
Laura and Friends
I did not choose this image because it is appealing to the eye and will result in higher views...honest.
Featured: Laura,?,Emily and May Lee
Well here we are. I have been away for nearly a year and thought it was time I tried to record what I have been upto. I could of easily done this in word or even hand written! But as a wanton self publicist I thought I would blog it to y'all
So as mentioned earlier I have been here for nearly a year. I arrived on June 28th and will be leaving in 4 days june 13th. Below I will try and list in an interesting way what I have done, not done etc...
But before we get started I require you to agree to the following:
- If what is mentioned gives you a more positive impression of me it is TRUE
- If what is mentioned gives you a negative impression of me it is FALSE.
- So remember Good is True, Bad is False, True is Good, False is Bad.
- I will be writing in New Zealand English, they spell and use grammar in different ways to you. So pedants and grammar police please be so kind as to resist the urge to point the differences out I suggest some yogurt knitting as relaxation technique for you.
- I am also writing this for me, so some bits of it will probably bore you to tears (see the home section) please skip.
- I would also like you to bear in mind, I am too lazy to write more than one of these ( I am probably too lazy to write 1) that I am tying to appeal to everyone from my Gran to Not Right Neil.
Now you have all agreed lets get this started.
I live in Epsom, Auckland about a 10 minute drive to the centre of Auckland and a 25 minute walk to work. It is a huge old house which i suppose is a Bungalow (one level) unlike any bungalow I have seen before in England however. It backs on to some playing fields and has quite a big garden.
It also has a barbecue outside which was utilised many times throughout the summer, unfortunatetly no shrimps were ever thrown on it. The house is an old family home and the eldest son (Sam) lives there due to this it means we don't have a bastard of a landlord which is always a bonus.
There is a good vibe throughout the place. There are currently 5 of us living there. Me, Laura, May Lee, Sam and Kat.
Has all been pretty laid back, had a couple of decent parties including a 'themed' (I know I know) party it was cops and robbers. I was a robber. Below is a picture of Laura and Clare from my work in uniform
So far so good when it comes to this aspect I don't want to jinx it but with 2 days left i'm still here and haven't been given a P45! I've really enjoyed working for TCC.
Is a real cool place to work, you're allowed to just get on with it. My colleagues are really nice and friendly they helped me to settle in quickly.
Two particular things stand out, Clare(copper in picture above) and Patrick taking us Skiing on Mount Ruapehu had an awesome time. They hardly knew me and didn't know Laura but took us.
The other is Jane having us round for dinner lots was so nice to eat decent grub and be in a nice 'home' compared to what Laura and I eat. Not that we're bad cooks but there has always seemed better things to spend our cash on.
People have been so good to me is impossible to list it all but cheers for it all so much appreciated. It is weird working in a place where everyone is so cool.
Has also been fun taking the piss as New Zealand constantly fail at Rugby and get smashed by England at cricket. (Had to put the last bit in, don't want you thinking I actually like you, Ha Ha)
[Serious mode] Feel like I have actually learnt quite a lot being here, has been good having employment like this where I have projects which last can last for a number of months. I defitnely feel more equipped for business now than when I left [/serious mode]
I've also done a load of travelling going to the different cities where the conferences are. Have been to Wellington, Chrsitchurch, Napier etc. This is a definate bonus (we have to work hard when were there) get put up in decent hotels, have a few quality meals normally always steak.
Had a few great nights out especially in Wellington and Rotorua.
So once Laura arrived over here in September we have tried to see as much of New Zealand as possible, aiming to do something every weekend.
We pretty much stuck to this as well. We have also been lucky enough to have been visited by heaps of people. My mum and dad, Mark, Laura's dad, Richard, Rebecca Danny, Marie (pidge) fenton, Nicky and Mike have all visited us.
[h2left] Dunedin, The Otago Peninsula and The Catlins
This has probably got to be my favourite trip during my time in NZ. We flew down to Dunedin on a Friday morning and picked up a car from the airport.
We stayed the first night in Dunedin centre in a cool backpackers. We had padlocked the bags and when I went to unload my bag in the backpackers I realised I had left they key in Auckland.
I managed to get into the bag in the end after shouting bastard about 50 times. Much to the amusement of Laura and the other guests.