Mellon's Bay


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November 27th 2015
Published: January 6th 2016
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Oli’s family recently moved house, to a little town off the east coast known as Mellons Bay. He now lives a mere 2 minutes (WALKING!) from the beach. This place is absolutely perfect in every way. Lots of bush walks in the area and the sweet smell of the ocean every single day. I’ve been spending lots of time at this house with his family and we’re all having so much fun getting to know each other. They must be getting quite used to me because lately I’ve been included in the casual family banter and teasing which must be a good thing. They’re so kind to me and always extend an invitation for me whenever they’re doing any sort of family activity (even if it just is playing Pictionary in the living room and eating homemade pizzas). When Oli and I aren’t spending our free time taking walks around the area (he lives right beside a reserve!) and swimming in the sea, we are trying our hands at new vegan recipes! Read: I’ve recently made the switch to going full plant based (although been a strict vegetarian for quite a while now and having occasionally vegan days during the week, I’ve decided to cut the crap and make the switch full term and I couldn’t be happier). I am feeling so good! Oli has a pretty bad gluten intolerance so with my vegan diet and his gluten free one, we find it really fun and interesting to make krafty new food that can accommodate both of our diets!

This past weekend, Oli and I attended the Auckland People's Climate March. We are both very passionate about action against climate change so it was very nice spending the day together at this march, standing up for what we strongly believe it. We had our signs painted and we were ready to march and shout!

The weather in Auckland has been pretty unpredictable. Lately, however, its been sunny back to back and I can’t believe I’m seeing this much sun in December. Wow! I could really get used to this southern hemisphere weather. The other day someone asked me how long I’d lived in New Zealand (they were insisting that I seemed so “kiwi”) and I realized that it had been a whole 10 months!! Holy crap! I can’t believe my time in NZ (for now) has almost come to an end. I have loved every minute of it! I’m really going to miss this place.


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