New Zealand // 10 Stupid Things I Miss Whilst Travelling

Here is a list of all the stupid things that I miss back home. The other day we were all talking about stuff that we miss and I realised most of us miss foods, there are so many things that NZ have never heard off or just cant get over here. I try not think about the things I miss because its those little things that seem to make me the most home sick, which is really stupid! Why would not having Prawn Cocktail crisps make me home sick?! It also makes you realise how much you like the stuff when you can have it anymore haha! So here my list of 10 silly things that I miss:

My Clothes - I think this is my most ashamedly vain thing I've ever missed. I miss my clothes. I miss opening my wardrobe every morning and being able to pick an outfit out of a gazillion items (yes I own a lot of clothes) and then trying on several things before your happy. I miss being able to be an Emo-goth one day and then a 50's pin up the next and a slob the next day. Traveling sucks for outwards self expression. Its great for finding who you are, and who you supposed to be, and all that hippy dippy stuff. I've learnt things about myself that I would never off if id of stayed home BUT I am not my normal self when it comes to visually expressing my inner crazy. The clothes I brought with me, were for comfort and ease, the clothes I've bought out here are not what I would choose back home. I miss my clothes, mainly my black and white stripy dungarees!

Chocolate - Specifically Cadbury and Galaxy. Cadburys is not the same in NZ (its disgusting!) and Galaxy doesn't even exist! If I'd of know I would do Ripple-less for a year I would of come better prepared. Luckily I have suppliers who send me regular shipment (thanks nan!)

My Toys - I miss my action figures and and my pokémon and my teddies. This is a really stupid one I think but hey, the heart wants what the heart wants. Theres a games store in town and every time I go past all the Funk Pops call out my names and the Adventure Time plushies reach for me to hold them. I must resist. But you can bet your ass when I get home I'm heading straight to Forbidden Planet and I'm just going to buy everything!

Prawn Cocktail Crisps - Yet another of my favourite things that does not exist here! NZ you let me down! For a country that is so into their sea food...how is Prawn Cocktail crisps not a thing?!

Shopping - Oh God I miss shopping! I always new I was a shopaholic but since not being able to do it (although I have been naughty a few times!) I realised how bad I actually am. Its embarrassing, my inability to not buy things is. Luckily, were I live, there is like 2 shops and they're not very good, and also I work all the time so I dont have time go in, so its not that bad, but I went to Auckland the other day and it was torture! I specifically miss Urban Outfitters and Top Shop, although I did find a Top Shop in Auckland, but its expensive in England imagine how much it will be over here...I didn't even go in.

My Nanas Toast - My nan makes the best toast in the whole wide world. I've not been very well the last week or two and I've missed have her make me toast and tea like she does when I'm ill. lovely brown bread drenched in butter......mmmmmm.

Bacon - This is so cliché (I don't ever like bacon all that much) but NZ bacon is shit. Theres no other word. So yeah, I miss bacon!

Dr Pepper - So you can actually get Dr Pepper here but its not that easy to find, and it wasn't until a week or so ago that I found it, so I still miss DrP but its not become as dire a situation and the Prawn Cocktail Crisps has.

My Records - And player....Theres a really awesome music store in town and its torture to walk past. It pretty much sells just vinyl, and I really want to have a good root through all the boxes and shelves but I know Id find some gems and theres no way id be able to get them home without breaking them.

Going the cinema - This is a bit of a silly one, we go the cinema here all the time. Its a really cute little cozy cinema and I love it, its sort of old worldly, like cinemas back in the 90's. I miss home cinema more because of the people I went with. I had a little group of cinema friends who I would go with and then we would spend ages afterwards discussing every single thing in immense detail haha! So basically I miss my friends!


New Zealand // Rotorua :: Redwood Forest

A few weeks ago we visited the Redwoods in Rotorua and it was one of the most amazing things I've done. These trees are absolutely massive and so beautiful! It was so peaceful to walk through these giants. We got to go up in the tree top walk too which was awesome! Im not sure how far it was but it was about a 45min walk way up in the tree tops on a suspended bridge, so cool! We read to that these are only half the size of their cousins in California, so I can only imagine how big they are, they definitely bumped up my to do list. We did the the 2 hour walk through the forest as well, so next time we go I would love to do the longer 8 hour hike through the forest and up the hillside. It was such a beautiful day too, the sun was gorgeous and the air was warm so we didn't have to wrap up too much. It was a perfect day and just what we all needed to clear the cobwebs.


New Zealand // Aratiatia Rapids

Today we went to see the damn open at Aratiatia Rapids and it was awesome! The rivers really low usually an it looks so beautiful with all the rocks and the trees. It was amazing to see the damn open and the river gradually fill up and make the rapids (theres a little video on my Instagram!). This is the place where they filmed the barrel scene in The Hobbit so it was pretty exciting to see it, cause I'm a super nerd! This place is so incredible, everything I see just makes me go WOW!

I am so super behind on posts its insane, so much from the summer I still have to sort through and post about, I'll get round to doing it soon I think. There are just so many photos! We've also set a date for traveling the south island which is so exciting! We're finally getting to see more of this awesome country, instead of staying in one place haha!


Date Night // Strike Zone: Rotorua

The other day me and Hollie went to Rotorua for a date night. Since moving in together we hardly see each other, non of the girls do! We all work shift work and get up late or go to bed early, so its nice to get time off together to do something (this weekend Hayley and me are going to Hamilton for the weekend, so excited!) Back home we used to go bowling all the time and we actually got pretty good,  but we've not been for a good few years, so we though we'd see if we've still got it. We headed to Strike Zone and it turns out Hollie does but I don't. I still had an awesome time and I actually got a stike (woohoo!).

I was more excited for the arcade in the back room! I've never really played on arcade games where you get tokens to swap for prizes, it was so much fun! I won loads of tokens on the basket ball shooting machine, I got two bouncy balls and a sweetie watch! I felt like such a kid, it was awesome. I also found out I'm pretty bad ass at pinball....not so good at shooting Aliens though, definitely going to get a pinball machine for my house when I eventually get one.

We are definitely going to get a huge group of us soon and all go bowling and waste all our money on in the arcade, would be so much fun with a big bunch of us. Its getting super cold here now. The snow is on the mountains and the wind cuts right to the bone. Winter is definitely not coming, it has already arrived!