Sonobe

In Sonobe, a tiny town 50 minutes from Kyoto by train. Staying with Fiona and Pia in their little (though large by Japanese standards) comfy apartment, worrying that I could crash through a wall at any moment – classic gaijin smash. Being blown away by the richly coloured autumn foliage, and again when we awoke one day to a blanket of white covering the town. I’m so pleased I had this place as a base to explore Kyoto and other cities from, and with such super hospitality. Thanks, friends!

 



2013

I certainly admire all the bloggers who have their 2012 roundups posted directly before the year ends, and then their resolutions, hopes or intentions for the new year on the first couple of days into it. But we all know I’ll never be one of them! Even if I were a prepared superblogger, with my big trip (which I’m still on btw, it’s fantastic) beginning at the end of November I didn’t really have much time to just sit and reflect until the last week or so.

2012 was pretty awesome. I completed couch-2-5k, something I never thought I’d be able to do, and I got to Europe, a goal which has been a very very long time coming. I went to beautiful weddings in Nelson and the Bay of Plenty, and helped photograph one of them. I travelled overseas with a friend, and on my own, both for the first time. I helped style a cookbook, went to a sleepover at the zoo, and had the best birthday party of my life. I decided I didn’t care whether I was too old or not, and dyed my hair pink. I danced often, and embarrassingly hard. I had a really great year. I feel very lucky and grateful for the good things and people I have in my life.

This year I want to work harder, make more, be proud of what I’m doing with my life, and I want a cat. *nods emphatically*

I had one of my first quiet New Years Eves. Jason and I were in Berlin and were informed repeatedly how crazy people go with fireworks and to stay off the streets at midnight. I’m scared of fireworks at the best of times and had a cold, so we stayed in, watched the Addams Family movie, drank champagne while firecrackers and skyrockets went off consistently from 4pm to about 4am. At midnight it peaked, and we watched from our balcony as Berlin lost it’s shit. It has to be seen (and heard) to be believed!

oh, the places I’ll go

TOKYO

Photo by twenty-seven names

 

KYOTO

Photo by Oh, Sarah-Rose

 

PARIS

Photo by Claire Oldman of Lola is Beauty

 

BERLIN

Photo by Bonjour Johanna

 

KRAKOW

Photo by gravedespair

 

BUDAPEST

Photo by On Dressing Up

 

ATHENS

Photo by On Dressing Up

 

ROME

Photo by Jessica Stanley

 

In just two weeks (!!) I’ll be flying to Japan with my flatmate/sister-wife/COMPANION Kim, visiting dear friends who’ve recently moved there. In about six weeks I’ll be in Paris for Christmas with my husband, heading to Berlin over New Years, then spending the rest of January in Krakow, Budapest, Athens and Rome. There’ll also be day trips to Osaka and Bratislava, and a night or two in Hiroshima and Vienna. Do I sound like I’m bragging? Because I TOTALLY AM. I haven’t been to Europe before and now it is finally my time to shine. So excited and nervous, I feel completely out of practice at traveling. I haven’t been to a non-english-speaking country in four years! Can’t wait for the buildings and the walking and the people watching and museums and history and tiny apartments in foreign lands. Tips are welcome!

Thanks to wonderful bloggers and photographers for the permission to use their pictures in their post, you should check them out.

an Auckland jaunt

I’m recently back from a long weekend in Auckland, hanging with parents and friends, visiting grandparents, drunk skyping with my brother in Perth, shopping at Gorman, and eating a million treats. It was really, really lovely.

The weather was a charmer.

The very first thing I did was go to Little and Friday, where I LOST MY SHIT over how perfect and amazing every detail is.

I hung out with my Grandmas. Nana showed us her and my Grandad’s sixty-year-old engagement annoucement.

I drank wine and was merry with old friends.

After this, I required eggs and hollandaise to fix me.

The night before I left, I joined an enormous queue at Ollie’s for the first time in years. SO IMPORTANT. I caused a sensation in the line when I ordered the outrageous banana split.

As you can see, it’s as big as my (very large) face. Mum and I had about 1/5 of it each, it’s probably still in the freezer.

On my last day we popped back to Little and Friday to try their famous doughnuts. Yes.

And then I came home.

All pictures from my instagram, _pocketwitch.

Spring / Summer Goals

It is imperative that I fit all my Spring/Summer needs into the next six weeks, before I go traveling in the northern hempisphere for two months. I’ll be back for February, but though it’s the hottest month it just doesn’t have the cool summer vibez that January has, ya know?

TO DO

  1. Drink gin and tonics in the sunshine
  2. Eat all the asparagus
  3. Drink berry smoothies
  4. Go walking out at Makara
  5. See the seals at Red Rocks
  6. Barbeque, or picnic
  7. Run along the waterfront
  8. Head to Auckland to visit friends and family (and also Little and Friday)
  9. Have more people over for dinner
  10. Pat lots of cats

I’ve already had a good start on some of these. What’s on your list?