Before I moved here I had little prior knowledge of New Zealand’s culture. I had no idea how people went about their daily lives, what they liked to eat or drink, for example, where they liked to spend their afternoons or weekends, or what cafes or bars were popular. I was just super eager to move here and explore all these things from scratch, and believe me, I am enjoying every second of it. I think moving here is one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life so far.

I’m slowly building a daily routine, and between work and playtime I’m trying to explore my neighborhood, always taking different paths home, sometimes shopping for groceries on the way, because I live relatively close to where I work. The neighbors are all so friendly, they’ve already gotten used to me living there and occasionally asking them questions about which part of New Zealand I should explore next.

I got into the habit of travelling around during the weekends, my main goal being to go to different coastlines and experience their beauty, take a few photos, a few walks, talk to the locals, you know. And as I’m learning about them, I’m also learning about New Zealand music artists and I often combine the two by loading a few albums on my iPod and listening to them while I do my exploring. Did you know that Lorde was from New Zealand? I had no idea!

I was listening to her music when I was at Lake Taupō. If you ever find yourself in New Zealand, you have to go there. The scenery is so evocative and the waters are clear, I promise you, you will not be able to resist its beauty! When I came back home it felt like I was reborn just from experiencing the stillness there.

I often lose track of time on these trips. I usually rely on my phone for time, but given that sometimes I have a long way to drive back home and have to start early, I bought myself a nice watch, a Seiko Sports, to remind me to start packing before it gets late. It sits well on my wrist and doesn’t bother me when I take photos. Pretty much all I need!

Auckland’s North Shore beaches are another must. It’s a little different from Lake Taupō in that it’s less peaceful and more lively, but this is due to the fact that there are a lot of yacht clubs and the surf culture is very developed. There are many surfers and even kayakers. The atmosphere is bubbly and very entertaining.

These beaches are great for swimming, sunbathing, and just soaking up the Auckland air – if you don’t mind the dynamic lifestyle, that is. When I was here I was listening to another New Zealand artist I discovered named Kimbra. She is great and I’ve been really enjoying her music. I’m hoping to discover many more artists that are natives here and visit many more coastlines. As you may have guessed, I want to acquaint myself with the culture inside and out, and I think I’m doing pretty well so far!

Overall, I’m very happy living here. My sleep has been better and my habits have been better. I’m thinking about taking up biking soon, so maybe I’ll start looking at some bikes!

Till next time, kia ora!