Top Ten – things we miss after 1 year abroad

– Crispy, real european bread, because every bread in NZ, no matter if white or black, is wrapped in a plastic bag. – Manner Wafers and Schwedenbomben, as there are no really good alternatives available in NZ. – Cold cuts (NZ doesn’t even have a word for “Aufschnitt”!) … because the stuff that looks like…

 

New Zealand from A to Z

This is a collection of thoughts about different topics that came to our mind in unsorted order. Observations, differences, strange things, problems, personal views, etc. that you probably wouldn’t find in tourist guides. A … as in Abel Tasman: New Zealand’s oldest national park, just next to our doorstep. Granite rocks and sand beaches ranging…

 

Ngarua Caves

We’ve been around for almost a year and never stopped for a tour through the caves. But we did now – not only stop, we drove there on purpose because it’s the last weekend in the Tasman area and we have to close that book. In little more than a week we’ll be back home…

 

New Zealand Birds

Tui, NZ Pidgeon, Fantail … I don’t know which of them I like best. Each has its own characteristic feature: The Tui is famous for his song, the pidgeon for the sturdy stature and mighty wings, the fantail for the curiousity and quick, seemingly chaotic ways. If you come to NZ, be sure to look…

 

A Day’s Thousands of Details

Got up at a quarter to 8, too late for an extendet breakfast, just hurrying together lunchboxes, morning tea bottles, waking the kids, watching them dress and pick some fejoas from the fridge (they’re on season now) and listen to their sleepy munching while drinking a hot cup of Earl Grey. After a quick start…

 

That Toilet Posting

There are many good things here but none of them is of such a great importance as to find a toilet wherever you go. You can’t go too far into the bush or too high up a mountain, the Department of Conservation, which signs up for all the managemet of National Parks, Scenic Reserves, walks…

 

Go, toothfairy, go!

It must be kind of hard to always be 2 years behind (your bigger sister)… Whatever you discover, she’s already done that, which story your Dad tells you, she’s already heard it, she’s taller, stronger, jumps higher and runs faster. There’s no way you can beat her – not even in loosing teeth. But every…

 

Winter in New Zealand

How do you know it’s winter in New Zealand? Obviously because the days are short and it gets completely dark around 5 pm. But there is another thing that tells your clearly that it is winter time: The birds’ singing in the mornings! As soon as you can spot the first traces of sunlight you…

 

Sunday Market

Meet friends, look for treasures, sip a coffee, buy some food … the market has it all and we try to visit as often as we can. Only way to get some european-style sausages, cheese and bread.

 

Our town, Motueka

Kia Ora and welcome to a small town in the north of the South Island. We have been living here almost for one year and even if it seemed to be a very long time then, it was just enough to get to know the community, the place and feel the spirit of the land.…

 
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