Month: June 2016
Our time in New Zealand is almost over. Well, Matt’s already gone ahead of me, actually. He left on Thursday for Australia to meet up with his parents while I stayed behind to finish out our housesit and pick up our hosts from the airport. I leave to join him tomorrow. And you know what? No one/nothing died! Well…with the exception of some delicious turkeys.Read More
We are still on the alpaca farm here in Hawkes Bay and will be until the end of June. As I mentioned in my last post, there is a lot of free time even with our farm responsibilities, so Matt has been working extra and I’ve been focusing on some cooking projects. I finally made a meal with the wild turkey that Matt shot last week!Read More
It’s June already, incredibly, and we have almost five months of traveling under our belts so far. I’ll be taking time out periodically to write a few posts about the “how” of traveling, living and working abroad for a year, since I know at least a couple of you are interested in doing this on some level. Today I’ll be talking about finances. It seems pretty straight-forward, right? You just try to spend less money than you make. However, when you have a moving target of billable hours worked, cost of living in your current country, family visiting on holiday, currency exchange rates, not to mention the constant barrage of awesome vacation-y things you could participate in or delicious things you could eat, it’s a struggle. A daily one, in fact.Read More
*Hey all. I had some problems with our email delivery so I’m re-posting this*
Life on a farm is not as different as I thought it’d be.
See, Matt is so handy and outdoorsy and I’m such a city kid who’d never seen a live chicken until she was in her late 20s, that I pictured something akin to ‘Green Acres’: Matt’s out swinging an axe and chopping firewood, and I’m getting chased around by a hen that I managed to offend.Read More