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Happy New Year!!!

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Happy 2009 from the country that celebrates the New Year first........... New Zealand!!!

As if you didn't know what place I was talking about.

So, I have a new plan for the new year. My friend, Curtis, has decided to postpone his trip to visit me until June. Therefore, I have decided to leave Russell one month earlier than intended (trust me, I'm not AT ALL upset about it) and go and live in Wellington until he arrives. WOO-HOO!!! I am so excited to get to a proper city with movie cinemas, Starbucks, bars, clubs, cafes, bookstores, music stores......... you name it. Three months in a one-horse town is good enough for me. It's only confirmed what I already know about myself. I'm a city girl at heart!!! Not to mention that Wellington is ground zero for 75% of Lord of the Rings production and also the upcoming "Hobbit" film. YAY geekiness!!!

My flat mate, Aki, who also works with me at The Gables has decided to venture with me down to Wellington. We are all booked. We take the bus on Monday, February 2nd down to the middle of the north island and we're gonna stay two nights in the town of Taupo. It's basically just a summer touristy town like the Bay of Islands but with a lake instead of the ocean. After our two nights there we will then take the bus down to Wellington. YAY!!! I've been planning ahead and I've already acquired an interview for a new restaurant that is opening up a week after I get to the city. It's called "Fratelli's" and as you can tell by the name, it's Italian. It's right in the heart of city center. How exciting!!! The guy that I spoke with on the phone sounded very nice and he said that he was actually gonna call me later in the day but I got to him first. At least I know he's keen. I hope I get it, wish me luck!!! Of course, I will be on the lookout for other job opportunities in the area but this is the first one that I've gotten an interview for.

We've finally gotten internet in our flat. About 3 months too late but still better than nothing. I can finally video chat with friends and all that good stuff without paying six dollars an hour for it. Lovely.

For the new year, the girls and I hung out in the garden bar as Bernard got a DJ to play there. We also got half off our drinks so you can't complain about that!!! After the new year hit we headed over to this hotel called "The Duke of Marlborough" where they had a live band playing. That place was nice. We watched some fireworks and got a free pizza from the pizza shop!!! Free food is always nice. Here's a few photos from the night:


Suzanne and Samwise took off on the 12th of January to go to Australia. And from there they are heading on to Asia. How exciting!!! I miss them tons. But they said I am welcome to stay with them if I ever go to England. YAY!!! Love you, girls!!!

I think that is all for now. I will post some photos of our time in Taupo and once I get settled in Wellington I'll post a big blog of how things have gone so far. Cheers!!!


Posted by Squarabara 19:10 Archived in New Zealand Tagged living_abroad

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