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New Zealand Adventures

A place for us to document our New Zealand travels and for you to follow along if you’re interested! We’ll be posting as we’re able, but it will likely depend on the availability of wifi along the way.

Our Cozy New Place!

A peek into our home for the next few months!

     We have officially left our hostel, and are now fully living out of our van! We will definitely miss having so many interesting people around, but it’s a nice change to have our own space, and to be able to make noise because we’re no longer in a room with 10 other people who are sleeping at all hours of the day. Literally someone was always sleeping in our room, it was kind of the worst. But the people were great (shoutout Sam)! Auckland was very fun to explore, but we are definitely ready for the next phase to commence!

     Moving on, we have spent the last couple of days adjusting to life in our van. Let me tell ya, it’s definitely different! I mean, it’s not like we lived in a mansion before, but it’s definitely cozier than our apartment was (and by cozier, I mean smaller and less space)! The only way for us to have alone time now is with headphones, or going outside, but really we haven’t needed alone time. . Yet. . . Really though, it isn’t that bad! Our couch folds out into a full sized bed (by combining three pieces of pretty thick foam), we’ve got a lot of cubbies for storage, an electric water pump for our sink, and a portable toilet! Tbh, not super looking forward to needing to use that with Seth 3 feet away from me (I’m sure he’s not thrilled about that either), but as Gandalf, the Grey would say, “It will be very good for you, and most amusing for me.”  Or, “Send these could beasts into the abyss.” OR, “I’m looking for someone to share in an adventure.” (What a wise wizard, am I right?) You can choose your fav.


     Slightly off topic (actually very on topic I guess), but I am very proud to announce that we have named our glorious van! It is. . .(DRUM ROOOLLLLLLL) “Vandalf, the White” (If you get this, we are still friends, if not. . We can still be friends, but really?. . You should know this.)

          Ughh, I freaking LOVE that name!. . .Anyways, we just wanted to give everyone a quick peek at our van so that you know what our lives will be like for the next while! The internet is getting more and more rare, so posts might be sparse!

In the slide show below are some pictures of our last three campsites, and Vandalf, the White in all his glory. Enjoy!


-Pics and editing of words by Seth

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