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  • Day 376: Au Revoir AshburtonWe slept in until 8 30, and were glad to see the sun was shining and that it was a glorious spring day in Ashburton. After getting washed and dressed, Natalie headed out for one final walk in Ashburton, relishing Posted by NJFriesen in Our Year as Kiwis | Sep 16, 2019
  • Day 375: The Dog Days of New ZealandWe got up with the rest of the household, around 8:30am. The Laings were heading off for the day to ski at one of the many ski fields in the Castle Hill area. We were thus left on our own Posted by NJFriesen in Our Year as Kiwis | Sep 15, 2019
  • Day 374: Hiking through the CloudsWe slept in until 8 30 in our cute cabin in the middle of nowhere. After getting washed and dressed, we were out the door about an hour later. We were glad to see that it wasn’t raining at the Posted by NJFriesen in Our Year as Kiwis | Sep 14, 2019
  • Day 373: Blinded by the RainWe got up rather lazily, around 8:30am. It had been raining fairly heavily overnight, and the wet weather continued. We weren’t exactly sure what we wanted to do today. Originally, we planned to go see the Franz Josef Glacier, but Posted by NJFriesen in Our Year as Kiwis | Sep 14, 2019
  • Day 372: Glacier HeightsWe got up, packed, and were out the door by 8 AM. Today, we had planned to, you guessed it, conquer another hike. This one was called Roberts Point, and it was located near the Franz Josef Glacier. We got Posted by NJFriesen in Our Year as Kiwis | Sep 12, 2019
  • Day 371: Reflecting on the YearWe got up bright and early at 6:30am and quickly got ready for the day. The reason we were both up at this hour was so that we could get out to Lake Matheson while the air was calm. The Posted by NJFriesen in Our Year as Kiwis | Sep 11, 2019
  • Day 370: Haast Highlight Reel We slept in a bit, giving our tired legs a rest. We woke up around 8:30, and managed to be out of our place about an hour later. We had an exciting day of travel ahead of us, going through Posted by NJFriesen in Our Year as Kiwis | Sep 10, 2019
  • Day 369: Muddy BuddiesOnce the upstairs neighbours stopped making noise, we slept fairly well. We got up at 7:30am for a somewhat early start to the day. Today would be our big hike of the week, or at least one of our big Posted by NJFriesen in Our Year as Kiwis | Sep 9, 2019
  • Day 368: Memory LaneNatalie woke up before Jeff, and went on a shorter morning walk in the morning grey. We then both finished our packing, cleaned a few last things, and said good bye to 40 Alford Forest Road. First though, Jeff had Posted by NJFriesen in Our Year as Kiwis | Sep 8, 2019
  • Day 367: Packing Up a YearNatalie got up first today, and decided to go for an early morning run. Jeff slept in until just past 8am and got up, ready to start a fun day of packing and cleaning. However, we first had to struggle Posted by NJFriesen in Our Year as Kiwis | Sep 7, 2019
  • Day 366: 'Till We Meet AgainNatalie woke up and walked her morning route one last time in the drizzle. She tried to remember every step, as she has grown to love this routine every morning, listening to "Stuff You Should Know". We headed off to Posted by NJFriesen in Our Year as Kiwis | Sep 6, 2019
  • Day 365: One Day MoreWell, here it is. Day 365. We've been here in New Zealand doing this blog for a full year. I'm sure you're asking all sorts of questions now, such as "If they've been there for a year, why aren't they Posted by NJFriesen in Our Year as Kiwis | Sep 5, 2019
  • Day 364: Spring ShowersNatalie woke up and went for a walk in drizzling rain, glad that it wasn't too windy out. We headed off to work, with full schedules booked. Thankfully, nothing too complicated came in, and we both finished in fairly good Posted by NJFriesen in Our Year as Kiwis | Sep 4, 2019
  • Day 363: The Countdown BeginsWe got up at our usual work-day times, ready to start our last, ever work week at Three Rivers in New Zealand. Just four more days and then we have a month long adventure! After preparing for the day, we Posted by NJFriesen in Our Year as Kiwis | Sep 3, 2019
  • Day 362: Enjoying Alford ForestWe woke up a bit earlier in order to Facetime Bev and Dale, who were at the cottage. It was great to see their faces (even if slowed due to the Internet connection), and we enjoyed hearing about their recent Posted by NJFriesen in Our Year as Kiwis | Sep 1, 2019
  • Day 361: Sun Sets on EdorasWe enjoyed a nice sleep-in today, only getting up around 8:30am. It feels nice to be done our call shifts in New Zealand. Only one more work week left! Natalie decided to go out for her long run all the Posted by NJFriesen in Our Year as Kiwis | Sep 1, 2019
  • Day 360: Sunny Call DaysNatalie woke up first and went for a walk, with stops at the grocery store to pick up some fresh seafood for dinner, and Eat Cafe for some lunch. She came home around 9:30, and when she came in the Posted by NJFriesen in Our Year as Kiwis | Aug 31, 2019
  • Day 359: Cremation DeliberationWe got up at the typical times for a work day, with Natalie enjoying the sunny weather on her morning walk, and headed out for Three Rivers. The morning wasn’t too busy for either of us, as we each had Posted by NJFriesen in Our Year as Kiwis | Aug 30, 2019
  • Day 358: Shock to the HeartNatalie got up and went for a lovely walk, as the weather was quite warm. No scarf or hat needed! We headed off to work, with Natalie starting on the hot side. There was a fax greeting her there that Posted by NJFriesen in Our Year as Kiwis | Aug 29, 2019
  • Day 357: A Sirius MeetingWe woke up a bit early, or at least Jeff did, because Natalie woke up much earlier at her usual time and went for a walk in the sunny weather. The reason we had to wake up slightly prior to Posted by NJFriesen in Our Year as Kiwis | Aug 28, 2019
  • Day 356: First 356 DaysAgain, thanks for sticking with the blog after posts like yesterday. We truly appreciate your dedication and willingness to follow along our travels despite the oddness that it is sometimes written in. Natalie went for a lovely crisp walk, with the Posted by NJFriesen in Our Year as Kiwis | Aug 27, 2019
  • Day 355: Once Upon a Time in AshburtonHello! Is me, Evie the cat. Me is to be writing the blog today for Nitty and Joof because they is hasing the lazies. I was up all night having lots of fun, chasing the shadow monsters and running around Posted by NJFriesen in Our Year as Kiwis | Aug 26, 2019
  • FlightsLeft Wellington on Saturday, 24th August at 1.30pm - thanks to our chauffeur Sarah, for a stress free departure. With minimal stop over time in both Melbourne and Posted by EMTHOMSON in Let’s go to Tuscany with the Irvine’s | Aug 26, 2019
  • Day 354: Spring SundayWe had a good sleep in after a busy day yesterday. We enjoyed some breakfast with Matt, before he headed off to Christchurch for the day. We realized that the next time we would see him and Madura would be Posted by NJFriesen in Our Year as Kiwis | Aug 25, 2019
  • Day 353: Time to PartyAfter having to endure some cat mischief during the night, we decided to sleep in a bit today. By the time we got up it was close to 9am. For relaxation, Natalie decided to go on a brutal 10 km Posted by NJFriesen in Our Year as Kiwis | Aug 24, 2019
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