All posts tagged: New Zealand

Dry July, it rhymes! // Cosa fai? Dry July!

A Spanish friend of mine once told me: “Australians are always asking you to donate a gold coin”. And it’s true, does this come from altruism or not I don’t know. They also love challenging themselves, each month with a different thing: to loose weight, to raise money for a specific project or charity. And most of the times they do both. An example is the Movember, that most of you will know (read about it here), or as the month of July just ended, the “Dry July”. A month of avoiding booze, as they call it here, or alcohol, a problem in Australia, to support adults with cancer. After living almost 2 years in Australia, I can say that I like these challenges and I find them an intelligent way to both do some good to others, but also to yourself. As you’re challenging you to achieve a goal, strengthen your willpower and improve yourself. And if you don’t feel strong enough, there’s always a way as most people participate in teams. So the …

Hilarious! The Best Air Safety Video Campaign… by Air New Zealand!

Every time you board a plane, just before or while taking off you are asked to pay attention to the safety demonstration of the aircraft. And most of time people would just continue reading what they are reading or paying attention with almost bothered and highly bored. You’ll be amazed instead by the energy, originality of the Air New Zealand safety video. It’s hilarious! Fun, entertaining, making you want watch the whole video and maybe waiting for more! Click on the image below to watch the video: And apparently Air New Zealand has always tried to show things differently and inform its customers on their safety features while entertaining and constantly surprising. Have a look at the Hobbit video for example, click on the image below. Enjoy the video, enjoy New Zealand! Have a great flight and HAERE MAI (Welcome)! Related articles In Flight Safety Video: Air New Zealand Style (rgcruz419.wordpress.com)

Why go to New Zealand? // Perche’ andare in Nuova Zelanda?

New Zealand: if I think of New Zealand, I think of a dreamland or better, a dream destination. A land where you can just loose yourself in the beauties of nature, its colours, its amazing panoramas. This time it’s been a short visit, a long weekend to the South Island, exactly to Queenstown and its surrounding mountains, to accomplish a dream: skiing in New Zealand. This dream had 2 challenges: 1. Reach New Zealand 2. Ski there For #1 I can say it was quite easy, as I now live in Melbourne, Australia. For #2, it has been a little bit more difficult as lately my operated knee was begging for attention. So it required quite a deal of motivation, to start the physio, and more effort, to actually do it. But if I want something, I’ll get it! And that’s why I found myself skiing for a long day on the slopes of Cardrona just after 2 months of quite an intense Physio schedule. Well, the mountains in Cardrona look similar to the Western …

Happy Bday – What did happen in 1 Year of Blogging? // Buon compleanno! Cosa vuol dire scrivere un blog per 1 anno?

September 26th that’s the day I finally decided to start blogging! It’s been an amazing year, during which: I experienced a lot started living in Australia again, in Melbourne for the 1st time, travelled around here & collected new stamps on my passport in Fiji, New Zealand and Thailand (I still have to write about it) met a lot of fantastic people that inspired me, in Melbourne and through Blogging experienced working by myself, in an art gallery, always looking for learning something new and learnt so much about taking photographs with a DSLR, French, reaching a good intermediate level, as my friends Gaelle & Xavier would say learnt a bit of jewellery making and a lot of small things, making bread, some Footy rules, etc… but most of all, as we’re talking about Blogging, I learnt how to blog, although there’s still so much to learn, got a deeper understanding of WordPress & social media communications and started implementing what I learnt, shared my thoughts, feelings, my travel diaries with many people that have …

Queenstown: Ski trip to New Zealand – Useful INFO // Avete mai pensato di sciare in Nuova Zelanda? Queenstown! – INFORMAZIONI UTILI

I wanted to come back and I knew I wanted to do it, but what I did not know was when and that I actually would really come back. What am I talking about? New Zealand! Already when I moved to Melbourne, New Zealand, together with other destinations, was on my bucket list. And the biggest dream was to go skiing there. So let’s say I accomplished my biggest dream about NZ as I just spent a long weekend in Queenstown, in the South Island. I still have to visit probably 60% of the South Island, as I visited the North tip of the South Island and part of the Malborough in 2002, but I know now it’s going to be possible! I advise to book the flight at least 3 months in advance, more if you can, especially for weekends and if your purpose is skiing. Best schedules & average priced Flights run out quickly. We flew in on Friday morning via Christchurch with Virgin Australia / Air New Zealand and arrived in Queenstown …

100th post!

I just wanted to share with you that my post on the upcoming Top ski destinations has been my 100th post! And I reached this number in less than a year and without noticing, enjoying all the way! I think it’s been rewarding to write about my experience in Australia, my travels, my thoughts, recipes and feelings  I guess this is the right spirit to keep on going 🙂 And this the post was just to prepare the audience reading me for an article about skiing in New Zealand and Queenstown. Coming very, very soon! Meanwhile enjoy my 100th post: https://lavaleandherworld.wordpress.com/2013/09/13/chilly-feeling-snowy-today-where-to-go-skiing-before-its-too-crowded-voglia-di-neve-ecco-le-destinazioni-top-prima-che-diventino-troppom-affollate/ ———- // ———- Volevo solamente condividere con voi che il posto che ho scritto settimana scorsa sulle Destinazioni Top di sci in crescita e’ stato il mio 100* post. E sono arrivata a scriverlo senza neanche accorgermene, ma semplicemente godendomi l’esperienza di scrivere di tutte le mie esperienze in Australia e i miei viaggi, ricette, scoperte, pensieri ed emozioni di quasi 1 anno di blog e anche questo traguardo arrivera’ presto. Il mio post …

Chilly & Feeling ‘snowy’ today: Where to go skiing before it’s too crowded! // Voglia di neve? Ecco le destinazioni Top prima che diventino troppo affollate!

Today it really felt a bit colder in Melbourne and I could smell the snowy weather in the air. Supposedly it snowed in Victoria, in Mount Buller for example, and it’s going to snow in Queenstown, New Zealand. Well, yeah, I’d love to ski!!! So on the subject here’s an article that I came across on The Age by ‘Miss Snow it all‘ (I love this name!) which collects some other ski destinations around the globe. They are always in the famous ski countries in Europe, North America, Japan, but it says they are soon to become the new top spots. Some of them you might know, depending on where you live, some others you won’t. Some of them I find hard to believe, probably because I know the place too well or maybe it has just been improved in the last few years and I don’t know…I hope so! Some I totally agree with. And I think that a different place can always look interesting to new eyes, coming from another country or snow …

An Example of The Expat Attitude Put into Practice // Come mettere in pratica lo spirito dell’espatriato

Last week I talked about the Expat attitude and just a couple of days later I had the chance to put it in practice. I received a ‘last minute’, or better I should say a ‘last second’, invitation for a roadtrip to the Great Ocean Road. I didn’t have much time to think about it and despite I had an appointment the next day first thing in the morning and I had to be back the following day by a certain time, I said ‘YES!’ I would just do it, ‘Carpe Diem’, and enjoy this experience in time, with a couple of friends. Actually it could have been one of those jokes: “there were 5 people: 2 Spanish, 1 Italian, 1 Aussie by chance and just for half of the trip and… 1 …whatever…kiwi”. Yes I could call this cool guy ‘kiwi’, time has passed and I didn’t remember if people from New Zealand actually liked to be referred to as kiwis, but yes. And we also have all been reminded that if we want …

What is a ‘Friand’? It is delicious! / Cos’è un ‘friand’? E’ delizioso!

Today I learnt a new word. That’s the advantage of going outside and not sit at home,  you always learn something new! The word is friand, probably a French pastry or the Australian nane for a French pastry or some French name for an Australian pastry just to make it more appealing! 😉 this stimulated my curiosity, also because it is strange to learn about French pastry in Australia, bit in fact, as ‘Wikipedia Docet’ (= Wikipedia teaches), it is well spread in Australia and New Zealand. Here is what ‘Wikipedia’ says: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friand The friand is a small French cake, often mistaken for a pastry. It is popular in Australia and New Zealand.[1] It is usually made with almond flour and egg whites. It typically has additional flavorings such as coconut, chocolate, fruit, and nuts. It is baked in small molds, typically oval or barquette in shape. It appears to be related to the financier, though it differs in being larger and not using brown butter.[2][3] The French word friand, which means dainty or a …

24.12.12: Il menù della vigilia di Natale / Xmas Eve’s Menu

Finalmente le vacanze di Natale. Qualche giorno di ricognizione a Melbourne, sistema la casa, prepara le ultime cose per Natale, scrivi gli ultimi biglietti e compra le ultime prelibatezze o almeno quelle disponibili qua in Australia, contando che avremmo passato Natale con una famiglia australiana e non ci sarebbe stato tanto da cucinare. Un po’ sì pero’, per la vigilia. E allora, visto il poco tempo disponibile, pensiamo a cosa poter cucinare di facile e relativamente veloce, ma che possa risultare anche un po’ altrettanto speciale. Ed ecco il menù della vigilia. ANTIPASTO . Salatini al grana / rosmarino / salamino piccante (1° esperimento e piuttosto ben riuscito) . Tartine con crema di tonno / Prosciutto crudo San Daniele / Salamino piccante che ritorna (il giorno dopo si partiva e non si potevano lasciare avanzi) PRIMO . Risotto alla Milanese e cioè con lo zafferano (per fortuna il tempo ci ha assistito, la sera c’erano circa 18° SECONDO o PRE-DOLCE . Gorgonzola . insalata rucola, spinaci e noci DOLCE . Pandoro (c’eravamo già mangiati 2 …