Monday, 11 July 2011

Zorb & Plans for Aus

On Saturday Elle, Liana and I went Zorbing. It was so much fun! Basically you get into a big inflatable ball... and roll down a hill. They put water in ours too so it meant the 3 of us were slipping and sliding all over the place. Very funny!

I think it originated in New Zealand but is spreading throughout the world now. So if you ever get a chance to do it, I recommend it! Can be quite expensive in some places, but it is a lot of fun!

In other news, my plans for Australia are SORTED. Vincent and I leave to go to Sydney on 26th July. We're only staying there 2 nights because the funds are low and it's a very expensive place I hear. Then we head to Brisbane to stay with Vincent's older brother. I'm very excited because I have never met him before but met all the rest of the family. So we stay there until 7th August, which gives us a chance to visit all the attractions in and around the Gold Coast such as Movie World! I'm very excited for the theme parks and also the zoo!

Also looking forward to the weather being a bit more sunny and warmer than here in New Zealand up around the Gold Coast. I don't like winter!

Have any of you ever been to Sydney or Brisbane? Any suggestions as to what we should definitely see and do?

Monday, 4 July 2011

I Believe I Can Fly!

Today was unlike any other day.

Today I jumped out of a plane... 15,000 feet. Thats fifteen thousand feet! Haha, had to reiterate that, I can hardly believe it myself.

It. Was. Amazing.

The best thing I've ever done!!! I was super excited as we got in the plane and when it took off I was just psyched up so much! When it came to the point for me to jump I just thought 'nooo.....' but I knew I wanted to do it and there's no going back anyway because your tandem master (the guide you're attached to) WILL jump!! So we edge to the edge of the plane door, I'm hanging there,legs dangling out of a moving plane at 15,000 feet high thinking 'What am I DOING?!!' and then we fall. It is actually physically breath-taking. I freefalled for 60 whole seconds, and it takes about 20 seconds for it to kick in what is actually happening. You are travelling at 200 kilometres per hour towards the ground! There's another skydiver filming you and taking photos, so it is rather reassuring to see another person jumping below you! He shakes your hand and makes you smile while you're falling! 

The wind resistance causes your face to go all wobbly, you feel like you can't get a breath at first but after those first 10-20 seconds you just start loving it. I didn't want the parachute to open yet, I wanted to fall forever! (Not to the ground,obv! lol.)

It seems like 2 seconds until your parachute opens and you're gliding along, free as a bird over beauutiful views,lake Taupo, Mount Taranaki wayyyy over on the east coast of NZ (Taupo is in the middle!) and you really can see for miles and miles around you. This is a great chance to just take it all in, reflect on what just happened!


That was the just of the conversation when the parachute opened between the tandem master and I haha.

A few awesome little photos follow.... 


As you can see in some I have a massive smile on so I was clearly loving it and it's true. I'd do another one in a minute!!!

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Night Out; Photos; Taupo Tomorrow!

Last night I went out again with Elle. Wow you'd think we never stopped partying! Normally we have a great night every night but last night it was just one of those nights where it is FAR too packed, people are pushing you around..I got drinks spilt on me twice! Grr to bulky boys who can push me and my friends about haha. Here is a picture of the two of us besties. I wore a black lacy dress (ok ok, it's Elle's but I love it!) and Elle went with a cool nautical look with a nautical ring as well!

Vincent came later that night after he'd finished work at the bar he works at.

The main reason for this post is just to show you some pictures I think are pretty cool. I regularly go onto the website we heart it and save pictures that catch my eye, so I did not create any of the below images, although I wish I did!

This is so true of life. So often when something goes wrong or against our plans we feel like it's the end of the world and we just wanna give up, especially when we're young. But from experience I know this, I had this life plan where I'd start medicine at uni September 2010, but when I didn't get in (it's extremely competitive) I was forced to either take a gap year, or chose another course. I wanted desperately to go to uni, but more so to do medicine. So I reluctantly chose to take a gap year. All my friends were going to uni and I had to begin the application process again.
Long story short, I have an unconditional offer for medicine in Glasgow in September 2011, and I am currently in New Zealand. How awesome? So now that I've seen 'the dark' I can certainly see 'the stars'. Life has a plan again. And I'm looking forward to it!

 I think these are beautiful! I really want to try this / have someone do it for me!

I love this. There's so much fakery in the world so it's always good to have a good head on you, to keep grounded, and recognise when people aren't being their true selves. That's the only person we should be!

This one speaks for itself. Everyone has regrets.
But if we look to the first picture, sometimes regrets lead to darkness but without that we might not appreciate what comes along next!

I'm ambitious, I don't give up. I'm a day dreamer with a strange as imagination! But hey, Albert Einstein was the one who said "Imagination is more important than knowledge..." and I think I'll agree with him on this one!

In other exciting news, I am going to Taupo tomorrow for two nights where I'm going SKYDIVING for my birthday with Vincent (Skydiving totally deserves capital letters....eeeek!)

Not gonna lie, I'm scared! But I'm gonna do it. So hey guys if you see a post later this week, I made it! And I'll post photos up ASAP.

Hope you enjoyed your weekend....x