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A Weekend Adventure

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this adorable photo of my Brownies (small Girl Guides), and me saying how sad I am to leave them. Over the weekend, our group and a couple of others went on a trip to Somes Island, a sanctuary that’s a 10 minute boat ride away. As a Wellington kid, of course I’d been there before, but it’s a completely different experience going when you’re older with a group of kids. 

There are no boat pictures, because of one girl being absolutely terrified, and another worrying she was going to get seasick. Yes, it was only ten minutes. KIDS. Anyway, the first picture I took was of a heartbreaking memorial for everyone who had died on the island, back when it was a quarantine for English settlers who were hoping to come to New Zealand. Some of these people were just children, and I found it absolutely heartbreaking. 20161204_112452

Then comes a whole heap of learning photos, with the girls gathered around the man giving us a tour, or looking at all the things they found fascinating. It’s actually really interesting watching them learn, as weird as that sounds. We were continously looking for the blue tags, which meant there was a penguin nest nearby, and they were full of questions about all the animals that lived there, like the disgusting wetas. 

The best bit was that we were climbing up a hill, on an island, so we got some gorgeous views. I really do love living so close to the sea, because it’s beautiful, and these views were even better than usual!

And yes, I got made fun of by one of the girls for taking this dramatic picture. 20161204_120838

The thing about a sanctuary is there are animals all over the place. We’re in New Zealand, so no, nothing like a lion wandering around. It’s more this adorable duckling, gross insects, that sort of thing. There were some learning shots about the thing, but I think the things themselves are interesting all on their own!

Then, yes, another ferry trip on the way back. Again, no photos, it’s very stressful trying to keep 15 girls in check! 

Where was the last place you adventured to? Do you want to come adventure with me here?



I was a book blogger for a while, and I now blog about every little thing in life I can think of. Bear with me while I try all these new posts out... I'm a New Zealand teen who gets angry about the world (but not angry enough for tumblr). I like to capture the world through photos and words, and read in all the moments in nz-squadbetween. I have an overwhelming desire to see every corner of the world I possibly can, and hug the people I love in all those corners. I can't do make up to save myself, and you're more likely to find me buying matching stationary than matching clothes. My nerd hobbies include a new found love of the Avengers, reading YA, watching Game of Thrones, How I Met Your Mother, and every vlogger I can find, and being the last person on the music bandwagons. I have big plans for the rest of my life, including university, teaching, travelling, and having an army of puppies. I plan to blog every second of it!

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