Hello world! Welcome to my humble little corner of the Internet.In the paragraphs that follow, I’m going to share with you a very abridged story of my life to date, and how my experiences have landed me at this blog.

As a rather plain girl from Northern Ireland, my childhood was pretty ideal. I grew up in a two story house with my parents, my little sister and my little brother.

The usual things happened, I went to school, I made friends, I played the violin, I learned I loved to sing, I grew to appreciate literature, I grew to hate sport, and so on and so forth.

In my final year of secondary school, after turning 18, my life was on track. I was going off to uni to study English and then to become a teacher, with the plan of returning back to my hometown and living out my days there.

My school coincidentally has a sister school in Auckland, New Zealand, and each year sends 2 girls and 2 boys to work in this school as Overseas Tutors for one year.

Something about the concept appealed to me, but I was still set in my homing-bird mindset, and the prospect of travelling to the other side of the world terrified me.

That being said, I went to one of the talks explaining the nature of the gap year, and what it would entail. I left the room shaking with excitement. I wanted to go.

Long story short, I got an interview, I got the position, and in July 2015 I boarded a plane. 28 hours later I was here, and I’ve never looked back.

As I write this, I’m 8 months through that year, and have so many stories to tell. The time has gone so quickly and has been so full of laughter and adventure that I want to share with the world.

I know by this point you’re hoping for more details about my trips around the North Island, South Island, Australia and all the other places I’ve visited – but I’m afraid you’ll have to read my full posts for that.

Thank you so much for being here, I hope you find my work useful and inspiring… Encouraging you to go out and see the world.

All my love,



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