All posts filed under: Austrian Friends – Kiwi Mates

Austrian-Bavarian Expat meet-up on a Sydney rooftop terrace

Just before flying to Australia I saw that an old friend of mine also happened to be in Sydney for work. Natalie and me had been sharing desk, lunch break and our bosses’ mood swings while we were both interns at BMW Group, back in 2006. We agreed to meet up close to Circular Quay and it soon turned out that my Austrian friend Maggie would meet some girls for her Sydney farewell that same night. As soon as Natalie and me had caught up on our lives and adventures since BMW – over a very experimental and spicy Mexican dinner – we joined the Austrian girls on the Glenhouse roof top terrace. What a location! Very hidden in the Rocks but once you’ve found it the views over Sydney harbour will take your breath away. But what really kept my breath away for the whole evening was the crazy laughing going. Since all of us live out of our Bavarian or Austrian comfort zones for a while (whether in Sydney, New Zealand, Hong Kong …

Skiing with the best Asian skier I’ve ever seen – and lived with.

Although we’ve been living together for a season now I never managed to go skiing with any of my housemates – so it came as a pleasant surprise when I met my roommate Jo on the slopes during one of my last skiing days. Jo is half Kiwi – half Filipino and is often teased for being half Asian – because she takes pictures of everything, she always does some Asian-style posing when pictures are taken and loves Asian food. But the one thing where she’s not Asian at all are her skiing skills. (Don’t want to be offensive but if you’ve ever taught Asians how to ski you know what I am talking about….)

Meeting old friends for a round of golf

I used my days off for catching up on a lot of things and one of them was meeting friends, such as Daniel. We went to High School together back home in Austria and as it happens we are now both working down here in Wanaka. Daniel coaches at the other ski field so I don’t see him very often but when I do it’s always good fun. This was my first time ever golfing and I am amazed by how much I liked it – good fun actually, something to repeat on future days off.

A long weekend with Rob: Walking, talking and great food

I still owe you guys a report from last weekend here in New Zealand. That’s probably an update most of you are curious about as it involves former boyfriend Rob. And from all the messages and mails I got from you since launching this blog I can assure you that THE most frequently asked question is: How are things with Rob these days? To cut a long story short and disappoint all of you: The love story is over since a while and Rob and me are just good friends now. Even fantastic friends I would say.  Enough words – here’s what we’ve been up to in pictures: We kicked off Saturday with a hike to the Kitekite Falls deep in Piha Valley’s rainforest. Ruby seemed to be stoked to join us, putting on her smiling face.  We then stopped at South Piha to have a look at the waves, an interesting chat to a Surf Coach and a quick snack with views of the beach before heading into our next adventure: the Marawhara Track …

Look who’s here for a visit!

It’s a long weekend here in New Zealand because of Queen’s Birthday on Monday so Rob drove up the coast to spend the weekend here. We had a great day yesterday around Piha Beach, doing a couple of bush walks with Ruby, hanging out at the beach and watching the surf. Evening was great too with a fire in the chimney, a lush dinner à la Roberto full of great veggies such as yams (first time for me) and me falling asleep on the couch while Rob played the guitar. Now we just had brekkie and are off to the polynesian market. Catch you later with new stories from Auckland.

How we met Shane…

I mentioned Shane in an earlier post and it’s about time to properly introduce him: Shane is a genuine Kiwi (that’s how you call a real New Zealander) and lives and works in the outskirts of Auckland. He’s one of those people you simply adore for his openness, friendliness and that particular kind of humor he has – and his hospitality of course. How we met Shane is actually a funny story to be shared: Last year I went on a road trip through New Zealand and soon after my arrival I picked up my Austrian friend Maggie (who I still knew from my studies) from Auckland airport. Knowing there wouldn’t be any good camping spots in downtown Auckland we headed straight to Piha, a lovely beach town on New Zealand’s west coast. We arrived late at night and not seeing anything we followed our ears and parked the van on a giant parking spot where we suspected the ocean. It was only the morning after when we peeked out of the car that we …