Last stop: Queenstown

I can’t believe it’s here. The last stop in our trip before heading back to the US. We chose Queenstown in South Island New Zealand for no specific reason. We’ve heard from people we should visit Queenstown, so we did. If you would have asked me a few weeks ago, “why are you going to Queenstown?” I would have answered: “Why not?”. There is no specific reason why this is our last stop either, not that it’s a bad one, we LOVE it here!

We bought our flights via Jetstar, a low-budget airline here in Oceania and South East Asia for $120 round trip from Auckland to Queenstown (and that’s NZD!). Once on the flight, we get the airline magazine and start reading the things to do in South Island New Zealand. There are hot springs, glacier hikes, boat cruises in the fiordland Milford Sound, lakes and lots of hikes. Fiordland you ask, yea, I had no idea what that was either. After visiting Milford Sound, now I can tell you that a fjord (where the name Fiordland comes from) a is a long, narrow inlets with steep sides or cliffs, created in a valley carved by glacial activity. It was amazing. Anyway, I digressed. As you know, we rented a car and decided to drive around 1,000+ km to visit the beauties of South Island in 7 days, ending in Queenstown for 3 days to chill before heading back to the US.

It has been 3 great days.

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I-House in Barcelona

One of the beauties of living at I House is that you get to visit friends around the world. In Barcelona we got to hang out with Amalia, Giorgos, Mario and Swapnil [all I-House alumns]. The funny thing is that even though Swapnil and I lived at the I House in the same year, we never got to really hang out back then. However, Sara and I were fortunate enough to get to stay with him for a whole week and our relationship Swapnil grew. We got to know each other better over San Miguel beers having long conversations until 3 am. The sheer nature of I-House relationship allowed us to open up and be vulnerable with each other and share great stories. Sara and I were really touched by his invitation to his wedding and excited to be going to his wedding in December in Goa! Continue reading “I-House in Barcelona”