Our Amazing 2012.

We couldn’t resist a classic “2012 review” post since it has been a pretty special year for us.  Looking back, it seems crazy how many things have happened since the 1st of January.

At the start of the year, between us, we had visited 8 countries.  Now, nearly 12 months later, we have been to 16 countries.

Since New Year’s day, there’s been a series of pretty big changes in our lives and we’ve also been able to tick quite a few things off our 100 Things List along the way.

Apologies for making this blog in to a bit of a list but hey, I’m an Accountant – you should feel lucky you’re not getting this in a spread sheet.


  • On the 1st of January we were waking up in our little flat in Pipitea street with Courtney and Emily (Dayna’s sister(/my future sister-in-law) and her buddy) to hit the road for our last awesome road trip in NZ.
Huka Falls

Huka Falls with Courtney and Emily

Cathedral Cove

Cathedral Cove

  • After coming home from our road trip we then had to pack up all our things to move out to my Mum’s place to save money and enjoy spending time with her while we were still in the same country.
View from Mum's

And our view every morning was a bonus too


  • We gave notice at our jobs in NZ then started the long, excruciating process of selling, packing or throwing away all of our possessions.



  • Finally got me a full driving licence (…a few months after finally getting a restricted driving licence)…better late than never right?  And got busy doing all the things we were going to miss doing in Wellington (like climbing Mt Kau Kau).
Mt Kau Kau

Mt Kau Kau


Matt and his Dad - Caroline Bay

Caroline Bay


Marina Bay Sands – Singapore

Marina Bay at night

Marina Bay at night


Lime juice

Our new favourite drink

At Sky bar

Petronas Towers from Sky Bar – Kuala Lumpur


Trekking in Sapa – Vietnam

Sunset Boat

Halong Bay – Vietnam


Lanterns in Hoi An – Vietnam

Me and Mr Chinh

Easy Rider tour to Marble Mountain

Dayna drinking weasel's poop coffee

Drinking Weasel poop coffee in Dalat – Vietnam

Matt on the Boat

Enjoying the 40 degree celsius heat in the Mekong Delta – Vietnam

48.  Swim in Ha Long Bay

Favourite photo


Biking around Angkor

Biking around Angkor, Siem Reap – Cambodia

Dayna having a moment at Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat – Cambodia

Me at Maya Beach

Maya Beach – Thailand

Walking along the beach

Kata Beach, Phuket – Thailand

12.  See a sunrise over Angkor Wat

Sunrise at Angkor Wat

46.  Go snorkeling in the open water in Thailand

Matt Snorkeling


Boo wearing a suit.

Adjusting to a suit after 2 months of shorts and jandals was rough…



Canada Day in Trafalgar Square



Our new home

Thames and London Eye

Matt pretending to feed a squirrel

One of the best perks of living in London – the Squirrels!

Not a football fan, but tonight was so much fun!

Gold medal match, USA vs Japan

Matt, me, and Jono

Roman Baths in Bath




61.  Take cheesy photos by the leaning tower of Pisa

Holding it up

45.  Eat Gelato in Italy


30.  Go paintballing

Macho (wo)men


Old Roman structure

Reims – France

After we got engaged

Where we got engaged

It's just so shiny!

39.  Drink Champagne in Champagne, France

Mumm tasting


Travelled to Edinburgh for the All Blacks, Ireland (well I did anyway) and then Norway.

All Blacks game

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Enjoying a pint of Guiness

Completing another travel cliche – drinking a Guiness in Dublin

43.  Visit the Arctic

Sunrise @ Malagen Brygger

Sunrise at Malagen Brygger

Our survival suits

Our Artic survival suits

36.  See the Northern Lights



  • Went to Hertfordshire for my Christmas party, went to some concerts (Ben Folds Five and Florence and the Machine) and had an Orphans Christmas (our first one where we were both away from our families at the same time).


That was amazing!

Florence and The Machine


So, 8 new countries visited, 9 things ticked off our 100 Things List, 1 international move, 1 engagement.  Not bad 2012, not bad.  Next year is looking pretty good too but I’ll leave it to Dayna to tell you all about our plans sometime soon…

Happy New Year everyone!