Travel back to the 1930s in Napier, New Zealand

For those who don’t know, I first went to New Zealand back in 2018 to do a semester abroad in Dunedin. I’ve done a handful of posts on some of my travels there here. I have even gotten to travel back to NZ two more times since then to visit my boyfriend who is from there 🙂

SO if you’re interested in more NZ content (because honestly I could do so much!) let me know!!!

Check out my last travel post Halstatt – an Austrian gem.

I visited Napier last September and beyond blown away with how much it felt like I was in NZ…. but wasn’t… at the same time…


Napier, New Zealand

Located on the East coast of the North Island in New Zealand, Napier is the ultimate “Art Deco” capital. The mini-city itself was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is about four hours drive North of the NZ capital Wellington.

Art Deco, short for Arts Décoratifs, is characterized by rich colors, bold geometry, and decadent detail work. Having reached the height of its popularity in the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s, the style still brings in glamour, luxury, and order with symmetrical designs in exuberant shapes

Architectural Digest

One thing that always cracked me up about New Zealand (especially the North Island) is sometimes you can’t tell if you’re in Hawaii with palm trees or some distant rain forest filled with ferns. New Zealand trees are so random and unique in the best way.

Like, if I told you that this photo was taken in NZ, at first, would you believe me?

Not that I’m big into trees to begin, as I’m more of a marine biologist kinda person, but I’ve also been debating just buying a book on New Zealand trees. Genuinely there is just something about them that makes me really think HA!


It was incredible how the “Art Deco” architecture filled the streets entirely. It was almost like taking a time machine back 80-90 years.


Napier is also known for their waterfront, or the “Marine Parade”; there’s gorgeous pathways all along the waterfront lined with these deco pillars and of course, with all of the funky trees!

As much as I loved all the architecture (and good coffee), my highlight had to be the National Aquarium of NZ where they highlight their resident little blue penguins with their famous “Naughty & Nice Penguin of the Month”.

Here’s this months! taken from their instagram

Right outside of Napier is an absolutely stunning wine region which I will definitely do a whole post on soon, so keep an eye out!

As always, thanks so much for chosing to read this and check out my blog 🙂

Lots of love,


traveling with anxiety

It took me a very long time to figure out what anxiety was, and if what i was feeling fit that.

I don’t want this to be a sad post, I want this to be helpful for anyone who may feel the same.

Traveling involves a lot of indirect trust and loss of control; there are a multitude of unknowns. We don’t know if our flight will actually be on time and if it will arrive the time it claims it will. We don’t know how long the airport lines will take, or if you have time to eat before boarding. As I prepare to head to the airport tomorrow, anxiety is subconsciously on my mind. A reoccurring theme for me, personally, is time.

main questions

the kinds of questions that are most common when I am anxious

+ what is going to happen if I don’t get there in 5 minutes? will the world end? something explodes?

+ what else could I be doing in that time I’m saving/losing? Is it productive?

+ but what do I gain from rushing around besides saving time?

side effects

physical & emotional results of my questions

+ come off as impatient or pissy, but depending on the anxiety it could be distracting/consuming as well

+ faster breathing & rushed heart beat

+ can be paralyzing; only focusing on what is making me anxious

coping mechanisms

ways that I try to ground myself

+ deep breathing

+ focus on something else (listen to music, watch something, etc.)

+ call/text someone

+ but if that is not possible, then write

+ helps piece thoughts together

+make sense of what is rational vs. irrational

+ self pep talk!

+words, phrases or songs that calm me

+ telling myself to calm down (in a way lightens my feelings and brings humor into it)

question for you: How do you cope with anxiety over things you can’t change?


I leave for the airport TOMORROW! A lot of fresh content is coming your way!!

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All of the support so far has been amazing, so thank you (somehow hit 100 followers??? AHHH)!!

Lots of love,

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