Wellington 🍭NZ📍Anthropology 🌍 & International Relations 📚Just My Visual Diary/🌞🌻✨Living La Vida Loca in Mexico 🇲🇽💃🏼🌮 Doesn't speak much Spanish
♡ 73 ✍ 1
Feliz Cumpleaños guapa 💛 Miss Cuba street hangs with you, hilltop-juice adventures (juice that took like two hours to attain hahaa) and the best banana-bread dates from last year, coupled with many long chats (and giggles) about life. 💖You are fabulous Tez. ✨Que tengas el día más bonito chica!🎈#35mm #film #happybirthday #ahun #21
♡ 71 ✍ 0
And here are some film snaps of this beauty @yarnswithlans 💕Ft. last summer in your backyard up north (aka paradise), and the last snap we took together in Welly! (Gracias @therandom stranger who took this at Lyall Bay 😍) Thank you for being such a kind, compassionate, empathetic, open hearted and open minded, sunny and loving best friend of mine. 🌞✨You are also intelligent, funny, driven and talented and are a fellow fish who can't live without the ocean, which frankly I appreciate. 🌊🐟 I love you❣️ #appreciationpost #35mm #bestfrands #love
♡ 47 ✍ 0
Happy (slightly belated) birthday to one of my favourite humans on this earth 🌏💕 Here is basically a very select compilation of some of the one million memorable moments with you @yarnswithlans over the past three years... it feels like I've known you for a lifetime though my soul SIS❣️👯🌻💕From 99 dress ups, and probably hundreds of way too late nights spent talking with you in one of our beds and laughing until our abs literally hurt, to last minute essay stress laughed away with you, to a few stolen Dakota hats (see picture Lel) to getting our, or your? nose pierced together, to that time you let me cut like half your hair off?! 😂 to HSM flat parties and more dress ups (Ghuznee did have the best flat parties 😏) to a million adventures with you and the gang climbing mountains for fun and exploring islands midweek and watching the sunrise/set on beaches and making each other swim all year around in Wellington even in the middle of winter, or after town, or a random night just because the ocean is Bae right? 😉😘❤️ I LOVE YOU, and I wish I could have been home this weekend to celebrate your 21st mi amor❣️ I hope you had a day/night as beautiful as you Lans❣️I miss you, and our chats about everything under the sun 🌞 and our adventures and road trips 🚗 and swims 🐠laughs and jams! 🎶 Te amo mucho. ❤️❤️❤️ #frands #appreciationpost #loveher #happybirthday #felizcumpleaños #memorylane
♡ 114 ✍ 7
"I over think.
I over love.
I over feel.
I am the sea
or I am nothing." ❤️
A while ago; @anamock 📷
♡ 116 ✍ 4
Hola bonito. (Who knew one sombrero could bring endless joy to our casa :') ) #mexico #me #bigmood #livingmybestlife #livinlavidaloca
♡ 73 ✍ 0
The Feliz Cumpleaños Continued: When I met you, my first year of university got a whole better, CraZier, and involved a tonne more very-committed costumes. Thanks for being my absolute All or Nothing partner in crime @cooldaywithesme 💓here are just a few snaps (that were extremely hard to select from what seems like a freaking lifetime of photos, mostly dress up snaps! HA) of us being our generally weird selves: who else can you campaign for refugees with, go on romantic strolls and road trips with, as well as hippy festivals, talk about life all night under the moon on a random rock by the ocean with, eat porridge in a bath with, share drunk pasta with on many an occasion, "study" all day with, make rap videos with just for fun, and literally dress up as everything from hipsters, cowgirls, 90s kids, boys, rappers, the Irwin family, and let us not forget that one time we dressed up as Young Nats for Halloween... to name a few of a whole lot of great times. (Though I swear every second photo is us cross dressing as guys, seriously 😂) Everything that we did or organised in first year escalated, (Tower of Power challenge??) and that pretty much sums up our friendship: an escalation of crazy energy and ideas and general excitement, wrapped in a whole lotta love haha. ❤️And then you have always been and are my rock dude, so thank you for the eternal support through not only the ups and the best of times (and man have there been some grand grand times) but also through the not-so-great ones, (the Shingle semester *cough) and for always cheering me up when I got stressed about assignments, and making literally EVERYTHING into an adventure: even a simple supermarket trip to buy crostinis, pasta and Scrumpy. 😉Looking back at these photos was a very nostalgic trip down memory lane and I realised how many hilarious stories we have to tell the grandkids when we're old and sitting on rocking chairs together. 😜 The best of this lot is definitely the last 2k16 flat selfie though, What a mood. 😂 Todo mi amor ❤️ I am genuinely excited for much more nonsense and shenanigans with you, and to see you change the world! 🌎 #loveletters #inlovewithmyfriends #happybirthday 🎈
♡ 51 ✍ 0
FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS A MI AMOR on the other side of the world❣️Happy Mexican 21st birthday @cooldaywithesme - I really wish teleportation was a thing already because I would 💯 % be there with bells on right now to celebrate with you, and this weekend❣️Gracias for being my best friend, soul mate, pasta-bowl and bed-sharer, study-buddy, flatmate, advice-giver, listener, road trip-sharer, and general half of my brain since almost day one of uni. The past epic few years wouldn't have been the same without you, your dad jokes, and our low key co-dependency and absolutely hilarious shenanigans together: from the 93837 from first year, second year, and the first half of 2017. 💕 I love your passion, energy, warmth, determination, sense of justice, ethics, intelligence, idealism and compassion, just to name a few of your amazing traits! I also love how you are just as in love with life as I am Es❣️Te extraño - I can't wait for the reunion, and all future road trips, hikes, talks on top of rocks, adventures, shared inspiration, fiestas and silly dress ups in store with you my soul sista. I hope you had a day as beautiful as you. ❤️ Te amo❣️
PS - you are an absolute meme of a human being and the last photo montage is still your best ever modelling work, probably ever. 😭 @speedie_jojo 💓#35mm #love #happybirthday
♡ 79 ✍ 7
It's the colours you have.
No need to be sad.
It really ain't that bad.
It's the colour you have.
No need to be sad.
You've still got your hand.
@grouplove 🎶 ❤️💛💚💙💜 #wecallitlife #colours #coloursofmexico #colores #shadowplay #shadows #colorido #mexico #shadows #aesthetic
♡ 118 ✍ 13
Gratitude Diaries: 7 ✨
Estoy muy feliz y agradecida 🌞 to be a recipient of the Prime Ministers Scholarship to Latin America again... MUCHAS gracias a @studyinnewzealand / the NZ government! (Shoutout to Jacinda❣️) So after falling in love with this country and after mucho life admin I have/am extended(ing) my stay here in Mexico for another semester - so I guess I'll be seeing you in July now NZ, family and friends! 🤗 (Who needs to graduate?! 🎓) haha 🙃 Ojalá que pueda hablar español entonces ! 🇲🇽 #35mm #enz #mexico
♡ 82 ✍ 6
2017 🌟// Gratitude Diaries: 6 ✨#35mm edition
Thank you for teaching me again, or reminding me to live boldly, and love enormously. Thank you for reminding me of my determination and desire to chase my dreams and goals and thank you for seeing so many of those through. ✨
2017 marked my last semester at Victoria university, where I have spent years studying and grinding towards completing my bachelors degree. Wellington had become my home and the people there: my family. In the first semester I worked hard, tried to recall my discipline learnt in my youth (thank you Mum for making me swim for hours even when I didn't want to go to training for all of those years) and received some of my best grades yet, worked part time, trained for and completed my first half marathon, organised and applied for an exchange, grants and scholarships, and worked towards completing a Leadership Programme at my university.
And I got to Mexico, which was perhaps my biggest goal of 2017. Hey I'm not fluent in Spanish yet (a goal for 2018!) but I sure have lived every second here in Mexico to its fullest, and appreciated every single day that I get to be here, living and experiencing such a beautiful and diverse country and culture in this gorgeous corner of the world! Mexico has taught me so much... but more on this later ... ❤️ But the thing is; those were just some of my tangible goals, and the people that I met and spent last year with are most important and mentionable. I am so grateful to have met so many amazing people and new friends in the beginning of the year, and the theme of new connections lasted throughout 2017.
I met and formed friendships with people it seemed in 24 or 48 hours after last New Years, and then more amazing and like-minded people who I somehow hadn't met before seemed to emerge all semester, for the first half of 2017... and this continued in Mexico! It has reinforced the old cliche that your vibes definitely attract your tribe, and there is no one else to be but unapologetically you.
I think perhaps the greatest lesson of 2017 for me personally though was to live and love fearlessly. (cont in comments if at all interested in this novella of my year) 😂
♡ 76 ✍ 2
Gratitude Diaries Cont: 5 ✨
(And going into the New Year)
Amigos y amigas on film❣️(disposables and other) 📷🎞
Gracias a estos chicos y chicas para el mejor semestre aquí en México, nunca voy a olvidado lo! Gracias por demasiadas noches locas, como se ven aquí.... ....
Here a just a few moments snapped on film of some of my favourite nights spent with some of my favourite people in Mexico (notably missing a few!) ....
Los amos todo, gracias por los cinco meses pasado! ❤️ 2017 has been AMAZING and Mexico and the second half of this incredible year would not have been the same without the people in it! 💕(It sounds cheesy but it's true, home is where your people are!) .... ❤️💛💚💙💜 #internationallove #kidsonfilm 🎞 #loveem #35mm - NB: we also did do more than drink this semester 😭
♡ 56 ✍ 3
Gratitude Diaries: 4 ✨
The Flatties on film❣️ ....
So @jannickbeck managed to get one of us all smiling on film... but film photo number two = me describing how to focus the camera (this is classic) and evidently @monicamock explaining that she was not ✋🏽 ready for the photo por favor. 😂 ....
I am so grateful for these fab flatmates, the iconic Mock-Chang sisters, who have also become my Mexican sisters from another Mister during these past five months! They welcomed me with wide arms and warm hearts, patiently translated the most basic of Spanish words and phrases for me when this kiwi gal arrived knowing literally NADA, and have both taught me so much whilst living here in Mexico! 🇲🇽 Los amo❣️
I am also grateful for the chance to celebrate Ana's graduation 🎓 a few weeks ago... It was quite the fiesta, Mexico doesn't do things in halves, that's for sure! (I felt like it was enough of a party to celebrate mine too, and the graduations I was missing at home) 😂 Congratulations to my gal Ana for finishing a four and a half year bachelors; I can't wait to see your first film! 🎥😉 ....
So here are some late snaps from the graduation party also - how amazing does @anamock look❣️I live with babes. (When you're too tall for the group photos though and cast a shadow over Ana - sorry gal 😭) NB: last photo is not serious @monicamock ❤️#Losamo ❣️#latephotos #appreciationpost #35mm
♡ 84 ✍ 6
Gratitude Diaries: 3 ✨Ending the semester with a week long fiesta of goodbye gatherings a month back... ❤️💛💚💙💜
It was a semana loca of absolutely no sleep, 99 lunch dates, mucho tequila and final assessments mixed with the best (and saddest) of times... goodbyes suck. :'(
But I am soo grateful for having had the chance to meet and hang out with all of these cool chicas and chicos this last semester - who have all added a lot of fun, different and fabulous flavours to my time here in Mexico... los extrañaré a todos❣️
Can't wait for the reunion, Europe in a few years, NZ, or Australia? 🇳🇿🇦🇺🇫🇮🇸🇪🇩🇰🇩🇪🇲🇽🇨🇦 Los amo❣️(The first film photo inspired this post, but swipe through for the digital Fuji archives I'm slowly siftin) 📷 #35mm #amigos #appreciationpost
♡ 78 ✍ 7
Gratitude Diaries: 2 ✨
Getting a degree in being extra with this one, 🎓 minoring in gymnastics 😭 .... (three photos now aren't loadin but u get the sentiment) ....
So I got my film developed finally and I have just begun slowlyyy making my way through a lot of photos documenting a rather loco last few months... it's now 2am and this is going to take weeks! 😭 But this photo and my love for this girl inspired another appreciation post for someone who I am extremely grateful for! ✨
Swipe across for the digital out-takes/ Mon and I being our usual silly selves in public, what's new. 💁🏽💁🏼 This was a few fun weeks ago... exploring the pretty Historical Centre of Zapopan, which wasn't even far from our doorstep, yet I didn't know that this place was so pretty, or close, all semester! ...
Grateful for this chica for not only being the best flatmate, but for becoming a sister and a best friend in only a few months❣️There is no one else who I would rather dance around the house with on the daily, and scream every song that we know together in the car, take extra photos with and laugh until we are snorting about literally nothing! 😭Thanks for being as weird as me and so freaking fabulous, and for being the best gal Frand a sis could ask for❣️I'll be ya cheerleader any day. ❤️#teamo #sisterfromanothermister 🇲🇽 #love #appreciationpost #casualgymnastics #35mm
♡ 87 ✍ 5
Muy feliz por Navidad 🎄(wearing a poncho, stuffed with guacamole and surrounded by cacti how could you not be?!) 🌵❤️ 🇲🇽 @nadia.tamez 📷 #ilovemexico #feliznavidad
♡ 115 ✍ 7
Gratitude Diaries: 1 ✨
It was a very Merry Mexican Christmas/ Feliz Navidad from this side of the world! 🎄🇲🇽❤️
I have been counting my blessings lately and especially these past few days, and weeks! So I thought I would end this rather extraordinary year with a week of gratitude posts.✨
I am so grateful for/Gracias Nadia for adopting me/ letting me adopt your family as my Mexican familia, and for including me in your fabulous Tamez Navidad celebrations❣️
I am so grateful for the past two days with this familia bonita, filled with a lot of laughs, love, Mexican food, games, and family photo shoots! 😜 I'll be the Tamez Family Photographer again any day❣️Even though I couldn't celebrate Christmas with my own family in NZ, I've never felt more at home away from home. ❤️
Side note - this family played/acted out the funniest secret Santa game and impersonation of each other, that I have possibly ever seen. 😭❤️
Los amo❣️I hope that everyone had a beautiful Christmas, filled with love and family and friends and food! Wherever in the world! 🌎🌍🌏💕💓💘
#adoptedchild #adoptedmexicanfamily #iloveyou ❤️ #mexico #familia #feliznavidad #merrychristmas #grateful #gratitude #gratitudejournal #adventureswithlaura
♡ 64 ✍ 8
A raw, vegano raspberry chocolate cheesecake I whipped up on this side of the globe for Christmas dessert to share with a new family❣️- Some things don't change though. ❤️ Feliz Navidad 🎄from Mexico, amigos y familia❣️From Christmas Eve aquí to your Christmas Day New Zealand! 🇲🇽 🇳🇿❤️ #loveyou #ilovemexico #adventureswithlaura
♡ 82 ✍ 8
Lengthy Life Update (with photos): So I am the girl with thousands of digital photos, and probably hundreds that have just been developed on film, who hasn't had the time or chance yet to sort through anyyy of em; buuut this gram is going to be spammed when I do 😅 (because Mexico is the most photogenic country❣️) It's been a bizi past few weeks since uni finished of muchO life admin and organisation (exciting things to come for 2018 thoughhhh 💭☺️✨) mixed with some very cool catch ups with some very cool local Amigos and Amigas, (who have shown me more of Guadalajara in a few weeks than I had had the chance to explore and see within four busy months of living and studying here), some rest, some yoga, (attempting to recharge from a sleep-deprived but fantastic semester 😅) more goodbyes (sad face)... and a few pretty cool and spontaneous adventures like this other day... Amongst running errands downtown, it was the best kind of Monday, and day in general: entailing at least 10kms of walking and wandering between places in the huge downtown of Guadalajara (that I am still figuring out!), frequently stumbling upon cool little lanes of street art by accident, accidentally discovering more cool hand-craft and foodie markets in this cittyy, (and the best vegan burger + Hot chocolate of my life), meeting a very interesting Italian guy who lives and travels all around Mexico making analogue prints on glass using a historical photographic technique with Collodion and glass, (who insisted that I let him take my portrait when I wanted to buy one of his other prints 😅) and finally finding the first vintage store that I've seen in Guadalajara by utter accident, on my way to the coolest little tea house... 💕
Ft. two cheeky little niños who asked for their picture to be taken when I was photographing the Cathedral. ☺️ Also I evidently sort of like street art. 💓
In conclusion to this lengthy ramble: Guadalajara, you seem to get cooler by the day. 😎
A Photo Journal. 📷 // Life update 🌞✨//Instagram spam to make up for my neglect of posting any of my photos of the past month 🙈 #me #livinlavidaloca #guadalajara #mexico 🇲🇽 #whataday #streetsofmexico #adventureswithlaura
♡ 112 ✍ 6
Para... para... Paradise ✨Where the mountains kiss the ocean and the cacti stand watching...🌵Recipe for euphoria or at least a huge smile = Get outside, go to the beach, kiss the sea, sleep in your car, get up early to dance at sunrise on the beach after stargazing all night with a best friend, road trip to new places, climb mountains, drink in the views!- swim, admire plants and nature and marvel at this god damn beautiful world and the wonder of being alive and getting to experience this gorgeous planet as such sentient beings! 🌍💕✨ This is how I feel when I am in nature and experience these views, and this is my memory of this day, and moment... now a memory captured by these photos. 📷 This captain just wrote itself, because this day was spectacular. @fayeilsley_ 💓 #iloveyoumexico #heaven #paradiseonearth #bajacalifornia 🇲🇽 #adventureswithlaura
♡ 91 ✍ 3
(Seeing the world through) Rose coloured glasses 🌹🌹#mexico #perspective #adventureswithlaura