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Yesterday morning bright and early we took J&J to the airport and we don’t know when we’ll see them again. Maybe next month in Australia, maybe in a few years… We miss them already.

But this morning E & M got back from their trip to E’s native Chile… We have already planned a night together this weekend, and I can’t wait for a catch-up and photos and videos and stories! 🙂

So now I’m trying to write something profound about people leaving and returning… not quite getting there tonight. I’m just glad we get to meet so many fantastic people on our way. And do not fret, at some stage we will reclaim nights on floors, in another country. We’re not done with our travels just yet!

Last weekend we had our friends Johanna & Julien over for a few days. They’ve been travelling around NZ for almost eaxctly one year and is coming to an end of their one-year working holiday visas. They stayed with us to start off with but have now been to every little piece of Aotearoa and have seen more (geographically at least) that I have in the two years of living here.

It was lovely to have them staying, but a little bittersweet as well. Tinged by a bit of envy for their two weeks in Samoa… 😛 But mainly sad because when they come back to Auckland for a few days it will be the last we see of them in NZ. It’s been very comforting to know that some of our “old” friends were here with us on the other side of the planet, especially since I sometimes find myself feeling a bit lost on Matt’s turf.

Anywho – we spent the time together well, and enjoyed ourselves with drinks and talking and pics and in between it all we found time for an outing: Piha and the Waitakeres.

Waitakeres landscape - picture perfect

Waitakeres landscape - picture perfect

Arriving at Piha - Matt and Julien are keen to get to the beach

Piha view

Piha view

And I have to add – they are the best house guests ever! Our flat was never as clean and the dishes never so quickly done!

More students leaving this Friday – tears and speeches, but beautiful leaving notes and some memorable gifts… and one final party to go to!

PS: I should add that we might get to see J&J in Aussie when we go over there in October – fingers crossed they will have made their way to the Gold Coast by then, alternatively are still in the area.

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