Hello there, Kia Ora! Thank you for visiting Adventures of a London Kiwi – my food and travel blog, welcome! Grab a cup of tea, a cocktail or a flat white (depending on your country of origin), sit yourself down, and settle back.
My name is Emma (aka London Kiwi Emma as I seem to have become known), and this is my personal travel and foodie adventures blog where I share my escapades as a long term expat, living in one of my favourite cities in the world. Though you probably won’t tell from my developing English accent, I originate from New Zealand, also known as Aoteoroa, hobbitland or Land of the Long White Cloud. Us New Zealanders are known around the globe as ‘Kiwis’; not necessarily the small furry brown fruit, but named after a small flightless bird who lives in our forests.
I was asked a while back what my hobbies were, which stopped me in my tracks. “Why, travel of course.” Puzzled at the answer, they retorted with “Ok, but what else?” and that’s when I realised just how thoroughly wanderlust has taken over my life. My passion for traipsing takes many forms – from the simple beauty of learning about new cultures with a fork in hand, spanning all the way to clocking up around 100,000 flight miles one year (including 3 return trips to New Zealand in 2015). Oops.
posts on my corner of the internet are decidedly like my life in London, a mixture of local adventure, exotic travel experiences, foodie fun, expat musings and a taste or two of the finer side of life.
Likes: exploring, margaritas, perma-tourism (finding tourist-like delight in a permanent home), photography, reading, brunching, laughing, the All Blacks – but football is cool by me, architecture, chocolate, twitter chats, dabbling in a touch of geekery, history and the secrets behind old doors.
Dislikes: Black liquorice, icy pavements, being photographed (ironic, I know), sitting still, over done steak, bad service, Martinis, queue-jumping, offal, awkward social greetings and kale.
As with most expats, I only intended to travel for a couple of years to explore the UK and Europe. But, when I moved to London over a decade ago, I accidentally fell in love with my adopted city, not to mention my Englishman usually known as “Mr Kiwi”, and the small Tabby cat who rules our home with an iron paw.
I’ve been blogging at Adventures of a London Kiwi since 2012, when having decided that we had unconsciously lapsed into a commute/work/home complacency, we weren’t exploring our surrounds to the full potential. I enjoy sharing everything that I’m passionate about here in my corner of t’internet, and have connected with some fantastic people who share my enjoyment for the quirkier side of life.
I’m straight talking, fun-loving and a well balanced dork (although I do manage to hide it most of the time, kind of like Bruce Wayne has his Bat powers). When not planning our next adventures, I can usually be found lurking in London bruncheries both every weekend and often with a touch of luxury, pounding cobbled pavements, sipping champagne over afternoon tea and floating down London canals.