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Art for the healing

My volunteering here felt more like a jewelry making holiday! I put in my hours of work and received accommodations, a lovely meal and somehow left with new handmade jewelry and 2 blown glass pieces, that I made!

Daniel and Gabrielle are a husband and wife duo that host travelers like me. I felt right at home when Dan (a rugby player recovering from injury) inviting me for a workout, personal thanks for the sore arms and tight core! Gabrielle entered the room with a huge smile that never left her bright face. These two are a great balance for each other and by example showed me another wonderful sight of genuine love.

My volunteering here was in Gabrielle’s workshop. Beads are created along with jewelry making kits and taken to the hospital for patients to use, for what I believe is an excellent sort of therapy.

Specifically at the children’s institute, each time a child gets a “treatment” they receive one of Gabrielles handmade glass beads (ranging from animal figures to fruit and flowers). Then at the completion of their battle, they have an entire journey necklace as a positive memory on their success! Simply magical.

I have several pictures to share, but I’m off to catch the Ferry to the South island of New Zealand!

As usual I have no idea when wifi will be available, so I’ll catch ya when I can!

Still smiling, Erika

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The Wellington House

I was introduced to this amazing girl named Regina through mutual friends back in the states (thank you Freya and Adam!). She has a unique way of encouraging you to be who you are at all times with the most sincere energy of kindness. She smiles with her eyes and has a strong yet calm sense about her. Our conversations could easily go into the night due to, what I feel, was a natural connection.

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My temporary place of residence in Wellington ended up to be an adorable home overlooking the city. This enchanting place has a walk that leads up to a cozy home at the top of the hill. The path of over 150 steps and several stairs is decorated with flowers and herbs from lavender and mint to thyme and rosemary. Trekking to the front door seems to stimulate all the scenses and eases the mind…  honestly it’s thereputic. You complete the walk full of fresh new air, slightly sweaty and even more thankful to see Reginas sweet face!

None of the pictures below are repeated steps… This is when you don’t want to forget something in the car!
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The view from her living room.
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Here we are out to dinner with some friends. The cute girl with us ended up being my next hair client on the road! Thank you Cat, I truly enjoyed our conversations and it was so nice to here similar views on that wonderful title of “partners”. Congrats to you and yours! 

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Classic foot shot! (girls being girls)
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This was still a part of the sevens celebration.
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Found a lounge… With a bath tub!
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Had dinner at Duke Carvells followed by what appears to be street-dancing-karate combo with her friends! Personal thanks to this crew for their open arms, fun chats and all of the great suggestions for my journey south!
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