I had no idea what to expect when we landed in Auckland but almost right away, I began to feel at home. For being so far from the U.S., Auckland felt very similar to Portland in a lot of ways and the drizzly weather only added to that feeling.
Our apartment had a direct view of the Sky Tower and we walked the 20 minutes to our venue at Generator both mornings, taking in all the sights downtown. Even though Auckland is a big city, I loved the huge variety of independent coffee shops and boutiques. My favorite coffee shop of the bunch was Shaky Isles.
Having a photo booth always encourages bonding right out of the gates — I have a massive stack of strips from this class thanks to The Amazing Travelling Photo Booth. I especially loved this moment. It’s the clown car of photo booths right there!
The creativity of Wink was really inspiring when it came to our decor. And our Auckland class was especially colorful — I felt a little guilty wearing black both days!
During our trip, Sophie of Crown and Glory surprised me with a custom flower crown in the very Branch shades of orange, gray and black! I had to stop myself from wearing it every day….it’s now resting on a glass head in my office. 😉
Our blogcadettes always make the most of the props. At the end of each day, we inevitably find ourselves sitting on a couch somewhere scrolling through all of their awesome snaps!
Gala’s style maven mother Janet wasted no time slipping on her ears.
One of my favorite testimonials from this class was by Angie of Gurl Interrupted:
“I read numerous comments stating ‘you can find everything you want to know about blogging/monetizing by simply googling it, or you can just ask fellow bloggers, as some have been doing this for ages’. The truth is, I’ve done a tonne of research on all these things (all the not-so-basic blogging questions), and have been blogging for years myself, and I’ve never found the information I needed (not the super-important stuff anyway) from Google or from just asking around … At Blogcademy all your questions are answered, and nothing is taboo – this for me was golden!! I guess what I’m saying here is if you are thinking about attending Blogcademy and are told that you can just get that info anywhere – my personal opinion is that you can’t and the wisdom I gained, made Blogcademy totally worth attending!”
Did I mention that our classroom had astroturf floors?! I LOVED this group so much. So colorful, so inquisitive and so welcoming.
The watercolor art by Clouds of Colour was a huge hit. My favorite of the bunch was this flamingo!
Native Creative made these adorable brooches.
As always, Crown and Glory made sure that there were sparkly ears for everyone!
Love Ideas Ink sent along these great little packs of postcards.
These concrete necklaces by Cocorrina were like nothing I’d ever seen! I loved the modern spin on an everyday material.
Extra notepads always come in handy during our classes and ToodlesNoodles made sure we were covered!
I keep rewatching our video by Craft Workshop! It perfectly captures the atmosphere and energy of the Auckland class so well. I want to go back and give every single one of those ladies a hug! Such a great city, such a great time.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: doing Blogcademy workshops and meeting so many of you has been one of the biggest highlights of my year by far. I’m having total withdrawals and can’t wait until we start up with our next round of classes.
Are you ready to take the plunge? Join us on the road next year!