One of the cool things about officially being out of school is that you are almost immediately hit with this sense of freedom. Not only do you no longer have any exams or assignments to stress over but you're eighteen - meaning you can get yourself around without depending on your parents (unless you're me and still have not gotten you're restricted so technically are still depending on people for rides... but you know what I mean) and because you are no longer a kid you can stay out making memories with your friends till ridiculous hours of the morning and no one will question it. That is until your mum calls you from work after you've woken up at 12pm the next day asking if that txt you sent her at 3am to say you'd arrived home meant that that was the time you'd physically walked through the door and because your not keen on lying you painfully answer with an ashamed yes while you can almost see the disappointment on her face through the phone. But you know what? It's still worth it.
I'm lucky enough to live in one amazing country with some pretty spectacular places around almost every corner just waiting to be explored by another group of teenagers and believe me, we have most definitely been making the most of it this summer. Above are just a few photos from when a few of us graduates visited a private beach just outside of Maraetai (when I say just outside of Maraetai, I mean it took us a good forty minutes to get there) called Kawakawa Bay and it was absolutely stunning. For the most part we had the entire place to ourselves and spent the night listening to music, throwing balls around on the beach, pigging out on chips and chocolate and when night came sitting around the fire listening to Jacob play his guitar. It's never a dull moment when I'm out with these friends of mine and I absolutely love it.
Heres to more summer adventures like this in the weeks to come.