About Matt & Liz

We’ve embarked on an adventure to New Zealand, which began on July 11, 2008. Follow our journey as we work, travel and experience the Kiwi culture in the North & South Islands!

A little bit about Liz…

I’m a Michigander at heart. I love the snow. I love the Great Lakes. The mitten state is where I learned to ski, snowboard, run, play piano, swim and sail. White Hall, Harbor Springs, Boulder and Chicago are atop my “favorite destinations” list, and someday I’ll make it to the usual favorites such as London, Paris and Rome.

In college I became a spirited Hoosier and active member of a sorority…which opened the door to several amazing opportunities. Racing in the storied Little 500 bike race, as well as competing for the IU Cycling Team at Nationals are experiences I will always cherish. College was the time where my friendships blossomed and my adventurous spirit grew.

Upon moving to Indianapolis, my circle of friends grew and I met some of the best people in the world, including my “mate” Matt. Now, Matt and I are ready to discover New Zealand, a country I’ve only every read and dreamt about. We’ll spend just less than a year working and traveling abroad.

Come join our adventure and read our “Songlines!”

A little bit about Matt…

Matt is just getting around to finishing his section of this page three months later than he was supposed to.

I am a card-carrying Hoosier, having lived in Indiana for the last 16 years. I grew up in Fort Wayne before heading to Bloomington to attend IU. While in college I got my first taste of international experience when I headed to Geneva, Switzerland for a semester abroad. While there I was able to visit ten other European countries and really get a taste of what its like outside the US. I also worked as a camp counselor at Camp Brosius, the IU alumni camp while a student at Bloomington.

After graduating, I hiked the Appalachian Trail with a good friend from high school. This trip took just under six months and we hiked from the northern Georgia to central Maine. The experience allowed me to see the entire East Coast of the US and meet some amazing people.

Liz and I are excited to explore the landscape around New Zealand and, so far, we’ve had an amazing experience. We’ll keep updating this blog as we go along our trip.



  1. YAY!!! This is going to be so cool! Can’t wait.

  2. Hey guys! So excited for you 🙂 Look forward to many exciting posts. Best of luck, love you!

  3. This is on my RSS Feed…now I will cry in my Bank of America cube every time I see “The Songlines” in bold print…



  4. I can’t wait to hear about your adventures! What a great way to keep in touch with everyone.

  5. I am so excited for you guys! I can’t wait to read your blog while you are there!

  6. I am so excited for you two! Mark and I will be praying for you that your journey will be a fun and safe one! and full of adventure! I need lots of pics!

  7. Great idea with the blog – I am so sad to see you guys go, but I am excited to hear/read about all your adventures!! Just don’t forget the little people 🙂

  8. I want to hear about the rugby matches you go to… Pictures, interviews with players and spectators, etc. Very jealous of your upcoming adventure!
    “Howdy neighbor…”

  9. Great idea! Don’t you dare get lazy on us though. We are all living vicariously through you two adventurers.

  10. i just now became extremely jealous of you!

    you are going to have an amazing time. love you both


  11. Just remember to drink plenty of fluids…like that’s ever a problem….but water is good too…get plenty of rest….right!…and wear clean underwear….never know what’s around the corner….we’re lookin’ forward to frequent updates – need pics to make sure you’re OK….take a few more showers than when you were on the AT….whew…you smelled like a gorilla cage! Liz won’t go for that!

  12. Obviously Matt has yet to do his homework and fill in the info. This is exciting for you both and I am excited to keep tabs on it, while Melissa is crying because she saw “The Songlines” come into her inbox.

  13. Just started my blog last week. Great to discover the two of you. One of my hearts desires is one day to visit New Zealand also. Can’t wait to “see” a preview with you all.
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    Enjoy your trip. I’ll be keeping track and God bless you both as you journey together in Life.

  14. Dear Liz, I love going online and seeing you and Matt and that gorgeous country…I loved the movie “Australia”. Have always wanted to go..
    I just like to keep in touch with you. I miss my dearest friend, Ginger so much. We shared so much and time together. I know you and all her grandchildren do also… So keeping in touch helps me..

    Are you coming to the states at any time?

    I love this weekside and seeing you, and Ben and John.

    Keep well…

    love, Peggy

  15. Dear Liz, Chris wrote to me that you and Matt are engaged and planning to come to the states in Aug.How wonderful and tell Matt that I hope to meet him in the mitten state.
    I know that Ginger would be thrilled for you .
    Best wishes, Peggy

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