Welcome to the blog of Ben & Franci Hoyt and co. We’re from Christchurch, New Zealand.
We spent two years (2010 – 2012) living in Brooklyn, NY, mainly because we wanted a bit of an adventure. After our New York stint, we took a two month roadtrip across the States on our way back to New Zealand.
We returned to New Zealand thinking that we’d settle there in the long-term, but it seems that God had a different plan. Ben’s work situation changed and then an amazing opportunity came up for him to work for TripAdvisor… in New York. And so we packed up all over again and headed back in February 2014.
This is our place to post updates about our time in the U.S. and how it’s all going. It’s our attempt to keep in touch with loved ones far away. It’s not the same as catching up with you over a meal or a hot cup of tea, but it’s better than writing a letter and sending it by boat!
Franci, Marica, Esther and Laurelin were officially aliens (until the girls got their US citizenship, so now Franci is technically the only alien), and we are living the (Big) Apple — well, actually, this time around we’re living in New Jersey, but it’s still party of the wider NYC metropolis, so it still counts! Hence Aliens in the Apple. Our contact details are here.