Aliens in the Apple


Ben 26 Apr 2010

Welcome to the blog of Ben & Franci Hoyt and family. We’re from Christchurch, New Zealand. Here’s (more or less) what we look like:

Hoyt Family

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.

A year and a half later an amazing opportunity came up for Ben to work for TripAdvisor… in New York. And so we packed up all over again and headed back in February 2014. Some six years later, we’re back in Christchurch (maybe for good this time?).

This was 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 they got their US citizenship), and we were living the (Big) Apple, hence Aliens in the Apple. Our contact details are here.

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Oh, and the blog’s header photo of Manhattan was taken from our temporary apartment in Weehawken by our friend James W.

Comments (2)

Renie 23 Dec 2010 at 11:49am

Your blog is wonderful! Great pictures and story. So much energy in it!
I love to give gifts too and echo your desire, Franci, for limitless funds to give. The cookie and plate pictures are so fun. I want to come do a Christmas with you and bake with you and the girls!

Love, Renie

Franci 23 Dec 2010 at 12:05pm

Thanks, Aunt Renie. Yeah, that’d be fun! :-)