About Newzozoland

My name is Sören Petersen. I’m a 24 years old French guy. I have been studying German and English at the University, and I always have been attracted by travelling, discovering new cultures, learning languages.. It just make any routine much more interesting!

I spent about 5 years living and working abroad. One summer in Spain (Mallorca Island); 6 months in Dublin, Ireland; and the 4 last years in Berlin, Germany. I grew up in the country side, and in the French Alps, so I’m definitely a nature lover.. This is one of the main reason to choose New Zealand as next destination. I’m here for 12 months on a working Holidays Visa.

The idea of the blog came for several reasons: On my previous trips, i always regretted not to have enough “souvenirs” material, photos and descriptions of all the amazing experiences i had so far. The blog is also a great way to keep in touch and share my adventures with my family and friends (especially when 12 hours time difference make skype contacts harder). I didn’t wish to share this content using the private company called Facebook. And it’s a great and first experience in writing a blog, open to anyone, that would like to learn a bit more about New Zealand, the local culture, things and places to see.. A complete feedback from a traveler, that might motivate other people to come visit this fantastic country.

Newzozoland? Its a contraction of New – Zealand and my own nickname “zozo” (Sören > Sösö > Zozo).


6 thoughts on “About Newzozoland

  1. Top 100 Exchange and Experience Blogs 2012

    Dear Sören,

    My name is Virgínia Rodrigues and I work for the language portal bab.la.

    I’m contacting you with regards to your blog.

    Every year we organize the “Top 100 International Exchange and Experience Blogs” competition (also known as IX12). We are looking for the top 100 blogs about life abroad because we really enjoy bringing the exchange blogger community together. Last year we had 220 participants and close to 5.000 votes. You can see the last year results here:

    Your blog has been nominated and will enter the competition unless you tell us not to. The nomination period goes from January 16th to January 29th, 11:59 p.m. CET (German Time). Feel free to tell other bloggers about the competition or nominate another blog yourself. Voting starts on January 31st and goes till February 12th, 11:59 p.m. CET (German Time). Results will be published February 14th. The winners will be decided based on user votes.

    If you don’t want to be included in the nomination list, please let us know by sending me an email and we won´t contact you again. You can also contact me by email (virginia@bab.la) if you have any further questions about the competition.

    Kind regards,
    Virgínia Rodrigues
    On behalf of bab.la and the Lexiophiles language blog

  2. Hello Sören!

    Just a quick reminder about the “Top 100 International Exchange and Experience Blogs 2012” (IX12): The nomination phase ends this Sunday (January 29) at 11:59 p.m. German time. In case you want to nominate a fellow blogger/friend – just send me an email with the URL and I’ll take care of the rest.

    The voting phase will start on January 31 and go until February 12. I will send you an email with all relevant information that day so you can spread it amongst your friends and promote your blog!

    If you have any further questions about the competition you can contact me by e-mail.


    on behalf of bab.la and the Lexiophiles language blog

  3. IX12: Voting starts today!
    Dear Sören,

    We wanted to let you know that the voting phase for the IX12 (International eXchange and eXperience) blog competition starts today. Your blog is listed with its page title in the list (sorted from A to Z) here:

    Any user may vote once until February 12 when voting ends. The blogs will be ranked according to number of votes and the winner will be announced on February 14.

    In order to improve your chances of winning, we recommend you spread the word through your blog, to your users, family and friends so they can vote for your blog.
    We wish you good luck!

    On behalf of bab.la and the Lexiophiles team

  4. IX12 – Voting ends February 12

    Hello Sören!

    This is just a quick reminder that voting for IX12 (International Exchange & Experience Blog Competition) ends on February 12, 11:59 PM German time.

    We have received over 7,000 votes so far! There is still time to get your blog on top of the list – just keep promoting it amongst your readers.

    The top 100 blogs will be announced on February 14th.

    Wishing you good luck,

    on behalf of bab.la and the Lexiophiles language blog

  5. IX12 – results are in!

    Dear Sören,

    Congratulations from the bab.la and Lexiophiles team! Out of the 239 participating blogs you made the top 100 list. This year we had more than 10.000 votes. You can find the entire ranking here:

    There you will also find a map showing where the top 100 bloggers are located around the world. You can place this map on your website by using the embed code underneath the map.

    In addition, we have created a button for you to put onto your blog telling everyone that you made the top 100 list. Simply embed the following code into your blog so everyone knows how well you did:

    We really enjoyed this competition and hope you had as much fun as well! If you have any additional questions do not hesitate to contact me.


    Virgínia Rodrigues
    On behalf of the bab.la and Lexiophiles team

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