A year ago, I arrived in New Zealand, ready to have an adventure and it hasn’t disappointed on that, or any fronts.
It was incredibly hard leaving friends and family in the UK, but I knew it was what I had to do in order to find happiness. It sounds cheesy to say that I wanted to ‘find myself’ but to be completely honest, that’s something that I really felt like I needed to do again after the, let’s say challenging, couple of years that I’d had since getting back from my round-the-world trip.
Anywho, fast forward to today and I’ve been here for a whole year. I can’t believe how quickly time has passed and how much I’m still learning about this fantastic country.
Here are just a few things I’ve noticed:
1) it’s never not funny when Kiwi’s say “deck”
2) groceries etc. cost around the same price as the UK but takeaways are much cheaper – dangerous!
3) I now think in dollars rather than pounds automatically
4) UK expats seem to naturally gravitate towards each other and it’s actually really nice. I’ve met a great group of people through meetup, friends of friends and even the gym!
5) Kiwis love a British accent (and love taking the piss out of it…and well, most things!)
It is hard being so far away from my friends and family but, it’s so easy to keep in touch with people! Yes, the time difference can be a pain but it’s not the end of the world, far from it! It just requires a bit more effort on both parts.
One thing I will say that sounds cheesy again is that my happiness level rose almost instantly when I got here. My parents noticed it, my Grandad noticed it and I’m pretty certain that my friends could tell too. There have been peaks and troughs but for the most part, my life is so much better here.
“When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.” – Alexander Den Heijer