There’s nothing like being two weeks away from the trip of a lifetime to make you appreciate just how good you’ve got it.
I live in Middle-Earth, a country thousands of people dream of visiting. I wasn’t born here, but arrived here two years ago to make a new life.
So remind me, why am I hitting the road again?
With Brazil looming on the horizon, it’s only now I totally see how good life here in NZ is.
Now I love whinging, and have whinged about heaps of things; food prices, crummy houses, and insane bureaucracy here, but leaving makes you realise just how damn good the place is.
There’s a reason so many people want to come here and I realise now that it’s the beauty, the simplicity, and the wild.
We’ve tramped our way through landscapes I will miss because New Zealand is starting to feel like home, and that is a strange feeling.
So here are the 9 things I will miss about New Zealand.
- The weather. Compared to London or Ireland it is totes amazeballs
- The free-for-all that is driving in New Zealand. Guaranteed entertainment on every commute!
- The slow internet; it forces you to go and see things like Abel Tasman National Park, or the Tongariro Crossing.
- Stable work; I love working in New Zealand. It’s easy to follow, everyone wants to help, and did I mention that its a hell of a lot easier to get up on sunny 25 degree days?
- The land. There is nowhere else I’ve been where the earth itself is so damn photogenic. Even the boring roads make you gasp at the view now and then.
- Eating out. I love the vibe when eating out here! It’s so unpretentious. No-one is there to eat silently whilst soaking up the ambience. Christ no! Everyone is there for the food and a good time, and it’s damn good to feel like that!
- Volcanos and earthquakes. Again, there’s nothing so entertaining in Ireland, the earth rarely offers up anything but rolling green hills and startling steep cliffs.
- The rugby. If you built an island and wanted to make it a factory for talent for one sport and one sport only, New Zealand would be that place.
- The Rain. Oh boy, when it rains here it’s not your common or garden drizzle, it’s roof pounding, clothes saturating, skid pan rain and it rocks! Sit indoors reading a book on a day like this with the fire lit and you are sampling what New Zealand is all about.
So I’ll miss this place, and it’s only now I realise how much I appreciate it. Thanks New Zealand! We’ll be back to live here soon… I think…