Unit next time friends xx
After a long silence I am back! I have been so busy over the last few months that I just haven't found the time to blog but here I am to tell you about my trip back to one of my many homes now, New Zealand. We went home for the very exciting occasion of Will's Mum marrying her long time partner. We couldn't think of a better reason to get home and see everyone again. It made the horrendous flight all the more worthwhile. I am quite proud to say that I have seen a great deal of New Zealand. Will and I have done many a road trip, sleeping in the back of my tiny Toyota Starlet and cooking pizzas on the engine while we drove. But one place I had never visited was Blenheim. So when Julie told us that's where the wedding was going to be it made us so much more excited to get to visit somewhere new. And wow did Blenheim deliver - it was gorgeous weather and a gorgeous landscape.
Although we were only home for about 10 days we got to fit in so much family time which was amazing. I didn't realise how much I had missed everyone which made the goodbyes awful. It was a funny thing being home for only a short amount of time because I had quality time with everyone rather than seeing a lot of them. This meant I got attached and began to see being back with rose tinted glasses. When I left New Zealand I was over it. It was too small, nothing to do and too closed minded. My goal with leaving was to get to a point where I really missed it. That point came quicker than I had intended. Going back after 1 and a half years of being away gave me some anxiety. I wasn't sure how I would feel about it, if I would want to leave again, would I hate it? I realised that New Zealand will always be my main squeeze and 100% where I want to settle. But for right now? New Zealand really isn't offering what I am looking for. I need a challenge and to experience as much as possible before I even consider moving back.
I did see certain aspects of New Zealand differently being back though. Yes we are a small country but we are so far away from everyone else that no one else really bothers us. We have INCREDIBLE scenery, hikes, beaches at the drop of a hat. We are ahead of the world when it comes to many things such as marriage equality, banking, wages and human rights. This makes me really proud. Being away from New Zealand has made me strangely patriotic to a slightly excessive degree. When someone mentions that they have been to NZ I will sit there for a good hour wanting to know every detail with a beaming grin on my face. I asked a friend at work the other day to do her best kiwi accent, her response? 'Brett? Present. Jermaine? Present? Murray? Present. Right, let's start the meeting.' Hearing her quote Flight of The Concords in a strange Essex/Kiwi mix accent made my heart fill with joy.
Moral of the story it was AMAZING to go back and see the people I love most in the world (including my Mum who I hadn't seen in a year and a half so you can imagine how emotional that reuninon was. And saying goodbye for that matter). However, New Zealand is not where I am meant to be right now and it will always be there. Well...unless it sinks, which is has a tendancy to do. So we'll see.
I'm back in Edinburgh and have many adventures planned for the near future so watch this space.
Unit next time friends xx
A writer, explorer, and music enthusiast. This site is where I share my thoughts, aspirations, adventures, and mishaps.