The last week or so has certainly been eventful for me. I arrived in Wellington, New Zealand, on Monday (12th Sept) after a monster 29 hour journey from Heathrow.
I’d never been to Wellington before, but I’ve heard good things. Although I’ve been to the South Island of NZ last year for 2 weeks. First impressions are pretty good, though I’m certainly not used to City life, having lived in towns my whole life. Everyone’s super friendly and helpful, buses are actually always on time and the roads are perfect for Downhill Skateboarding, though ridiculously grippy.
Though the Skateboarding is great (3 sessions in 5 days so far), my focus is primarily on the boring ‘life’ stuff. The job search is slower progress than I first imagined and finding a decent place to live is causing me no end of hassle. At the end of the day, I don’t have to settle for a shithole shared house with 8 other people (viewed 6 places so far), because I have the funds to do AirBNB’s for a few weeks, go live with a family friend in the South Island, just tour NZ as a holiday instead, or return to the UK. The plan is to find somewhere long term, where I can live for at least 6 months.
So far I’ve had to book another week at a different AirBNB for the modest but not sustainable fee of £300 (not NZD). The first week was always going to be tricky so I’m hoping for good news next week. Anxiety has set in a bit, not knowing what’s going to happen next, but I’ve decided to just try my best until 26th September (2 weeks after I arrived), before making any long term decisions.
When I think back to when I applied for my NZ Visa, it was because I wanted a change that would benefit my work/life balance. I was working 8-5 Mon-Fri in a job that didn’t have much potential for IT skills growth, doing nothing with my weekday evenings, Skateboarding on Saturday in Wales (always the highlight of my week) and seeing my parents on Sundays. Moving 12,000 miles away is a massive change and different to what most people do, but Skateboarding had a big part in where I chose.
I mainly wrote this post, just to clarify things for myself, but also out of boredom. Though I am quite Introverted, not being able to go out and socialize outside of Skateboarding feels strange, but again, time will tell.
Until next time.