Monthly Archives: January 2013

One Month Away

Exactly one month from now I’ll be on my way to NZ!  Time has really flown by, and there is still a lot to do.  It’s really funny, but the part that genuinely made this real for me was opening up my bank account in NZ!

I was able to start the process online, and I’ll have to activate it when I arrive.  Part of the process is for them to verify my identity over the phone, so I was notified that I should be receiving a call in about 1-3 business days.  Thirty minutes after I applied for the account online, I get a call from a number that says “Turks & Caicos Islands” underneath!  I answered and the lady started speaking with an NZ accent!  At least I assume it was an NZ accent.  It could have been Australian; I really can’t tell the difference yet.

I just felt so happy talking on the phone with her!  She was really nice, and I kept coming up with questions just to keep her talking!  It really connected this whole process for me and now I’m really starting to visualize myself settling in NZ.  I’ve started looking at the flatmates wanted section online a lot more often lately, as well as the jobs available.  I am happy with the current selection, so I am hoping that continues for a while.

I guess I’ll add to my list of goals to accomplish to tell the difference between an NZ and Australian accent!


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Goals for My Year in NZ

There are a couple of things I have in mind that I’d like to accomplish while living in NZ this year.  Here is my list:

1.  Save up enough money from working the first few months so that I can visit Australia after I leave NZ.  My plan is to work in Auckland during the winter and then when it starts to warm up I’ll start my major traveling.  This will be a challenge for me since I’m only allowed to work seasonal/temporary jobs, which means most likely a minimum wage position.  I also want to explore the area around Auckland while I’m working so that will put a bit of a strain on the savings as well.

2.  Keep my American accent.  This is going to be a hard one because I remember on my second day in Dublin the voice I use to talk to myself in my head already had an Irish accent!  It’s not a big deal, but I know if I come home sounding like Peter Jackson everyone is gonna give me a hard time.

3. Keep my possessions to a minimum.  I’m not going to be taking much with me, just the essentials in terms of clothes and shoes, plus my electronic gadgets I can’t live without.  But when I arrive, I don’t want to go on a shopping spree to fill up the holes in my wardrobe I left behind!  I really only want to purchase things if what I brought with me wears out.  So it will be more like replacing instead of adding.  I won’t have anywhere to put more stuff when I leave anyway, since I’ll just have my backpack.

4.  Have fun.  This could potentially be a really stressful time for me.  I don’t know anyone!  I might run out of money!  These people drive on the opposite side of the road, I’m gonna die!  I really can’t think that way, and I am not planning on it.  I am actually really excited, because I know that I’ll meet great people and see amazing things.  I realize the potential for disaster is there, but that can be true here at home!  So, along with my minimal possessions, I’ll be bringing with me a positive attitude.

I have some other goals in mind, but those are my most important ones that I wanted to share.  Any ideas for something else I should accomplish while I’m away?  Leave me a comment!

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Holy Crap, It’s January!

It’s hard to believe that I have less than two months left before I leave for NZ.  I still have a lot of stuff to do, but what I am thinking about most are the people I will be leaving behind.  Friends and family members that I will not see for a year are the only thing making this move bittersweet.  Thanks a lot, ya jerks!  I will really miss you.

I have this weird thing about even and odd numbers; I really prefer even ones.  So 2012 was great!  2013 kind of puts me ill at ease, but when I think of what’s coming for me this year I feel a lot better.  I’ll at least be 26 for half the year, but then I turn 27 and it’s double odd numbers for the rest of the year!  I’m sure I’ll be fine though.

I think the thing I’m most excited for is packing for this trip.  I won’t be doing much of that until the very end, but I have decided that I will only be taking my borrowed backpack (courtesy of Mr. Brian Ceraldi) to carry my belongings.  I had considered taking a suitcase with me as well, but what will I do with that if I decide to visit other countries after NZ? I can always buy the things I need in NZ if I can’t fit it all in the backpack.

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