To New Zealand
|by Rick Adams
|My wife and
I are crazy. My wife and I are running from the law. My
wife and I consumed one too many kegs of beer in college. My wife and
I are suffering from a chronic case of arrested development. My wife and
I are heartless, self-absorbed individuals that don’t give a darn about
anything but us. My wife and I will never make it. My wife
and I will be back!
These are the
conclusions of various and assorted people that are distant to intimate
acquaintances. When I say acquaintances I mean friends, family and the
local hairdresser. They are drawing these conclusions because we decided
to pack up all of our belongings along with our two cats and move to the
other side of the world.
say the other side of the world I mean the other side of the world!
down this path without much encouragement from people we know.
Many of them questioned not only our sanity but our fortitude and this
made us all the more determined. Perhaps “determined” is not the right
word. Something more like “anxiety-ridden” might be appropriate
because we were scared, we still are. But now that we’re here
we’re really glad we did what we did…we think.
My wife and
I aren’t prone to making rash decisions about anything. Well, I am more
than she (my purchase of a 1972 Ford Pinto is a good example), but
we aren’t known for doing many wild things where we come from. We
are good, stable, church-going kind of people. Our biggest adventures
include travelling to island countries surrounded by bathtub temperature
water, donning wet suits, heavy tanks of air and diving into the warm
water to swim with the odd manta ray and sharks. Come to think of it
we can understand why, to the casual observer, some might think we’re nuts.
But in our little world we feel pretty normal.
wife and I recently gave up a comfortable home in the United States, six-figure
incomes, driving on the right-side of the road as well as friends and
family to move to the place of our dreams; a locality that has everything
one would look for when making a list of positive characteristics in a
place to call home. These qualities would obviously include natural
beauty, a good climate, low crime rates, friendly people, little pollution,
affordability, far enough away to be of little interest to terrorists,
a stable government, indoor plumbing and most importantly people that speak
the same language as you do. Well, regarding that last one, at least
similar to what you do!
been lucky enough to have travelled a bit Because of her job, my wife’s
seen even more of the world than me. One day while we were thinking
about where to go on our next holiday vacation she mentioned that she had
visited a place that to me was in a distant galaxy far, far away.
me this place was beautiful, clean, green and out of all of the places
she had visited, one of the few places (other than the U.S.) she
could see herself living in one day. Knowing my wife and her level of comfort
in foreign countries, that was a pretty big endorsement! The place
was called New Zealand. And as a point of reference, when I say New Zealand,
I don’t mean Australia (as they are easily confused…the difference between
the two countries that is, not the countries themselves.)
living that dream…living in the Land of the Long White Cloud.
As it was shot entirely on location, the success of the movie trilogy “The
Lord of the Rings” has brought a new awareness of this tiny country
to the rest of the civilised world.However most people still know little
about it and neither did we. But we gave up almost everything
we knew to become residents in this foreign land, no small step for this
man and womankind! We are probably like you in many ways and neither
one of us ever imagined that we’d become expatriates until only a few months
ago. It was a tough, emotional decision that turned our world literally
upside down. It’s been a real rollercoaster ride of agony and ecstasy
and it’s not over yet and likely never will be.
|We know a
lot of people that think about leaving the “rat race” and “getting
out of this place”. We weren’t really like that, but ended up
doing just that and so far we feel like we’ve made the right choice.
And if we can do it, you probably can too.
a lot, made some mistakes and looking back might have done some things
differently. We both owe a debt of gratitude to the many people we
along our journey, both in person and in “cyber space” and feel
that it would be good Karma to give back a bit. So as time goes on we
plan to write about our experiences, the thrills and spills, in the
hope that others that follow in our footsteps won’t find anything unpleasant
on their shoes. Our experiences may also cause others to wisely stay safely
inside their houses and never venture out again!
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