LiveTravel

Happy Anniversary World

March 14, 2016 0 comments
xmcothgncqa-joshua-sortino

Five years ago today I moved overseas from NZ. First, to that neighbouring desert across the Tasman, then on to the home of the Monarchy. Five years. I am not sure what happened when I only ever planned to be away for 18 months.

close city

What spurred the start of this 5 year adventure? Well honestly my insanity for thinking one Masters degree was not quite enough, so off I went to complete another Masters degree in Melbourne. Then after that was finished, to add to the madness, I decided it would be a great idea to cycle 200km and raise $2,500 in the name of cancer research. That kept me around in Melbourne a little longer, and then long enough to get into a new job, then change jobs. I found a Melbourne family to share this life with, I got to travel to Thailand, Laos, Bali and Fiji. I explored parts of Australia I never thought I would. However, then the hamster on the wheel started to begin. Working in a job, to have money to live a pretty lush foodie life in Melbourne, to then wonder where all my travel funds had gone, to then realise I was slowly losing my cultural identity.

Maybe it was that I was tired of being a hamster on a wheel in the hospital, or maybe it was the stark realisation I was picking up an Australian accent (to which my beloved family told me one summer to go to NZ language classes!). Either way, after the four and a half years, 200km cycled, many hours working like a hamster on a wheel and four other countries travelled, it was then time to move on.

Heading onwards to the land of the Monarchy, I never really knew how long I would stick around. Considering I never really wanted to live and work in London, there are days I wonder why I joined the festering rat race that is the London commuter life. It has been 8 months already. Having Europe on my doorstep is really the number one thing keeping me this way for now.

IMG_1930

The longer I am away, the more I crave life in New Zealand. I am not saying the grass is greener, but there has to come a time in life when you know what lifestyle you prefer and decide how you want to live. Nothing can beat home, especially with the beach on your doorstep.

IMG_1231

So world, it has been a great 5 years and a grand adventure so far. Considering I have not yet given enough of my hard-earned pounds to budget airlines and TFL, I look forward to many more adventures, before I start my journey back to the land of the long white cloud.

You may also like

Leave a Reply