28.03.2014 - 13.08.2014
We have now been in New Zealand for a little more than four months and I cannot believe it - time definitely flies by. The return to New Zealand, home, and a familiar routine was not easy but we have managed to settle down again, come back to our previous schedules and of course to enjoy spending time with our kiwi family and the amazing friends we are blessed to have here.
For the first few weeks we stayed with Simon’s parents, which was wonderful. It gave us the time to organize everything at our house and to restart a few of the normal things. To come back to our everyday lives was a slow process; I returned to my job a week after we arrived back in New Zealand, and we also had to sort out our stuff, organize paper work for our house, sort out finances, call people to mention “we are here, we finally came back and have had an awesome time overseas”, and so on. I have also started biking again to keep fit. One of the things I love about the city where we are located is how flat it is and that because it is quite small everything is close, so I can bike almost everywhere. Although sometimes this can be difficult because of the weather and the overconfident drivers, but in general it is great to bike around.
The garden at home has been a bit of a challenge to deal with along with everything else, but it gives me time to think and it is starting to look like it used to. At home (indoors) things were relatively easy to organize after we returned and we have been able to finally throw away all the things we knew we wouldn't need again.
At work something interesting happened. My old desk was no longer “my desk” but had now become somebody else's. So, I had to cope with this silly situation from the moment I walked in the door. I guess I am a little territorial but the first thought in my head was, where is my desk now and what kind of view will I be getting? After walking the Way to Santiago, it is important to me to be able to appreciate the sky and the landscape. Therefore my first act after locating my new desk was to sit in front of my window and see what I could see. Fortunately I have a pretty nice view of the sky, lots of trees, a few small mountains, some windmills, and the students walking around on campus - I love it. It has definitely helped me coming back to my routine at work.
We were amazed by the great welcome home from our friends, and we have had many catch up dinners, coffees, get togethers, etc. One the highlights of this time was the presentation of our photos and stories. Simon and I organized an evening in June to show off our photos and to share our stories, and with around 70 people making up an audience with us it was magic!!! For us it was a pleasure to put together the photos and very hard to choose the best stories to mention, and we were really glad our family and friends enjoyed it and had a great time. It was a really great experience!!!
Changing the topic, as many of you can imagine, we have already started planning our next adventure. The months we were on the road travelling were fantastic, we loved it, and so during this time in New Zealand I have been working relatively hard on motivation, creation, and inspiration. Sometimes it has not been easy to keep up with daily life, the routine and especially the weather here as we are in the middle of winter has made being motivated very hard work. I have to remember the lessons I learned during our trip and especially on the Way to Santiago. I have decided to do small things such as doing yoga in the mornings, taking different ways coming home and going to work, visiting at least one friend during the week, walking to work once a week, enjoying the amazing view from my desk and celebrating every minute of the World Cup where our team made all us so proud.
Our plans for our next adventure are going really well, like for all the previous times we know we need firstly to get inspired and afterwards things come together. We have visited many interesting, dangerous, boring, pretty, simple places, so this time we are thinking to do something more exciting. However, as many of you know the best souvenir that we were able to come home with is our first baby; meaning that for our future trips they will have to be to countries that are prepared for children, hahaha and things are going to be completely different and we hope the experience will be even better.
Here is a picture of our little one, and we have decided to leave the gender a surprise, so we won't know the sex until he or she is born.
Things are perfect for us, as always, and we have started closing the chapter of our lives where it was just the two of us and from next year it is going to be the even more adventurous three of us! How exciting it's going to be!!!!