This has always been sort of an NZ move and update blog, and now that we are coming up on two years here, NZ has ceased to feel so foreign. Granted we still find new and amazing parks, perplexing news stories -- like the occasional theft of a body right before the funeral, when a carload of family members show up and take it to a marae -- new interesting language things -- like the word debut being pronounced "dayboo" and then in a magazine I read a comment that NZers learned this mispronunciation from Americans (I have never met an American that said dayboo) -- and other little things. But really day to day, it's become sort of comfortingly familiar. It's no longer an oddity to drive on the left, read about polls between National and Labour or to see the uncensored movie Closer on network TV in prime time.
I don't think I will ever get over the breathtaking view from the house, but after about 300 photos from one angle, I think I'm finally letting the camera cool down.
That's not to say that it's boring. In fact, it's really nice as far as I'm concerned to feel at home again. Although the move itself has been a great adventure for us and tested our ability to go with the flow, the excitement of feeling everything is new and unusual can also be a hassle when you just want to buy groceries or go to the doctor.
Anyway, all is well for those of you we know who are checking in. :)
If you found us on a search and are looking for moving to NZ info, please use the archives to read about our arrival - buying a car, finding a place to live, culture shock, starting work, setting up internet, etc...