Saturday, August 31, 2013

the cottage

Everyone who knew anything about Christchurch NZ warned us before moving here.
They told us how difficult the housing market is right now, and that even renting a small space would be super expensive. We tried to not get discouraged by the lack of options when we'd look online from the states, but it was tough! Even the dingiest and smallest of apartments was still way over our price range. We'd tossed around the idea of communal living-but that's quite a gamble.
So we just waited.
And within about a week of arriving we saw this little gem pop up online looking for tenants.
It's tiny; yes, literally the size of a small studio.
But it has quite the charm, and supplies us with everything we need--a bed, a roof, a bathroom with running (ok, sometime trickling) water, and even an adorable little front porch- bench included.
We moved in last week and have spent some time making it our own. It's not finished yet, but we love it already. It's conveniently located near a bus stop and pretty much the best Thai take out place ever.
What's not to love?

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

a love letter, of sorts

Dear New Zealand,
we met exactly 2 weeks and 4 days ago.
2 weeks  and 4 days seems like not long at all, but also like an eternity.
I have discovered some lovely things about you. Things that I adore and treasure and might be quite sad to ever lose. How did I live without these things just over 2 weeks and 4 days ago?

I love how obsessed you are with tea. I've always known tea was great, but you take it to the next level. Morning tea, afternoon tea, before bed tea; they're all wonderful! And these tea kettles which boil water in just a minute or two-- how convenient! I love it all.

I love your cute little words for things. Like 'trolleys' instead of grocery carts, 'cuddles' instead of hugs, and the excessive use of the word 'wee' for small. It's just plain adorable, and I hope to catch on to these little phrases and adapt my vocabulary accordingly.

Another of my favorite things are the little heaters that are in everyone's bathroom, handily positioned right above or near the shower. It's wonderful to step out into a stream of hot air right away. Why doesn't every bathroom in the world have a little heater like this?! I'll never know.

Your money is quite handy as well. Having $1 and $2 coins means my change is actually worth something, and I do love to pay for things in all change :)

And just like most people who had visited you before predicted; your ice cream rocks. Like; majorly. Is an all-dairy diet a thing? Lets make it a thing.

So thanks, New Zealand, for welcoming 2 newbie Yanks to your world. We've met some lovely people, taken in some gorgeous views, and have had some of the best avocado's and wine ever to be tasted. We can't wait to see what more you have to offer, and get to know you even better in the coming months & years!

Love always,

Sunday, August 18, 2013

our new home

Hello again!
The past 3 months have been an absolute whirlwind. We sold nearly everything we owned, and packed up what was left into a few suitcases. The top picture was taken right before we boarded our flight. After many hugs goodbye and countless tears there was nothing left to do but turn and leave.
It has been highly emotional! But since arriving in New Zealand last week we have felt very much at home. We have already seen so much beauty that this country has to offer in only our short time here. Kevin has started his work at the University and we have even found a place to call home!
I hope to really get this blog up and running again as a way to keep in touch with friends and family back in the states. To everyone reading who has sent a kind message, encouraging note, or even a prayer; thank you! Your support and love has gotten us to this point. We appreciate you all!
Until next time..