Summer started early in New Zealand and it was a lovely change. Having heard that last year was one of the worst years for weather (especially summer) in New Zealand, it helps us not take the sun and heat for granted. I feel like December has had more warm days than all of last summer and we aren’t complaining, though some Kiwis are. I can’t really understand how they can complain about comfortable heat (no humidity and cool evenings), but I’m a warm-weather person.
As much as I love summer and the warm weather I’ve determined that all kids should experience a northern hemisphere Christmas at least once in their lives. Frosty and Rudolph just make more sense when it’s not in the mid-80’s. (Please note that I didn’t put mid-20’s C here. You’re welcome.)
As we close out 2017, I guess it is time to provide an update regarding that pesky question – how long are you planning to stay in New Zealand? While we do not have an exact answer to the question we can tell you that we have signed another lease which extends until October 2018.
Why October you may ask? It seemed to make sense for a few reasons. Our current lease is up at the end of January. I started a new job (at the same company but doing something new)about a month and a half ago while Anthony is enjoying his current position. Moving in winter isn’t something we wanted to do, nor do landlords like to have leases end during that time. So we decided on October since that will be spring.
We hold resident visas so we can technically stay in New Zealand forever, however travel restrictions will be enforced once we are here 2 years. At that time we will need to apply to have the travel restrictions lifted. We feel this is something we would like to strive for. We put in a lot of time, effort, heart, and hard work to make this move happen so it would be a benefit to be able to be permanent residents of New Zealand. (Residency is not citizenship. We are still US citizens.)
You’ve probably heard the saying – Just book the flight. We’re doing our best to live up to it. Here are a few pics from our latest favorite adventures.
It’s been an adjustment working in the agricultural industry. But I did get to go to my first A&P Show.
We’ve been fortunate to meet and hang out with some pretty amazing people this past year.
We are now off to take advantage of the two week country “shutdown”. We hope you have a great Christmas and New Years!