New Zealand

Nelson Update: My Second Month Abroad

September 22, 2015
Britannia heights

It’s been over two months since I moved to New Zealand and I finally feel like I’m getting over the initial culture shock and homesickness. With any change, I believe the first two months are always the hardest. At first, you have the excitement. Eventually that fades a bit and you start to panic: “what did I get myself into?” My mom told me I did the exact same thing when I left for college and I went on to have the best four years ever. The homesickness comes in waves – some days it doesn’t phase me and other days it makes me feel pretty bummed. The hardest thing for me recently has been missing my sister’s 18th birthday and celebrating her being voted Homecoming Queen. Miss you Jordan!

So anyway….here’s what I’ve been up to for the past month:

I MOVED TO A NEW HOUSE THAT HAS AN OCEAN VIEW!! The image above is the view from my deck. You are probably thinking, “Wait, what? You moved already?” Welllllll…..the boys and I had a new place lined up so we put notice in for our current house. The man ended up selling the house we were moving to, meaning we had to find a new place. We didn’t, so I decided to part ways with them and found a new one on my own.

I am now living with a woman named Denise, her son and nephew. They are all ridiculously nice (of course.) We have a huge deck and my room is in the basement. I can even see a bit of the ocean from my room – it’s a dream come true.


Amy and I at the Aquaculture Conference

Work is great – we’ve signed on a lot of new clients in the past few weeks so there’s tons of new business. Amy (my boss) and I work together really well – I don’t think I could have found a better person to work for. We work in an office with 5 other individuals who have their own companies and they’re all wonderful. If you become like the 5 people you spend the most time with, then I’m in for an exciting career!


I met a girl last weekend named Dena who is from Alabama. She got here a few weeks ago and we’ve been hanging out quite a bit. I chose Nelson because I wanted to meet locals and not other tourists, but there’s something to be said about having someone around who can relate to you. I also didn’t realise locals wouldn’t have the same desire to travel as much as I do. My main purpose here is to travel and it just isn’t a number one priority for most locals I’ve met. So Dena and I are ready to take on New Zealand together.

Dena and I being "shuttle bunnies" for the day

Dena and I being “shuttle bunnies” for the day

My friend Jenna bought plane tickets to come and visit me. HOW COOL IS THAT!!!!

ONE OF MY BLOG POSTS WAS FEATURED ON A TRAVEL WEBSITE! You can read the post on BUNAC’s website here and my original post here.

I went to a seafood conference and got food poisoning for the first time. Luckily I just had the pukes for a day and then felt better. Aren’t you glad I gave you that mental image?? (-:

In case you missed it, you can read about my trip to Hanmer Springs and Christchurch here.

Ok I think that’s all. Thanks for reading my ramblings.

As my good friend Hilary would say, deuces and smooches.


Kaiteriteri Beach

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