Happy two years traveling and two years blogging about it!
It’s been two years since we started blogging about our travel adventures and we’re still going strong. When this anniversary rolled around last year we were finishing up our last few weeks teaching English in South Korea, an experience that we will remember for the rest of our lives and one that has changed us in all kinds of ways. This year we’re living in London, almost half-way through our two-year Visas and about to embark on the world-famous (maybe) Waitangi Day Circle Line Pub Crawl. Here are five things we’ve learned about ourselves along the way.
South Korea; we had a bit of a love hate relationship and we often wondered if we’d made the right decision not renewing our contracts for another year. This past weekend we took the opportunity to stop over for a couple of days in the place we called home for 12 months and found ourselves battling a mixed bag of emotions.
After spending 3 weeks in Australia, 5 days in the UAE and 1 day in London I’m feeling like quite the traveller. I’ve eaten a whole bunch of new foods, experienced new cultures, taken a couple of hundred photos, laughed with family and friends and enjoyed exploring the local sights but something isn’t quite right, something is bringing me down. Read more
Whilst we were overseas many people remarked to us about New Zealand’s beauty and how lucky we were to be able to call it our home. Most of the time we shrugged this off, not really appreciating what it means to live in a country that has so much space and so fewer people. After a year living in South Korea the shoe is now on the other foot and we can’t stop gushing about New Zealand and constantly pointing out all of the things that are so dramatically different to SoKo.
A simple trip around the local supermarket is enough to get me started… blue cheese, brown bread, olives, salami, Speights; I missed you! It’s nice to amble along with your trolley and enjoy the relative anonymity, no staring , elbowing or promo girls pestering you makes for quite the relaxing supermarket adventure. I won’t lie, asking for things in English is awesome. Being given an answer in English is equally awesome especially since it comes with an accent I’d forgotten we even had and usually includes ‘sweet’ or ‘fo sure’ tagged on the end.
Something about the familiar just makes things so much easier. Granted it’s not as fast paced and flashy as the bright lights of Seoul but somethings are new and it’s still pretty comfortable. Like an old couch you’ve just had recovered. It’s hard to explain all the sights and sounds so here’s a collection of words that sum up our first week back in NZ.
Speights. BrownBread. Cheese. Driving. Green. SweetAs. SourCream. RedBull. Spacious. Grass. Pets. Beautiful. Ocean. Family. Produce. BBQs. Malls. RubbishBins. Dollars. Diversity. FlipFlops. NoRice. Salad. Trees. Avocado. Sunshine. BlueCheese. Lamb. MeatPies. ClearSky. Burritos. Expensive. Salmon. Beaches.