Sunday, 20 September 2009


I'm back a little under 5 weeks and my life in New Zealand feels like another lifetime. I know we all get that feeling a few days after we get back from hols.. you have a great holiday and then suddenly, one day, it's as if you were never away. That's what has happened in relation to my life in NZ. I wasn't expecting it though. I think 2 years deserves more than that but there doesn't seem to be much I can do about it.

I wouldn't go as far as saying that I'm settled back here yet. That will take a while. I'm still not back in my apartment. I'm in a new job (same employer but different department and totally different job). Still trying to catch up with friends who I haven't seen in a long time. Desperately (but failing) to adjust to the cost of life in Ireland. Buying a car (Yaris for those who are interested). Missing my nephew Matthew about the house. On the plus side I'm in Europe so city weekend breaks are at least an option if inexpensive options can be found. I'm seeing friends who I haven't seen for 9 months, or in some cases 2 years. Autumn colours. Family. Unfortunately decent coffee isn't in the plus list.

But luckily, and this I don't expect to last, the rain has not been that bad the last few weeks. This time of year is often one of the nicer times of year here so that at least is something positive :)