The Road Goes Ever On
The countdown is finally coming to an end. After years of hoping and yearning, I am finally going to New Zealand! For over fourteen years I have been living vicariously through Frodo and company (as I’m writing I’m actually in the middle of a Lord of the Rings marathon) and now I’m finally going to experience Middle Earth for myself! Of course, that’s not my only reason for choosing NZ. Growing up I heard my mom’s stories of her travels around NZ and interactions with her Samoan and Maori friends; I suppose that’s what planted the original seed to visit there myself and have my own adventure.
The impending journey hasn’t hit me yet. The past few days have been less focused on preparation and more so on relishing the remaining time I have to spend in the comfort of home. That being said, in my spare time I find myself searching for anything that has to do with NZ on the internet; there’s always at least one page open on my computer related to NZ. I can barely count the amount of youtube videos I’ve watched of Kapa Haka competitions (one of my faves) or about general life in NZ (I’m very guilty of practicing pukana whenever I look into a mirror). All of this is an attempt to learn about the local culture and hopefully not stick out too much as a “tourist”.
My goals for this trip are pretty straight forward. First is to meet and make friends with as many locals as I can, especially pacific islanders. From them I see the greatest opportunity to learn and also create a home away from home. The second, come back knowing how to do a killer Kiwi accent. And the third, as one of my favorite youtubers says, live the adventure. Seize the opportunity and make memories that you’ll never forget.
And thus I leave you with the perfect song for the start of any journey and the inspiration for this post’s title:
The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.
Also, side note, I’m still trying to figure out the tone for this blog so be prepared for possible turbulence ( I think that’s a good way of putting it).