The Treadmill that is New Zealand
It is officially October here, which means there are officially two more weeks of classes left! Exams go for a month after that, but even still, the semester is coming to a close! I absolutely can not believe I’ve been here for a little more than three months now. Time has just flown by. People ask me if I’m ready to come home at this point or if I just want to stay forever. Honestly, it’s a mix of both. My time in NZ I have left kind of feels like I’m on this treadmill going really fast and I’m trying to keep up with it. I still have so many things I want to do and see, but so little time. For a country as small as New Zealand, there sure are a whole lot of things to keep you busy. This past week I visited Queenstown for a few days, but even in that time, I wasn’t able to do everything I wanted to do. It was an amazing time hiking and exploring the area, but there is always something more to do. I’m fortunate enough to have my dad come visit and travel with me for a few weeks after exams end, but even during that time, there will be so much of NZ that I don’t get to experience. That’s ok though. There will always be something else, something more you want to do, but time (and especially money) sometimes doesn’t allow it. But that does not mean I can’t come back here and pick up just where I’ll leave off.
At the same time, I’m excited to go home and see my family and friends. This study abroad experience, although it went by fast, was a long time away from home. I think it’s longer than the time my friends in Europe will have. It’s crazy to think about I started my travelling in late June and here it is early October already. When November comes, I know I’ll be ready to see my family and be home. FaceTime and Snapchat are starting to get old. I’m excited to see everyone back home in person again. Nothing against New Zealand, but five months is a long time. So to answer that loaded question I posed earlier, I’m both ready to stay in New Zealand for longer, but also ready to come home. It’s a strange mix, but encouraging. It means that I have to make the most of the time I have left and that I already know I want to start planning my next trip back!