Sunday, January 01, 2006

Post No. 91 - Looking back on 2005

So it's here, the end of the year!

2005 has been a rollercoaster ride for us, a very exciting year where we don't seem to have sat still for more than 2 seconds at a time!

What we did this year:
  • redecorated our flat in preperation for selling
  • sold our flat
  • moved half of our belongings to my Dad's loft
  • moved out of our flat to a room in the city centre
  • sat ACCA exams (Graeme)
  • left work
  • had a great leaving party
  • left Scotland
  • moved more of our belongings to my Dad's loft
  • had a leaving gathering in Essex
  • left England
  • arrived New Zealand
  • spent a month travelling around North Island
  • (during which Graeme had job interviews and secured a job in Palmy)
  • found a house to rent
  • started work
  • saw more of New Zealand (but only North Island)
  • submitted our expression of interest for NZ residency
  • learnt to play Squash and took part in a tournament (Graeme)
  • went to Australia to the Gold Coast to catch up with family
  • invited to apply for NZ residency
  • start new job (Kate)
  • receive our first visitor
  • enjoyed our first NZ xmas with a BBQ!

Wow! What a list - and I am sure I have missed heaps of stuff off it!

And I can honestly say that whatever happens I am so glad that we got this far and did what we did!
Coming to New Zealand has been an amazing experience, it's a beautiful country with a lot to offer.
It's not been an easy ride and there are some days when I have come close to booking a ticket back to the UK but I haven't done it and don't plan to in the near future.

We have a lot more hurdles to jump and bridges to cross (what other well-used sayings can I use here?!) but tomorrow is a new year and I look forward to a new set of challenges and even more adventures!

Wishing you all a safe and prosperous 2006,

1 comment:

Graeme and Claire said...

Happy New Year from Dublin, hope you had a good one!
Thanks for your Christmas card, we will get organised next year and maybe attempt to send some! Our 2005 list is a bit similar to yours (but not as far away) so we understand (a bit) what you must be feeling. We are so glad that you are enjoying your new life in New Zealand and wish you the best of luck in 2006 for all the exciting stuff that's ahead.