After writing our half year evaluation in February, I was not expecting that I would write a post on returning in May. Moving to New Zealand was my most interesting experience in life so far. It was an amazing adventure in the most beautiful country I can imagine. However, career wise it did not work out for me and might become real hard for Dirk as well if we had decided to stay.
The end of March was the deadline. In February I had a couple of great leads for jobs and it all looked really promising. Dirk was already talking of going back to Europe, but I had great hopes on finding a cool job after searching for months. In our bellies we were missing Holland, our family and friends, but we were still enjoying the deep blue seas and purple mountains. We were not in a hurry to move back, but it would be our long term plan if it would not work out with my job leads.
Coming closer to the deadline I got a bit more worried in getting one of the jobs. In New-Zealand everything moves a bit more slowly, so my patience was really tested. Why did we come up with a deadline you might wonder. Why not continue searching? Well, the deadline was for two reasons. First, although it is quite cheap to live here, I was running out of money. Second, even more important, keeping a good state of mind. Some of you know how it disheartening it can be looking for months to find a job. It is even worse in a country on the other side of the world where you are uncertain of the rules, where the economy is not flourishing at all and, most importantly ,where you do not have your friends and family to fall back to. I felt homesick for the first time since I was 10. So, a deadline was just good sense.
And it worked! After the deadline passed I was still without a job, but now I could sit back and relax. Once more enjoy the deep blue sees and purple mountains. Walking the Heaphy track, flying above Abel Tasman, sipping wine in Havelock, all things I could enjoy without worrying finding a job in New-Zealand. Of course in the back of my mind a new worry was creeping to the surface, but that one I could beat with confidence: I know Holland and I know a lot of people in Holland. And I am really enjoying preparing my return. I am really happy to return and meet again everyone I know.
There is of course a downside as well. I will leaving my new, lovely NZ friends behind, the relaxed lifestyle of sunny Nelson and Dirk is staying a couple of months longer to finish his training. A few weeks ago I was quite frustrated that it did not work out here, but I made my peace with it. It is not a bad thing or a failure that it did not work out to settle here. My goal was to find out if it was possible or not to build up a life in a different country. On many aspects it is was possible, like creating a home for ourselves and find friends to hang out with, but career wise it was not. Or not yet.