The last couple of days at the McMillans have been wonderful. Living and working with them has proved to be the Kiwi experience of a lifetime for sure! The last two times we left Glenfellen, there were lots of hugs and “see you soon!”’s. This time, it was a little bit different, because this time we’re leaving New Zealand.
For the past couple of months, we’ve been in touch with a few Kiwi companies, working towards settling down on the South Island, specifically near Christchurch. I got a job offer from one spectacular company, E2 Digital Marketing, who has an impressive clientele, great experience, and what seems to be an enthusiastic, fun marketing team. For months I thought it would be the perfect job, but the closer we came to the end of our WWOOFing journey, the more Andrew and I realized that we didn’t want to settle in a city after all, no matter where it was.
We hemmed and hawed for weeks trying to decide what to do next, but for many reasons, have decided that coming back to the States would allow us the opportunity that we’ve always wanted to “go Kiwi”… just in a different place.
About a month ago, we booked our flights home. We’ve been keeping it a secret since then so we could surprise a few friends and family members upon arrival.
We’re so sorry to say goodbye to all of our amazing new friends in New Zealand, but we suspect we’ll be back for a visit sooner rather than later. New Zealand IS God’s own country, after all.
On Tuesday afternoon, we took one more walk up the back of Glenfellen farm to enjoy the views, reminisce a little bit, and say goodbye (for now) to what is perhaps our favorite place in the world.
We got up just in time on Wednesday morning to get a teary goodbye from Judi, hugs from Ross and Shannon, and lots of sloppy doggy kisses.
We made our way North to Christchurch just in time to pack our bags and sell our car.
And now, here I am on the final leg of our flight back home from Christchurch to Atlanta, eager to see what the next big adventure’s going to be.
‘Til next time, New Zealand. Cheers and thanks for all the laughs!