I keep changing my mind about whether ‘icy hellscape’ was a funny description of Dunedin because it’s the opposite of the truth, a hyperbole of the truth, or an upsettingly accurate expression of the truth.
Whichever, that’s been my dumb go-to for Dunedin since Steph and I moved down here on February 27, 2017. We moved for a variety of reasons. The short, truncated, not-quite-accurate version was because of the price of Auckland rent.
It’s been weird. It’s been bad. It’s been good. It’s been utterly sideways to whatever expectations I had.
It’s too easy to accidentally come off as more negative than intended, so I don’t want to get into the challenges we’ve had in too much detail. The good news is, only about three months were dead awful (RIP mid-2018 Steph and Strahan, may your wizened ghosts be forever blackened by emotional torment). The rest has been a smushed up mix from kinda terrible, to very, very wonderful.
And it’s just been getting better and better, right as we get ready to leave. In the last several weeks we’ve escaped some dementors, found a lovely new job (well, one of us has), and seen some friendships begin to grow.
We’re about to return to familiar Northland ground. I can’t wait. And weirdly, I already can’t wait to visit my friends down here in Dunedin too.
I meant to put together a thought-out Best Of The Trip thing. But here are some off-the-top-of-my-dome highlights of the last year and a half. Go find yourself some public domain MIDI piano music and pretend it’s a holiday powerpoint slideshow:
We met these penguins and this rabbit.
I made friends with some other Worst Idea fans. One of them embroidered one of my drawings and sent it to me. Amazing.
I started this Nicki Minaj x Beach Boys remix project which went basically nowhere.
I think I did like four Unboxing Without Thumbs episodes down here before deciding Never Again. Youtube it if you like bad things.
To finish, my animated impression of Steph and I as ghosts on a Northland beach. I drew this from a dark space, wondering if we'd be happy or feel alive when we got there. Two days out from moving up, we're happy already. I think we bounce quick.