AK - DN

We flew down Monday February 27 2017.

Hired a Swift from Jucy without even booking. Bought a real Swift of our own within a couple of days. It's green. Or blue. Depends which paperwork you're reading. We had our hearts set on a Jimny, but as I write this, a few weeks deeper into a financial situation that reflects all too well how much we underestimated the cost of relocation, I'm very happy that we didn't qualify for the higher priced vehicle on finance.

Many trips to op-shops, K-Mart and The Warehouse later, we got our house filled with furniture and this kookaburra door stop.

Our address wasn't in any database, power luckily worked in the meantime, internet took about three weeks.

Steph finished reading the Harry Potter series while we lived out of boxes, offline.

Steph finished reading the Harry Potter series while we lived out of boxes, offline.

I'll back up. 2016:
Back in Auckland, a lot of folks were complaining about getting shaken off the home ownership ladder. Meanwhile we were slowly falling off the rental market. As rent continued to rise,we were growing tired of feeling like victims, and finding ourselves almost habitually complaining about being poor.

We decided to own our situation instead of being owned by it. We were simply going to make Auckland work for us, or get outta there. A big part of this decision was wrapped up in choosing to piggyback onto some friends' trip to the USA. You can't make such a financially irresponsible move as an overseas trip and still complain about not being about to afford rent, right? This trip was the point of no return, regarding taking charge of our lives. Also it was cool seeing big cities and big deserts.

During the trip, we found ourselves saying "maybe we could move here" pretty much every new city we visited. Even Phoenix. Phoenix. That was a pretty clear sign that it was time to work on moving away from Auckland the moment we got back.

So we did. Now we're in Dunedin. It's going well I think.

March 1. Signal Hill Lookout.

March 1. Signal Hill Lookout.

March 2. Started new job. View from the office.

March 2. Started new job. View from the office.

March 4. Cliffs by St. Clair.

March 4. Cliffs by St. Clair.

March 4. Ravensbourne. We wanted to go to Port Chalmers but were too tired so stopped here.

March 4. Ravensbourne. We wanted to go to Port Chalmers but were too tired so stopped here.

March 6. My birthday. This birthday watermelon turned out to be rotten.

March 6. My birthday. This birthday watermelon turned out to be rotten.

March 6. Cool mural on Otago peninsula. On our way to see some penguins.

March 6. Cool mural on Otago peninsula. On our way to see some penguins.

March 13. Filling our knick-knacks space pretty effectively.

March 13. Filling our knick-knacks space pretty effectively.

March 17. Started with a trip to the Emergency Room. Everything is fine.

March 17. Started with a trip to the Emergency Room. Everything is fine.

March 18. Finally made it to Port Chalmers. Found this spider making friends with this bug.

March 18. Finally made it to Port Chalmers. Found this spider making friends with this bug.

Oh yeah and then we turned around and had this cool view of Quarantine Island.

Oh yeah and then we turned around and had this cool view of Quarantine Island.

April 1. Winding old road on the way to Aramoana.

April 1. Winding old road on the way to Aramoana.

April 1. Aramoana: the place of New Zealand's only mass shooting and also this cool shaped rock.

April 1. Aramoana: the place of New Zealand's only mass shooting and also this cool shaped rock.

April 2. Field trip to Otago Museum, Steph met my workmates and also butterflies. This was one of the butterflies.

April 2. Field trip to Otago Museum, Steph met my workmates and also butterflies. This was one of the butterflies.

April 3. Steph has time to paint now because she's not a teacher. It's rad.

April 3. Steph has time to paint now because she's not a teacher. It's rad.

April 8. Went to the aviary and found this pheasant that we thought looked a lot like our friend Alice.

April 8. Went to the aviary and found this pheasant that we thought looked a lot like our friend Alice.

April 9. Today. Went up Mt. Cargill. Took this photo. Wrote this blog. I hope I keep it up. I'm not as cripplingly homesick as I thought I'd be, but I miss a lot of people right now.

April 9. Today. Went up Mt. Cargill. Took this photo. Wrote this blog. I hope I keep it up. I'm not as cripplingly homesick as I thought I'd be, but I miss a lot of people right now.