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.
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.