Time has been flying. I’ve finished up at work and said a lot of goodbyes to friends and family (it’s always fun until the end of the evening). I found a little digital camera – sony cybershot 14.1 mp – with a really cool panoramic picture mode where you sweep a scene and it will take a series of photos. It will then put the photos together to make a nice panoramic shot. Perfect for my trip to New Zealand. I got all my gear for riding from my local shop – the gear will hopefully let me avoid checking out the New Zealand healthcare system.
Broke down my bike. At this point I still had to fit my gear, tools and tires. Yup.. ill be overweight.
Today, I dissemble my bike to get it ready for travel. That was a good 45 min job! Ive also packed almost all of my stuff into my backpack – it fit! I was originally planning on getting a 50 Litre pack, but chose a 70 Litre in the end, and I’m glad I did!
My backpack - everything fits! Poster in background outlines work road trip. I'm travelling north to south and then back up north.
I’m getting rid of a lot of stuff; bed, lamps, tables, chairs, desk are all being left behind. Stuff I’ve collected over the past five years are being passed on to a friend. I have all of my belongings in a backpack and a bike bag and I love it.
Now to the crazy news! I got a two-month job contract in Auckland and the job involves a little bit travel. I will be going on a three-week trip to do promotions and marketing in May. I will be able to see a little bit of Palmerton North, Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch and Hamilton!! My girlfriend has found an apartment in Auckland, so accommodation is sorted. So for the first part of my adventure to New Zealand I will be based out of Auckland. I will start the job a week after I arrive
This time next week I will be in New Zealand!
Ive spent the last 5 years pretty much doing the same routine; wake up – go to work – come home – ride – eat – relax – sleep. Pretty comfortable life, really. Hang out with friends on weekends, hit up the cottage in the summer, take in a show through the week, pay the bills and that was pretty much my life. Now that I am moving to another country I really do not know what to expect. It’s really exciting not knowing where I am going to be living or working in the next couple of weeks. In 13 days and im homeless – and that’s pretty sweet!
So I’ve got a lead on a job in Auckland. Not sure if it will work out or not, but it’s something. That has lit a fire under my ass to get my resume in working order or should I say my CV. Ive never written a CV before, but it seems to be just a really long-winded resume. From what I’ve researched it is much more detailed then a resume and you must list all of your accomplishments and life goals. In Latin CV stands for ‘the course of one’s life.’ The CV should be a minimum of 2 pages and so far I’ve got one and half pages. What does that say about my life? Damn you CV! Maybe I will just beef up the font so it stretches out. Nothing like a CV done in entire 16pt font. I better get back at it…18 days until departure and 7 days left at work. Crazy.
So this weekend I was hanging out with my brother and his girlfriend and we were talking about my trip and me being away for a year. Now I know a year seems like a long time, but really it’s not. My brother listened to this radio program where an older guy was talking about how time seems to go by faster as you grow older. (I totally agree with this statement – remember when you were a kid and summers would last forever. Now it seems the summers fly by in the blink of an eye! ) This older guy then used an example of how fast time does fly and challenged others to do it. There are 52 weekends in a year. Take 52 marbles and place them in a jar and as every weekend passes take a marble out of the 52 marble jar and put it in another. This will allow you too see how fast time passes and give you an idea of how much time you have left in that year.
My take on this is that I will try and collect something each week, so that at the end of my trip I will have 52 mementos that should represent every weekend I had in New Zealand. At the end of my trip I should be able to line up my 52 momentos and break down my year abroad.
What do you think of this idea? Do you feel like time goes faster as you grow older?
I can’t believe how fast time is flying! I have 23 days until departure – crazy. This past week I’ve been trying to organize all my last minute visits with friends and family. It’s funny because you think you have all the time in the world when you look at a calendar – 3 three weeks. Unfortunately, when you work full time that’s only 3 weekends to see people. Dammmnn where’s the time going!
I’m working this weekend to make some extra cash for the trip, the more $$ the better. I’ve been thinking about how weird it will be to not to have a job and a steady pay cheque. Hopefully I will find work quickly! I think I best get to work on my resume next week, try and get a jump on it before I get to Auckland.
I purchased my travel insurance at Travel CUTS this week, cheaper than I thought it was going to be. My folks are willing to put my bike under their home insurance, as travel insurance will not cover the cost of a bike. I was kinda shitting myself, as I couldn’t find any insurance companies to insure sporting equipment. I didn’t even think that would be an issue, but my folks came to the rescue. Thanks mom and dad!
Next issue: I Need to get a camera. Does anyone have any suggestions on a nice camera for travelling?