So this is it. We’re moving to almost the other side of the world, to the mythic New Zealand. Ten timezones, Two and a half days travel and more sheep than you can shake a stick at.
The reason I’m leaving
I always wanted to move around and experience other cultures and growing to be a better person. There so many things to see in this world that cannot be fully experienced remotely.
Six years ago I realized that my hometown didn’t give me those things I wanted. Still today I don’t know what those things is, but I wasn’t happy. And I think my friends and family noticed that. With a lot of help I moved to Stockholm and during many times I had to retreat home to Norrland and lick my wounds. But in the end I made it and created a new life for myself here in Stockholm.
I have felt that urge for some time now, this itching sensation that life is a bit gloomy and boring.
The time for change is now.
Moving to another country can of course happen at a whim. A lot of people to this daily, and I believe that it’s part of the human evolution to explore other places. Why else have we spread all over on, above and below earth as soon as we had the technical means to it?
What really hold me at a place is comfort and security, and I believe that many others feel the same way. An adventure can be risky by putting both social investments and life standards at risk. I’m not really a gambler, so the last months up to the decision was a lot of thinking.
I searched for a place that I would give me the same pleasure to live in as Sweden. I truly believe that there are few places as awesome as this little scandinavian country at the border of the polar region. Good health standards, safe community with a fantastic nature. But there are places equally good with other benefits in the world.
Why I found New Zealand great
I might get a little out of hand when I claim that New Zealand is one of those places. But I truly believe so. It is a country that is both ragged and beautiful, calm and adventurous at the same time. According to sources there is 4.4 million people living there and about 44 million sheep. It’s roughly the half the size of Sweden. It has tropical beaches and mountain ranges perfect for snowboarding. They like coffee, have vineyards, a lot of climate and volcanoes. Kiwis have as well an almost unhealthy interest in rugby and their All blacks national superteam.
Don’t forget the outlandish animals that lives there. The kea, the giant weta, a bunch of pinguins and whales. And as said before sheep, but I don’t think they moved to NZ by themselves. 😛
We’ll be moving to Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. It has a interesting nickname; ‘Windy Welly’. I’m not sure that I like that, but hey, I’m used to the swedish unpredictable weather. Whereas the swedish extreme temperature range over a year can be +30C to -30C, Wellington have a historical max and min temperature of +26C to +2C. Quite a difference, but it’s not australia like many swedes believe.
I’ll be working for a web development company called SilverStripe where I will do my usual excellent work as a nerd. I’m starting at the 15th of august and I’m really looking forward at working in a smaller company with a really good track record.
Right now we’re looking at finding a place to live and using their kiwi ebay, Tradme.co.nz, to find a dwelling that suits us.
So the last day for me in Sweden for a long time will be the 9th of August, whereas I will climb into a plane and land 33 hours laters in my new homecountry.