Last week was the start of my final term at Canterbury, which means it’s now less than 2 months until I fly home. I’m finding it hard to believe that I’ve been here for over 9 months and that my time here is almost over, the year has gone by incredibly quickly.
My feelings about nearing the end of my year abroad are conflicting. I’m really looking forward to being back home and seeing all my family and friends again, but I’m also sad that my time in New Zealand is almost at an end. I’ve had such an amazing time here, visiting some beautiful places and doing exciting things, whilst learning lots about New Zealand, its culture and of course its geology.
I’m really looking forward to being back home for the first time in almost 12 months and there’s a few things in particular that I can’t wait to be reunited with. Winter is on the way here in New Zealand so it will be nice to go back to lighter evenings and slightly warmer weather. I’m also of course looking forward to seeing my family and friends who I haven’t seen for almost a year. I’ve also missed a few bizarre things from home that I didn’t expect to miss, including cheese (New Zealand cheese just isn’t as good), good chocolate (although Whittaker’s is pretty good), unsmoked bacon (I haven’t been able to find any here) and not getting sunburnt when it’s cloudy (thanks to the ozone layer hole, I’ve learnt the importance of putting sunscreen on in all weathers).
There’s also a long list of things I’ll miss about New Zealand, including the stunning scenery almost everywhere you look, the friendly locals, reliable busses, the laid back pace of life and the pies.
Although I’m nearing the end of my year abroad, the next 2 months will be far from quiet with exams, assignments, kayaking, hiking and once again trying to condense all my belongings into 30kg before preparing myself for thr 36 hour task of flying home. I still have a long list of places that I want to visit or revisit and walks I’d like to do and I doubt I’ll have time to do everything on my list, meaning I may have to have a second trip to New Zealand (although hopefully when I’m not on a student budget).