"No such thing as failure, only learning"
The time has come to pack up my gear and head over the pond to New Zealand for another winter. Flights are booked, baggage has been wrestled with to get it under the weight limit ( never gets any easier) and goodbyes said to family and friends.
I like travelling but the actual time In the air I'm not too keen on, to much time sat down and when you 6foot 4 that's not always easy on a plane, and until there's a train through the centre of the earth it's going to stay that way.
Travelling brings about the same cliches such as
-broadening the mind
-meeting new people
-finding 'ones' self
Now, these are all true to an extent(except 'finding ones self, that's not a thing) but I've found that chasing winters brings a slightly different point of view and stresses
-no baggage allowance is EVER enough
-the amount of people that find it funny asking me if my board bag contains a body(funny the first time, but the next person will end up in the bag)
-after 22 hours flying, being asked by that token Aussie in Melbourne airport if it's still raining in the UK, and why would I want to go to New Zealand. Think he answered that question himself.
Oh, and the guy on the plane who gets angry when he's not allowed to use his iPad, that is a thing now! Read a book dude, or actually talk to your kids.
These aren't moans, they are mearly observations and challenges I like to overcome with true British 'smile and nod' style.
Flying was a breeze this time and went fairly quickly and before I knew it I was touching down in Aotaroa.
Picking up a rental car at 2am to drive 5 hours to wanaka probably wasn't my best idea, but stopping at Lake Tekapo for a quick snooze was definitely a good idea. When you get older you get up early, that's a fact. That has its advantages when you get to see sights like this......l
Arriving in Wanaka has that familiar warmth now, kind of like coming home. People come and go, but there's always the locals to say hello to and reconfirm that I'm back in friendly NZ.
I've moved into a sweet house, stepped foot into the amazing workshop and started to get it ready for the busy winter ahead. The mountains have had an early snow and are looking magical once again,Black Peak steals the show.
Here to an exciting winter!