24.05.2009 - 21.09.2009 15 °C
Time has flown, I cant believe it. Its now a year since we moved to NZ, a bit more for Marty and Eleni. This year has felt so different to the time we spent in Montreal and a completely different pace.
It has been a little hard not to compare Rotorua, NZ with our year in Montreal or even the 3 years before that in Brisbane.
Finding accommodation, buying two cars and a house, Jen finding work and Eleni starting school has certainly made this year go past fast.
As a little catch up from the last entry (May - sorry):
Our dog Clifford has quadrippled in size.
We didn't get any more snow. Winter just got cold, not as cold as a Montreal winter but the buildings are less well insulated/heated than in Canada. We also discovered the beautiful big, room for all the extended family, house we are renting is much harder to heat than the little, cosy 3 beadroom house we started our NZ adventure in.
In June to celebrate the shortest day of the year, Scion has a tradition of taking a dip in the frigid Blue Lake. I (Marty) decided to try it, in the spirit of immersing myself in work culture. I did it, it was freezing, the mulled wine and chocolate fish (fish shaped, chocolate coated marshmellows for the non-Kiwi's) helped but I'm not rushing in next year.
Jen and Eleni went over to Umina, NSW, Australia to see Jen's family and attend a friends wedding in Sydney. The lucky girls not only got to fly on an Emirates A380, they got invited up to the cockpit by the captain!!!! Very jealous Marty.
Eleni is thriving in school. For most of the last term Eleni has been catching the bus in to school, and more recently we worked out she can catch the bus from her school around to Jen's school where Jen can collect her and drive them both home.
Jen has been working as a year 8 teacher, and now 6 months later has sorted out the relevant paper-work and untangled the red tape to get herself and her qualifications recognised by the NZ education system. School has its ups (organising fun activities and excursions) and downs (really rude children) for her.
As with our last two moves it has taken us some time to settle in and find our way but things are comming together and we are really settling in.