Monday, March 26, 2012

Saying Goodbye

I spent the last couple days in SD saying goodbye to my friends and family.  This coming weekend we'll be in WI saying goodbye to Beth's family. I already have a lot of interest by friends and family to co me and visit.  Looks like I shouldn't get a real job and just be a professional tour guide for our visitors.  Then again people don't want to pay for my food bill.  Today I tackled a food challenge issued by Robert at the Ideal Diner in Minneapolis.  I ate 3 of Kevin's plate sized yellow batter pancakes along with a side of eggs (2) and bacon (3). 

2 weeks ago I was walked out of the office and I quickly immersed myself in a Wilderness First Responder course.  I spent 11 days in Arkansas and I learned a lot of useful skills in the course.  I'm now spending my time getting everything ready for our departure.  I have a list of loose ends to take care of here so that we can enjoy our time in NZ and not worry about the life we put on hold in MN. 

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Just a destination so far: New Zealand

We are moving to New Zealand.  Where you ask?  I don't know.  What will you be doing?  I don't know.  I do know that my travel usually revolves around this principle "a backpack and a fistful of cash." You can join us in our adventure as I'll try to keep this up to date with where we ended and what I end up doing.

In December, Beth and I decided to move to New Zealand.  Since then I've been working with BUNAC to get a work visa, purchased tickets, and start to research the job and living market.  In February I announced that I would be quitting my job for the last 7 years.  Beth has worked out a deal with her employer to work remotely for the planned length of our adventure.  She has to work Tuesday through Saturday starting at 6 am.  Not too bad as we'll be 19 hours ahead of Central time.