While all the previous posts were written while in New Zealand, in the moment, then typed up much later, this one is real life, right now. I have been home for exactly 3 months. I’ve had plenty of time to reflect on the journey Lacey and I took. Sure, life goes on. I’ve gone back to work and gotten back into a routine. I’ve dropped the fake New Zealand accent that I may or may not have tried to bring back to the states. I am living in a house with two other people, as opposed to a small confined room with up to 10 others. A lot has changed since returning from New Zealand. I am very appreciative of the fact that I was able to embark on such a once in a lifetime experience. So much of what we did will not be duplicated. I never thought I could spent 3 straight weeks with one person in very close quarters. I got to see some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable.
I also learned about a different culture. I learned about people who care to keep the environment clean. People who are doing their best to help their endangered species become less scarce. I learned more on this trip than I can possibly put into words.
I think the biggest takeaway from this trip is just how small we are. There’s a large number of people who would consider themselves die hard Packer fans. There’s millions of people world wide who don’t know a single rule to the game of football, let alone know who the Green Bay Packers are. In a large world, we are tiny. Until you experience another culture, it might be a hard concept to grasp. The landscape is another thing that really put into perspective just how small we actually are. The mountainous landscape that we came across was bigger than I can describe in words. Until you experience some of those places, you’ll have a hard time understanding just how large they can be. Again, we are tiny. I have talked about how much we traveled in New Zealand and how much we truly got to see. There’s still things in that country that we didn’t get to cover that we would have liked to. Once I got home and took a look at a map, and realized just how small that country is, it’s pretty incredible. New Zealand, on a large scale, is a very small area. At any point in time, you are less than a 2 hour drive from the ocean. That being said, we still didn’t get to see everything we wanted to. I urge anybody reading this to take a look at a map of the world and really take a look at what you have seen. I am willing to bet it’s nothing compared to what is out there. There’s so much to see and so much to do. I encourage anybody who reads this to get out and travel. Explore the world. Explore your home country. Just get out and take a trip. Don’t let money be a reason to keep you from experiencing something as unique as traveling to a foreign land or country. Just get out and explore. I know I hope to continue. This experience has really been a once in a lifetime trip and I hope to have plenty more of those types of experiences.