Clare Moves to Cologne travel blog







First, welcome to my journal everyone. Here is where you can spy on me and what I'm up to. I'll do my best to keep it current and interesting for you...

Well I leave in just 2 weeks and 4 days for my big move to Cologne to be with my lovely partner Sebastian. I'm getting pretty excited but also thinking about how much I'll miss NZ.

My parents were generous enough to take me to the West Coast recently. I hadn't seen it...Or what I had seen of I haven't remembered as I was a kid at the time.

See my South Island map to view our stops. We stayed overnight at Westport, where we found a wonderful, warm beach. Then headed to Punakaiki to see the Pancake Rocks and seal colony. We came back through the vast, scenic Arthur's Pass where I got nice and close to some Keas - the only mountain parrot in the world, right here in NZ. They are cheeky, confident, smart birds and very entertaining to watch. And beautiful when they spread their wings and show you the red flashes they keep hidden when they walk around. Me and the parents had a great time and the weather was perfect.

Then to celerate Sebastian's birthday on the 17th, his father (who was over from Germany) took us to Kaikoura (see map) to go dolphin swimming. That, too, was an idyllic day. We swam with literally hundreds of wild Dusky dolphins. Adults as well as calves all came out to party with us. And they didn't hold back. We were treated to dozens and dozens of somersaults, back-flips and jumps. What amazing creatures. We rounded the day off with a tasty seafood meal at a cafe by the roadside before heading back on the 2 hour drive to Christchurch. I was also pleased to finally get a NZ bone carving - an engraved fish hook necklace.

So I've been lucky. I've seen more of what I consider my home country before I leave.

But, yes, it is sad to leave in a way, even though I'm really looking forward to a change. I will miss the casual, laid-back Kiwi attitude, the beaches, the keas(!), the mountains, the nightsky, the greens of the vegetation, the sunsets...But mostly I will miss my family and friends. It will be hard to leave them.

But change is good and I generally thrive on it. Cannot wait to learn German and get out and about in a big city....I'll keep you posted!

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