pre-flight


Having decided that we didn’t want to spend another year in Austin, and the prospects of me being able to get any job in the education field with a hiring freeze being enforced we decided to make the jump to NZ and look for a job.
I got us visitor visas, easy and free, something that I had not run into yet in my immigration process. We whittled all of our earthly possessions down to fit into three bags and got our house ready to be rented out. The last month was the hardest. We survived only with the help of our neighbors, who did everything from forcing us to relax with a beer on the front lawn, to supplying us with basic living supplies when we were down to NOTHING but still living in our house. Shout out to you guys, the best neighbors ever!
Besides the stress of leaving, the only thing that became a problem was not having anyone to talk to. We spent our last to weeks with Travis’s family in Paris TX. Besides Travis, I didn’t know anyone in Paris, and with no cell phone reception I felt like I had already left the country. It was also at this point that the manager of our house told us he needed over 4K to fix it up before renting it out. That kind of money was not something I had planned on dropping before leaving for NZ. Oh well. Can’t changed our plans now.

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