We have about a month now before we head over to the States. To be honest, I’m a bit nervous about it. What will it be like? Will I experience some reverse culture shock? Will I drive my parents and in-laws crazy when we stay with them?!
The answer to the last two questions is probably “Yes – a little” 🙂 We’ll be there for just a smidgen over 6 weeks. That’s time enough to start adjusting. Time enough to start feeling like America is home, when it’s not. It’s just a vacation destination.
This is home. Repeat, “this is home”. Will I be in the US and long for home? Miss our apartment and my friends and my work?
I’m sure that I will. New Zealand is home right now. Not sure that it always will be. Being here means a lot of things. Once Joe is older than 2, we would have to pay for his airfare (currently, we have to pay a $250 fee for him to fly with us). Six plane tickets at $2,000 apiece… what if we have another child? You could easily rack up $10,000 on airfare and baggage fees. Yeesh.
You’ve got to consider stuff like that, and it’s no slight on New Zealand to say that travelingto and from here is expensive. Living here long term would mean that there would be many of my relatives who we’d see only a handful of times. We have a big family (I’ve got 5 sisters, 4 brothers, 2 brothers-in-law, 3 sisters-in-law, 3 nieces and 2 nephews… Chris has 3 brothers, a sister, 3 sisters-in-law, a brother-in-law, and 3 nieces and a nephew… plus we both have more neices and maybe a nephew on the way!). That’s a lot of people, and living here and having to pay that kind of airfare? Well, I’m guessing that we would see them at most once every other year. So, about 10 times in a 20 year time-frame. I’m not too happy about that, although I recognize that, for some people, moving this far away and being so distant from family is part of the appeal 😉
It’ll be interesting to see how I react to being Stateside. I’ll probably be so thrilled at first – just being at the end of so many flights and layovers with a 5 month old will be worth celebrating.
Which brings me to another thing that I’m nervous about: what am I supposed to do with Joe for the trip out there and the trip back? We’ll be traveling for just over 23 hours, 19 of which will be spent in airplanes. The flight back is even longer. What do you do with a 5 month old for that long? How do you pack your carry-on for that? Have any of you done it before? Any tips?