Thursday, August 02, 2012

Auckland highs & lows

(view of the Auckland Sky Tower/ CBD from Mt Eden - pictures by me)

Jeremy and I shifted to Auckland just over a month ago and the time has gone so fast. Since it was our first big move since getting married I thought I'd take a look back on the highs and lows of this journey so far.

Highs:

  • So many more things to see and do. So many cafes to explore, parks to exercise in, restaurants to try, fun events to go, markets to browse. 
  • Living near family. It has been a long time since we've lived in the same place as any of our family and we're appreciating it so much. 
  • Doing something with our lives. I'm finally in my career and absolutely loving having a job that I actually want to go to each day. And Jeremy has begun studying a Bachelor of Business and is enjoying being a student and working towards a qualification.
  • Still being close to friends. We left a lot of amazing people behind in Hamilton but the great thing is- it's still so close. Every weekend since moving we've still been able to see our friends and do things together and for that I'm so grateful. Secondly, we've also been able to re-connect with some old friends in Auckland as well which is just as great. 
Lows:

  • The cost of living. Our bills pretty much doubled since moving here which is kinda painful on the pocket (especially while Jeremy is studying so not bringing in a full time income) but it's still manageable thank goodness
  • Traffic. I'm actually only regarding this as a semi-low because for the most part Jeremy and I both have it pretty lucky with Auckland traffic and haven't had to experience the worst of it too much. But the other day I did get stuck in the CBD at peak time and only moved 3kms in an hour so that wasn't the most fun.
All in all life is pretty good! I'm definitely feeling grateful that we decided to make the move and get out of our comfort zones. The highs far outweigh the lows :)

10 comments:

  1. It's so exciting to move to new places, my university is in quite a little, sleepy town and I want to move to a new city after I finish uni and it's getting me so excited for it, even if I know it will mean leaving friends and a huge jump in cost for me! Hope everything is going well for you! xx

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  2. Making me emotional looking at the pictures, knowing the other side of the bridge is where my family are!
    Looking forward to more posts about Auckland, by far the most beautiful place I have lived in xXx

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  3. Sounds like you guys are adjusting! it must be nice living so close to fun areas and family! I'm so excited to here more about Auckland! :D

    <3 Sharmaine Ruth
    underpeachtrees.blogspot.com

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  4. Auckland sounds so great! Glad to hear youve settled in!

    Grace
    http://gracep-photos.blogspot.com

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  5. Glad you're enjoying Auckland! It's quite an amazing place ;)

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  6. Sounds like the pros far outnumber the cons! Good for you two! <3

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  7. Auckland is expensive and cumbersome to get around - but there are so many great spots! I'm glad you're enjoying it :)

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  8. We find it's the same living in central London....it's all so expensive, but you do get so much more going on! I figure it's worth taking advantage of whilst we're young, and then in a few years we can move somewhere cheaper with more room, when we've gotten all we can out of living in town!

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  9. enjoyed reading your reflections on the move. How has cost of living doubled? thats seems like a huge difference. is it rents are more? On gold coast our rent is actually the same as it was in Melbourne but that was because of our choice in place, most places its cheaper, food is about the same, bills and petrol etc similar. its more that the lifestyle here is one where you dont spend as much. so i saved heaps in my first year living here.

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  10. is biking an option against traffic there? I don't know the distances and the terrain, so I'm just sayin' :)

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