Whoever knows me and my sister was probably surprised when she decided to visit me in New Zealand. To be honest, I was surprised myself. To spend three weeks with Lea, just me and her… ?!? Do not get me wrong, I love my sister and I was happy about her visiting me all alone and was really looking forward to see her again, but on the other hand I was a bit nervous about the whole situation as well. The thing is that me and my sister cannot (could not) really stand each other…
It seems that we were both aware of the ‘problem’. And we dealt with it pretty well! I knew that it would not be healthy for us and our relationship to spend 24/7 together, so I made a travel program for her. First few days she spent with me in Raglan. Later on she went to South Island, traveling on her own, meeting new friends, exploring new places… and she loved it (or at least that what she said to me:) ). After she got back to North Island, me, Lea and my flatmate Thekla hit the road and went exploring Coromandel Peninsula for few days. And we had an awesome time! After we dropped my sister at the airport my heart broke (but don’t worry, it recovered soon as I got back to Rags… 🙂 ).
Of course me and my sister managed to fight as well, but twice only 🙂 It seems like a distance did / does good for us, which makes me think… I do miss my family and friends back home, sometimes more, sometimes less. There are days when I wish they would be (just a bit) closer. But on the other hand I think distance itself is not so bad for relationships (of any kind). Now that I am literally on the other side of the world I talk to my parents more than I did before when I lived with them and when I saw them on a daily basis. I have never taken time to do things with my sister, to go on a trip with her or just to have an easy conversation over a dinner with her. For that we had to come to the other side of the world. It is true that I do not hear from all my friends all the time (but how often do we actually take time for each other even when we live close by?), but I am aware of what’s going on in their lives (just as I would be aware of it when living in the same country). Some people say that I am addicted to Facebook, that I spend too much time writing emails and I that organize my life according to time difference so I can skype with my family and friends. This is all true and I’m not even trying to deny it. But as long as it helps my relationships I don’t see it as a bad thing.
Could I stay in NZ, so far from home, forever? I don’t know. But I think I can manage it for a little longer 🙂 I just hope you guys are already planning trips down under, cause nevertheless I do miss you all!