Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Kia ora from Aotearoa!

After visa delays and some time visiting family before leaving Canada, we've finally arrived in New Zealand!

Moving 15,000 km across the world and starting work the next day turned out to be a hell of a challenge, but in the eight days since arrival we've found a gorgeous place to live (pics to follow) and my job is promising even more exciting opportunities than I'd imagined.

Although there have been a few moments of cross-cultural confusion and frustration, I don't know if I've ever experienced such high quality customer service in setting up the things that make everyday life work, and the overall friendliness and helpfulness of Kiwis (as well as my expat colleagues) is nothing short of brilliant. I'm still in awe of the beauty of my surroundings and I wake up every morning with a clear sense that life is good.

So far I'm working on a new major research proposal, and I'm being kept busy developing new courses in Design Anthropology and Design+Culture, within our Culture+Context programme. I'll post more on that as it comes together, but I need to catch up on my Space & Culture editorial duties first.

In my spare time I've managed to source some great beer and cheese. I'm also trying to master the 100 Maori words every New Zealander should know and figure out how it is that I always seem to be walking uphill.


Blogger Carl Douglas said...

welcome to nz the more people doing interesting work around here the better!

Blogger Trevor said...

Thanks for the update


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