Kia Ora – The first words you hear stepping onto the plane, the greeting followed by a blessing welcoming you to the MIQ facility.. If you’re unfamiliar with this term, “Kia ora is a warm… greeting you’ll hear throughout New Zealand and comes from the indigenous Māori language, te reo. [Used to] …wish someone well as a greeting or farewell, to say thank you, to affirm support, or to say a friendly ‘cheers’” (100% Pure New Zealand, 2021). But to me, Kia Ora means the beginning of a new life, a new adventure, and to a hopeful future. It is what I continue to carry with me as I leave my snow boots and mask in the great white north, taking this barefoot, barefaced adventure down under.
Now, this is where I bring you along with me on this new journey, virtually boarding the plane with me while borders remain closed, creating family memories together while mine remains over 7,000 miles away, Kia ora.
This blog is a space for me to share my journey overseas and invite you to read along until the day we can all explore in person again. Whether it is hiking Mounts, driving down beaches or dining out on the town, may this blog be a space for you to escape for a while. Over the past few years I have been traveling between Canada and New Zealand while in a long distance relationship, I am excited to now fully indulge myself in life here and share the experience of doing so.
And after some turbulence, this is where the Air Ciwi flight lands.
I hope you enjoy your time here on this blog and decide to stay with me to explore, because some company would be nice.
Here is to the beginning of Ciwi – a Canadian exploring life as a Kiwi.