One year to this day there was a change in the life of a Kiwi. One year to this day a Kiwi met a Gaucho. Moving to Napier, New Zealand was a chance to start a new life away from the office monotony – little did she know she was in for the best summer and a relationship that would not only take her to new places and on new adventures but also give her an insight into a country she knew little about but desired to explore, Argentina.
Our first trip together was up the East Coast to Tolaga Bay. Only a couple of weeks into our first year, we packed up the car with food and hit the road to see where it would take us. Of course I took most the cupboard with me for a 2 day journey and had meals mentally prepared for a week – who knows where you may get stranded. We found ourselves in Mahia Peninsula the first night and ended up setting up “camp” on the side of a gravel road next to a sign that said: “Keep Out”. Almost blown away by the wind we made it through the first of which would become many nights sleeping in interesting locations in the back of a van.
4 months of summer followed and there was plenty of fun to be had. We swam at the beach, ate fish and chips, shared many meals with wine, went to dress up parties, swam with sharks and shared new friends. Then there were more adventures together exploring the many picturesque spots of the North Island, such as the Tongariro Crossing, and Taupo – where we found out we were willing to jump off cliffs together (into water – all very safe[ish]). Over many great breakfast feasts shared we arrived at a moment – all or nothing, travel together or each their own way.
As I sit here in Adelaide, Australia serving up a yerba maté I smile at what the last year has brought. Also I think about my days here spent drinking maté, watching Argentinian shows such as Alejo & Valentina (“Tengo chaleco viteh”), listening to Argentinian music, talking about Argentinian food (can’t wait for an Asado) and planning a trip to Argentina. (Sadly the Fernet seemed to run out quite soon into our trip… )You do not have to travel to a country to get a taste of its culture – it lives within the people who are proud to share it.
Global love is not a new thing but is becoming easier in the technological, international world we live in. Where platforms such as Skype, Facebook and WhatsApp allow us to stay more connected with those we have left behind giving us the freedom to keep following the path ahead. Global love breaks down boundaries between cultures and expectations of what we think we know about this world and the people in it. Global love opens up the potential for a new lifestyle – working wherever you are and traveling the world, opening the mind to any opportunity – where a trip home to the family is only a flight (or three) away.