This trip has been a long time in the making.
It started soon after we got married and DIDN'T go to New Zealand on our honeymoon. We wanted to. But somehow - between moving from California to Texas, going back to California for our wedding, and then taking off on our honeymoon immediately from there -- figuring out a New Zealand itinerary was a challenge.
But my husband didn't give up on the New Zealand dream.
He has a colleague who teaches at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, NZ. Six or seven years ago, Chris contacted this colleague about teaching at the University of Canterbury. Well, years passed, and then last fall, the colleague asked if we were still interested. He had figured out how to do the paperwork and sponsor us for an Erskine fellowship - where a US professor is invited to teach in New Zealand temporarily.
And thus, our plans to leave summer in Austin were fulfilled. Instead, we will experience two months of winter on the South Island of New Zealand.
If all goes well, we will be leaving on Wednesday, June 22. Our housesitter moves in on Monday June 20. Cold weather - here we come.