My New Zealand meltdown: Coming to terms with how pathetic I am

It’s taken me nearly two months to be able to write about this. I’m not sure which is more pathetic… the actual story, or the fact that I couldn’t even bring myself to share it until now.


Rule #1 of moving abroad: Only the strong survive, never show weakness. Family and friends at home expect you to embrace your youthful freedom and love your “adventure of a lifetime”. Your new colleagues will wonder how well you’re settling in. The locals will stare down your North Face jacket as if it’s striped and starred red, white and blue. Basically, weakness is not a good look for an expat.

So when I moved to New Zealand six weeks ago, I made sure to pack my big girl pants in every colour. (I knew those turquoise jeans are my only chance at winning the homesickness hunger games.)

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*I’m guest blogging today at one of my most favourite friend’s blogs: ‘Sota is Sexy (but I have lots of reason to believe Auckland is just as sexy). Read why and the rest of my post over there.
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  • Hehe, Every expat or anyone living abroad will have a meltdown at some point. Easier said than done but it looks to me like you’re in paradise so enjoy it 😉

  • It’s the small subtleties and differences in US and NZ culture that were the hardest to adapt to… but they also give my experience the most beauty. I just roamed your blog… what a romantic story you have!!! (I’m melting thinking about it… I love “love”!) And you’re moving to São Paulo. How amazing! There will be some fun family holidays ahead for the two of you 🙂 Also really like what your blog says: “There’s too many things I haven’t done yet. There’s too many sunsets I haven’t seen.” True story. Hope to read more of your posts in the future. Let’s be blogging friends!

  • Yay! Definitely blogging friends! Pretty soon when I’m down in Brazil, I will have about 1.5 million Brazeak downs annnnnd luckily for me I already came to terms with how pathetic I am 😉 I can’t wait to read more about your new life in NZ!

  • So glad I’m in good company 🙂 And you must write your own version of “how to be a Brazilian”. Cheers.