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Saying Goodbyes

Tom OBrien
Tom OBrien
Tom O'Brien is an American abroad! He's having a great time getting to know New Zealand while he studies at the University of Otago in Dunedin.

Well, I guess what they say is true… all good things must come to an end

Chesa and I are heading all the way up to Auckland so that I can catch my flight out of there on July 2nd. I changed my flight from the regular group flight on the 20th of June to two weeks later so it would give me time to reflect on everything that has happened the last five months and it will give me a chance to see a lot of the north island that I have not seen yet.

I made the best friends anyone could have asked for down here.

Although we had our different crews, we all were never separated and every single person down here got along.

I have met easily 500 people down here and I would say:

  • 100 of them I know decently well
  • 40 of them I would say I am very good friends with
  • 15 of them, well these will be my friends for life!

I would have never expected anything like this five months ago. Saying goodbye to these people was one of the hardest things I have done in a while, but it helps me knowing that I will see them all again in my life one day or another and I am blessed to have them in my life.

They have helped shape what New Zealand has become for me.

Without the amazing people down here, I can’t even imagine how different my study abroad experience would have been. At the top of this post is a picture of just some of the rascals at our last party together.

Chesa and I had to leave on the 19th because of the threat of a massive snowstorm approaching and with the car the way it was, we better be safe than sorry.

Oh yes! The car!

Well, some guy called us up the day before we were supposed to leave and offered us NZ$1000 for our car if we drive it up to him in Christchurch.

We were supposed to go through Christchurch on our road trip up north anyway so it ended up working out perfectly!

We bought the car for NZ$1900 and beat the living crap out of it with all the driving we did and we sold it after five months for NZ$1000. So basically, we paid NZ$900 for a car for five months and we got to see pretty much the entire south island because of it. Best investment I have ever made, right there.

As everyone disperses from this beautiful island, I can not help but get goosebumps every time I think about what we have all been through together.

I did not have a down moment this entire semester and I could not have asked for better people to share every single thing we with. Thank you, everyone!