Monthly Archives: October 2012

Working hard for the dream.

We have been working real hard to get our house in shape before we sell it. First we tried to sell a land property. But that turned out to be very difficult. Everyone said that it would be no problem to sell a piece of land since there is very seldom a property for sale in the Stockholm area. Sweden has not been affected too much by the recession in Europe. But it turned out to be hard anyway.

We finally decided to sell our house so that we can go to NZ anyway. For a month now we have been renovating and fixing the missing pieces in our house. It has been much more to do than we calculated and everything takes a little more time than what you expected.

But we are fortunate to have good friends that helped us a lot. Thanks to Mia, Petri and Toya we are now finished with the preparation. Very much had to be cleaned and lots of furniture and clothes had to be given to charity. Feels good that the things we don’t need any more goes to a good cause.

We had open house today and a lot of interested people showed up. Hopefully the house will be sold in a short period.

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The move is now official!

Told my principals about our plan to move to New Zealand. They are very impressed that we dare to move with children, and to the other side of the earth. That we are going even if we don’t have a job offer or any connections to NZ. Have you ever been to NZ?

– Well, no! But we have heard a lot of good things about NZ.
Some people don’t believe that we are going, some are impressed and some are jealous.

People are so afraid to do major changes in their life. They want to be in their comfortable cocoon and not go outside their comfort zone. At least no too much. And then they complain about that nothing happens in their life.
We are really ready for a big change. Adventure is ahead of us.

Since we have been planning the move for some years now, our attitude is a lot different. We are on our way, it’s just a matter when we can go. We are not worried, if it doesn’t turn out the way we want there is always lots of other things we can do. As a last option we can always go back, but with a lot of memories of our trip.

And we have been investigating NZ for nearly a year now. So we have done our research on how it is to live in NZ. A good source for information is the book ”Living and working in New Zealand” by David Hampshire.

Our plan is now official and it feels good to spread it because it is very hard to keep it as a secret.

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About moving to a new country

This blog is about a family that are planning to move to New Zealand. It’s about the dreams, planning and hard work that hopefully/ultimately end up with a happy family settling down somewhere in New Zealand. First some background on why we want to move.

We have for some years now dreamt of living our life different, to get a better work-life balance. We have mainly been looking for a country in Southern Europé, such as Italy Spain and Portugal. As you can see we want a warmer wheather, longer summer etc.

As our plan has progressed we found out that Europé was not a good choice. The recession in southern Europé and the fact that our older boys will find it hard to live in these countries with high youth unemployment. We where recommended to look at New Zealand and it turned out to be a good choice. The society are working almost like in Sweden. And the language will not be a big problem for our children. And we heard that it is a great country, with lovely nature and friendly people.

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