Whether to stay in NZ

Whether to stay in NZ

On a weekly basis, people ask me whether we would want to stay in New Zealand permanently. Or they ask whether we wish we’d come for longer than a year. Or they wonder how we will ever go back to living in the United States after having lived here. It is a valid...
Go with the flow

Go with the flow

Like any kid, the idea of no homework and no tests or quizzes seems like a dream come true. But in fact, I have missed the academic challenges of Mater Dei. So while I’m here, I’ve decided to embrace the other sorts of things that I’m learning in New Zealand. For...
Getting over perfect

Getting over perfect

Over the last several years I have developed some pretty bad TMJ. My jaw clicks every time I open it, and sometimes I can’t open wide enough to take a bite of a sandwich. During any sort of business lunch I have learned to order things I can eat with a fork, in case I...
Withdrawal

Withdrawal

I underestimated what it would feel like to move somewhere where I know no one. And by no one, I mean no women. I had discounted how much I rely on women every single day – for laughter, for support, for reference, for connection. My entire life in Washington DC is...
Southern Hemisphere, here I come!

Southern Hemisphere, here I come!

Hi! I’m Chloe. I am 11 years old, and I have been going to the same school since kindergarten. So when my parents told me that we were going to New Zealand for a year I was excited, but I was also a little sad. As you can probably imagine, because I have been going to...