Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The answer is "no"

I really don't know what I'm going to be doing in New Zealand. I'm pretty much just going to show up and see what happens. My things to have planned before going probably will be limited to my (one-way) plane ticket and my first few nights accomodation in Auckland. Crazy? You bet!

It's probably going to be a bit shocking to my corporately brainwashed mind. In Corporate America, we live by Microsoft Outlook. It's not unheard of to have meetings scheduled months in advance, and recurring conference calls are sprinkled on my calendar liberally. What am I going to do when I don't have that friendly little box to tell me what I have to do in 15 minutes??

What do I imagine I'll be doing in New Zealand? All sorts of things, and hopefully a lot of firsts. I will be working at some point; I don't want to come out of this endeavor broke. I'd like to do some homestays where I could work for my room and board. I might also like to get some restaurant or resort work. I want to go zorbing, for sure. I want to go snow skiing/boarding as I've never been. I want to drink a lot of Speights with new friends.

But how will I decide what to do when without Outlook's help? Well, when I get bored of what I'm doing, I'll move on. Maybe I'll catch a ride with the next person out of town. Maybe I'll look at job boards. Maybe I'll revisit somewhere else I enjoyed. Maybe I'll take a week in Australia. My calendar's totally empty.

1 comment:

Heather said...

I kind of can't get over how ridiculous it feels to be.. not worrying, but even thinking as much as I am about what I'm going to be doing once I arrive. really.. does it matter? we should both feel so lucky to be able to take a trip like this, but I totally understand the impending feeling of "okay... what now?"
but seriously. can't wait for this