Welcome back to another blog post from this kiwi gal! We are now well into November which means we are also well into fall…
Fall is definitely one of my favourite months.. it is so super pretty! There is just something about the leaves falling around me that is pure bliss. It is actually kind of crazy for myself: I am so used to associating the month of September as being the first month of Spring. New Zealand is located in the Southern Hemisphere which means that our seasons are opposite to those of the United States.
September also marks the historic event of 9/11. Although such a tragic event occurred on this date, it was very interesting and kind of really cool to see my entire neighbourhood support those who lost their lives by raising and displaying the American flag on the front porch of their homes.
One thing I wanted to talk about in this blog post is Hurricane Florence. As I’m sure you’re all aware, Hurricane Florence hit the East Coast of the United States mid September. And boy was that an experience and a half! The emotions were very much like a roller coaster and almost as crazy as they were for me coming to America. Excited at first, then scared that things wouldn’t work out, but ultimately relieved when I survived.
When we first heard about the Hurricane, my first thought was “omg this is going to be fun! I’m so excited to live through an actual storm!” But the bigger the storm became, the more the panic started to set in. A few days before the storm hit was when my state declared a state of emergency in anticipation for the flash flooding they were predicting from the rain fall that Hurricane Florence was scheduled to bring to the East Coast.
This devastating hurricane left a path of pure destruction among both North and South Carolina’s. My home state of Virginia was predicted to wear the storm also as it began to fade out, meaning we would see more of the rain than the wind. However, as the hurricane grew closer to making landfall the predicted path changed and Charlottesville (my city) saw nothing more than a light shower or two.
As I’ve said, I was actually super excited for the hurricane – call me crazy! Storm chasing is definitely on my top 10 things to do whilst here in America. The thought of being right up there in the action, and seeing a real live tornado in front of me draws me in like a moth drawn to a lightbulb!
Homesickness is a real thing that can pull you down during your time in America. I didn’t think I would get homesick, but alas I was not exempt from this feeling. It wasn’t so much my home country that I was missing but definitely more of my friends and family. I have lived out of home before for an extended period of time so I thought I would be ok. But the difference this time is that I cannot just phone my mom up and say “hey let’s go grab a coffee!” Well I mean technically I could…. but that would be one very, very expensive coffee!
GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
“Travel is the healthiest addiction” – oh my goodness I could not agree more!