So, here we are in our new place. It’s still a bit of a bombsite; I’m only about half unpacked and there’s a lot of rearranging going on. Expect a photo tour coming soon!
I love the fact that my commute has literally been halved. It’s especially awesome on weekends when I work a later shift and am in a rush to get home.
I don’t love the fact that the craziness of our PT system means that I don’t actually save any money by moving closer. If I was still studying, I could get rides for a lot cheaper…but that’s not the case. (I’m tempted to blatantly use my friends to buy me tickets on their student IDs…what do you think?)
The way monthly passes work is by giving a substantial discount on travel, pretty much eliminating any difference between those who live two and three stages away. I may keep buying the same pass I always have – especially if I end up using my days off to catch up with my friends on campus.
Although, I have just found out that by walking a little further on the Mt Eden route – I have three main routes to choose from – I could be paying for just one stage trips. Walking FTW.
I love the fact that we live in a really safe (okay, downright posh) area. A far cry from two neighbourhoods ago. I think it’s safe to say we’ll probably never live anywhere as nice again.
But I don’t love the fact that we are now JUST beyond our comfort zone. We’ve always lived on the central western side of the city. I know my old area like the back of my hand – almost every street, every park, every bus stop. It’s a big shock to the system! We have to find a new butcher and grocer, too :sadface:
If our new house was literally just a few blocks over – more Mt Eden than Epsom – it wouldn’t feel so far away or so alien. Aucklanders are very territorial; what can I say? (And turns out two of my best friends – the two who aren’t currently still at uni – are going overseas. Result: I don’t feel so bad about moving “far away” now!)
I love that the place itself is nice, it’s right next to an awesome park, and close to TONS of restaurants and cafes. We’ll get to indulge our love of food and try lots of new eateries. Unfortunately, we’re still near Burger King and Wendy’s (two of T’s weaknesses).
What do you love/hate about your place?