I have made a decision, and I have booked tickets back to New Zealand for next year. While I know I have to go and sort out some personal things, and to see all the people I miss; I know that it’ll likely be a few months before I can think about coming back. Normally this wouldn’t be a problem, but I am leaving behind the man I am head over heels in love with.
It isn’t often that you meet someone so understanding, he knows how much I have been struggling here with being homesick, and it was his suggestion to go for a while. I couldn’t have done it without his help. I am lucky to have someone like him as my significant other. While I do wish it was as easy as going together; we both know it’s not. As far as our relationship goes, this doesn’t mean it is the end. We started the relationship as a long distance thing. Do I think this will affect it? Honestly, it will be one of the hardest things I will have ever done because of how much I will miss him – other than that, I don’t think so.
The tickets that we have booked for my trip home are probably not the first choice for most people. Instead of going straight from San Francisco to Auckland, I will be stopping in Hong Kong for an hour, Singapore for 18 hours, Kuala Lumpur for 12 hours, the Gold Coast for an hour, and then Auckland. After a bus trip south, I will be home. The trip will take around 4 or 5 days…. Am I crazy? Probably….. But I am the person who booked a weekend in Vegas only to spend more time on the airplane than in the city.
So, this raises the question of what to do with my time while on these long layovers in both Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.