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Greenday
12-17-2011, 01:49 PM
Welp, I've decided to end my journey in Afghanistan. It's been very...interesting. I've learned so much, met so many people from all over the world. An amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience really. But despite all the people I've met and cool stuff I've seen but very little can I talk about, I've decided it's time to go home. It's time to start having a life again. No more ridiculously, unnecessary strict rules. A life that involves a ratio of women to men closer to 1 or greater instead of close to zero.

It felt so free to give notice of me not re-signing my contract. I've gotten that year of experience I need to get a real job. I paid off my student loans and I'm debt free with plenty of spending money. Could I stay an extra four months? Yea, plus one of those months would be R&R. But sometimes I feel it's better to get out while I'm still ahead.

So I'm doing an extra few weeks as a favor to my company. Some extra pay, some extra vacation days I'll cash out. I just can't freaking wait to get home. Only a few more weeks then I'm on a plane out of here! Hopefully I don't get so drunk this time before my flight (I passed out before we took off out of our connecting location from the US and Afghanistan.).

Everyone's freaking out over this because I don't have any jobs lined up. Yea, it's a little tough, but I just don't care. I'll have more than enough money to live comfortably thanks to my amazing ability not to blow money on nothing. I just want to relax. Not have to spend my time worrying about anything. Spend time with my dogs talking them on walks. Spend time with my little cousins (I'm going to try to arrange a deal with their schools to let me surprise them in class when I get back.).

And I decided to do my New Zealand trip anyway. So for 24 nights, I will be in New Zealand, hanging with the kiwis. If you see a drunk American in February, assume it's me and introduce yourself. I need to just get away from places that involve stuff blowing up and away from the people I know that have tons of baggage and constantly are coming to me for help with every single problem.

After that, who knows? But damn does it feel good to know I'll be home soon (Barring some bastard terrorist shooting me while I'm flying or blowing me up.) and it can't come soon enough. Just wish I could see my family for Christmas but I guess we can't all get what we want, can we?

Rapscallion
12-17-2011, 08:02 PM
Feels good to hear you'll be coming back in one piece. Nice one, mate.

Rapscallion

BeenThereDoneThat
12-18-2011, 05:45 AM
Sounds like a good decision to me...have fun in NZ and enjoy your life back in the States! :)

blas
12-18-2011, 06:19 AM
I'm so glad you're coming back in one piece.

Greenday
12-18-2011, 06:45 AM
Thanks guys. I keep looking at the date and it blows my mind how much closer and closer the day for me leaving is getting.

I'm trying to manage my money to see what I can afford, but thanks to a random security check by Wells Fargo and it not accepting my answers to my security questions, I've been locked out. When I called, they told me I'd have to go into an actual branch to get it unlocked :rolleyes: . It's been two days and they told me to expect a call within 48 hours but my Afghan cell phone hasn't rang yet...Just can't be easy leaving.

ApolloSZ
12-19-2011, 01:40 AM
If you make it down to Wellington (I think you were planning on Auckland if memory serves) let me know, we can go for a drink. Take it easy!

Greenday
12-19-2011, 06:28 AM
If you make it down to Wellington (I think you were planning on Auckland if memory serves) let me know, we can go for a drink. Take it easy!

Yea, I'm staying in Auckland, Not sure what the drive from there to Wellington is but it doesn't seem too far. I wasn't planning on getting a vehicle since from what I understand, everything is in walking distance or I can just take a bus but I'll see what I can swing.

ApolloSZ
12-19-2011, 06:56 PM
Heh distance is an interesting thing. The scale of a trip is completely different between say the US and NZ. Auckland is a overnight trip (as in stay the night there, not drive there and back in a day), around 6/7 hours of driving - The same amount of driving in the US would probably get you further, seeing as the freeways etc are alot straighter/speed limits differ

If you do want to come down to Welly, if driving I'd say make it atlease an overnight stay. Or a morning flight down and evening flight back.

Regarding Auckland, depending on where you stay then yeah bus/walking should be fine. Dunno your interests, but theres MOTAT (Museum of Travel and Transport), Auckland Zoo and Kelly Tarltons (An Aquarium). Sky Tower with the big jump, rotating resturant and a casino.

Either way enjoy your trip and have fun!

AnaKhouri
12-19-2011, 07:42 PM
If you were my son I would be so glad you were getting out of there I wouldn't care of you had a job lined up or not. Have a fun vacation in NZ!

Greenday
12-20-2011, 04:08 AM
Regarding Auckland, depending on where you stay then yeah bus/walking should be fine. Dunno your interests, but theres MOTAT (Museum of Travel and Transport), Auckland Zoo and Kelly Tarltons (An Aquarium). Sky Tower with the big jump, rotating resturant and a casino.

I definitely wanted to visit the War Memorial Museum and the zoo. Didn't know there was an aquarium so I'll hit that up. I'll probably go to the Sky Tower on a sunny day. I knew about the casino, but I gamble a fair amount when I'm home so I don't think I'll be venturing there.