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    Well, about 27 hours ago we stepped off our third plane of the day and arrived in Christchurch.

    I have to tell you, if the rest of my experience here is like the first 24 hours, I'm never leaving!

    Customs and security were a breeze, with everyone being so helpful (which was the exact opposite of the US). Nigel from the hotel drove right over to pick us up, and our room was ready for us--even though it was only 9:00am! One of my OH's on-line friends stopped by (while I was passed out on the bed and not stirring at all) with some toys and snacks and a bottle of bubbly!

    There's so much to tell, but it'll have to wait until I have a little more time. I'm in Nettopia right now at Cathedral Square while Debi is wrangling the boys at the nearby library, and I think she probably needs some rescuing.

    More ... much more ... later! But I am *sooo* happy right now!

    BTW, we are at the Central Park Motor Lodge on Riccarton if anyone wants to ring us up!
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    Woohooo! Welcome to NZ KH! Another successful new arrival

    So glad your first experiences of NZ are good ones (they are typical Kiwi experiences!).

    Wow, so many people arriving right now, there can't be many people left in the rest of the world!!
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    And a very big welcome to NZ from me too, Mr Hopeful

    Great to hear your first impressions of NZ have been so good

    One question though - what you gonna change your username to now? - After all, you're no longer a KiwiHopeful, you're a KiwiAmAndLovingIt

    Best of luck to you and the family in your new life

    P.S. Nigel from the hotel deserves a gold star for not letting the Kiwi side down
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    Thank you, thank you!

    Nigel definitely gets a gold star ... but then again, I've yet to meet anyone who doesn't!

    I was thinking about the name thing ... I think rather than being a KiwiHopeful, I'm just a (backward) Hopeful Kiwi!

    I'm working on updating my blog, so if you click on the link in my sig, it actually has some content now!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KiwiHopeful View Post
    I'm working on updating my blog, so if you click on the link in my sig, it actually has some content now!
    I've already checked it out

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    Glad to hear you're all there safe and sound and, more to the point, very happy with NZ so far. Lovely post which will gladden the hearts of many people. Hope things will flow smoothly for you now that you've got the journey behind you and you can settle easily into your new lives.

    Keep in touch as we can do with some good news on here.
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    Welcome to NZ! Sooooo glad things are going OK and you are pleased at what you've found. I still can't believe myself after two years how cheerful and friendly people are here ... it makes all the difference to everyday life.
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    I'm glad you landed happily, KH. Best wishes for your new home and new life
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    Welcome to New Zealand and good for you KiwiHopeful, you'll need to change that name now!
    All the best to you and your family!!
    Debra and family

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    Hi KH,
    Welcome to Chch from another American! Been too busy to check out the forum for a few months, but was surprised to see that you are here! All the best to you as you adjust to your new life here. Glad your initial time here has been enjoyable and positive unlike ours!

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