Moving Away From the USA

The US Healthcare System? Not my favourite. After literally living in a healthcare facility while The Good Wife managed the place for a couple of years, I got to see a lot of the waste, greed, and corruption firsthand.

The Good Ray

I haven’t watched the show, but I like the title.

And of course it’s my luck that she happened to be incredible in pre-nursing, top of her class in every class. With all the insurance and turning people away for care and all of the horror stories I’ve read on sites like Quora… It’s not the best work environment for an empath.

On a lot of those same posts, I’d see comments like “If you don’t like the way things are done here, then leave.”

So we did.

We actually did it. We left everything but a few bags and our two pets and moved to the other side of the world. The move was a lot of firsts. First time flying over 10 hours. First time crossing the International Date Line. First time in the Southern Hemisphere. First time in New Zealand.

Yep, I moved to New Zealand, about as far away as you can get from Uncle Sam, without even visiting first. And not to a big city either. Nope, I moved to the bottom of the South Island (New Zealand is two large islands if you didn’t know, and a third smaller one)  to a city called Invercargill, which is just about the southernmost city in the world. Hence the U in favourite.

Portland to Invercargill

I paid less than that for two people. Bad job, Google.

It’s possible to move away from the USA, and for some, it might be the right move… But it’s not easy.

I had a lot of trouble finding information about the country and the immigration process. It would’ve been nice to have updated info all in one place. So that’s exactly what I’m going to try to do.