It has been exactly a month since I first arrived into NZ. It feels like I have been here for more than a month. So at the moment I have been dealing with major homesickness, some of it is influenced by weather (seasonal depression is for real). The other is what is happening back home where my country is spiraling out of control thanks to fear mongering racist idiots. At this same it is reminding why the work I will do will be so important so I much continue to read hundreds of pages to support the importance of my research and position myself in a way that I can help influence change/policy.
Also I am mid way through Ramadan, which has been fairly easy because of the shorter days, however, I would give up the short days to be with my family and friends in a heart beat. However, I know this is temporary and I need to remember why I am here and enjoy this journey and New Zealand!