Inspiration

Heading south: a designer’s (sunny) kit

June 25, 2014 • By

I have a friend who’s seriously thinking about moving. Nothing unusual so far, it’s just that he wants to move to the other side of the world. Literally. He wants to relocate from Dundee, Scotland, to “anywhere” (at the moment) Australia. Or New Zealand. He’s very serious about this. Initially, “more sun” was the main incentive. However, as reality crept in, the list of pros and cons got longer. But I’m not going into the usual ‘taxes-jobs-insurances-family -friends-melancholia-euphoria-etc’ list, because what caught my eye are four special reasons to move there:

The “sun” is a rather obvious incentive, but for somebody who had his share of rainy days, sun was written in capital (bold) letters. Days with sun in Australia can go up to 260 per year, that’s more than half of the year. Massive plus. His joint pain partly (hopefully) solved.

Believe it or not, but as a big Tolkien fan, he does not plan to move to Oxfordshire (been there, done that), the place that actually inspired the famous writer’s books “The Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings”. He wants to be near New Zealand (or maybe even move there…. hmm, still thinking about it) and follow in the footsteps of hobbits and the like. You know the story. Mind you, he’s not interested in Tolkien tourism as much as Tolkien… settling.

As a freelance designer he needs internet. No, honestly, he needs fast, reliable connections everywhere in the area, whether he’s following hobbits or not. And, what do you know, Australia’s NBN ( National Broadband Network) is expanding quite fast and serious, if you think they’ve started work on this network only last year. The arrival of broadband is quite an event, and my friend is keeping an eye on the NBN coverage map and rollout plan. He’s as excited about this almost as an Australian, waiting for those fibre, fixed wireless and satellite services to reach his household.

And last, but not least, he added Dreamworld, a theme park, home to “13 worlds”, with thrill rides, interactive shows and animal attractions. This fits into ‘family fun’ category, which tells me he’s got some hidden list he still keeps away from prying eyes.

After all, this might actually be a place for a freelance designer – Tolkien fan with a taste for theme parks – hobbits and fast internet connections. To be continued.

header image courtesy of Tommy Chandra

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