How lucky was I to be given the opportunity to take 6 months sabbatical to the other side of the world?
Little did I know that I’d still be here 9 months later…locked down, down under.
I’ve been working as an Interactive Producer at Aardman for over 5 years and have loved being part of an incredibly talented and creative company but it was time for me to expand my life experiences and take some time to explore New Zealand. So off I went after some emotional hugs from workmates and family alike and spent 6 months travelling, becoming a yoga teacher, learning Moari and loving life. 6 months in and Covid-19 hits.
Originally due to fly back at the end of March, my flight gets cancelled as the whole country starts to lock down, New Zealand’s borders are closed for the foreseeable future.
Full of conflicting emotions I contact my boss to give her the lowdown, no surprise she is understanding and together we make a plan.
Rescheduling my return to the next available flight, we both agree that despite the challenges we can make this work and I plan to start back to work as normal on April 6th, like all the team working from home, albeit very remotely!
Challenge number 1) find me a computer. I managed to sweet talk some kiwi friends and neighbours and pieced together a computer and a square monitor that resembled something from a late 80’s sci-fi movie. But with our IT team’s wizardry I was able to connect to a remote computer back in Bristol! A mere 11,841 miles for the connection to travel and it’s (almost!) real time responsive.
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