We were ready to get a car since we had BIG bags that we were hauling around. It was probably quite humorous seeing two Americans walking down the street with 5 big bags between the two of us. And yes, you can definitely tell the difference! We have unknowingly been sizing everyone up to see if they’re Americans. I saw two girls with blonde highlights, fake nails and Ugg boots at Starbucks. Dead give away! Kiwi’s love their coffee and Starbucks isn’t an acceptable coffee shop around these parts.
The power of prayer has been so important in this whole process. Before we ever began planning this trip, we prayed -asking God to open or close doors wherever necessary. Asking for His hand in everything and His guidance in every decision we make has made the job, apartment and car hunt a lot easier. For me, it’s not always easy to remember that but every time I can look back on things we prayed for and see God’s hand right in the middle of it. He provided us an apartment almost to the exact day that we needed it in the perfect location in between our wedding and our departure. One of the biggest things that I have realized since being here is asking God with confidence to lead us where we need to be, having faith that He cares and He will provide even if it isn’t what we had hoped for. Dustin is a great spiritual leader in our family and seeing his faith in God’s guidance has strengthened my confidence in God’s will. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Unfortunately, there weren’t even any cute campervans to choose from! It ended up being ok due to a couple of reasons why we chose a car. For one, petrol is $8 USD per gallon! YIKES! Campervan’s definitely aren’t fuel efficient so it wouldn’t make sense to spend a lot of money on gas when we could driving something a little more fuel efficient. Also, we found this awesome company that sells cars to backpackers but then has a guaranteed buy back set in place (50% buy back). You buy the car and have full ownership but sign a contract saying that you will sell back the car if it is in good enough condition for them to buy back. They have an invested interest in the quality of the car so they can keep buying/selling it which gave us a total peace in our decision. Win/win. Here is the anti-climatic reveal of our trusty transportation that you won’t be pinning on Pinterest…Penny the Pulsar!