Ah. The old 'multiple homes' problem pops up again. I don't tend to miss London on a daily basis, but last night I hung out with some friends who have recently moved back, and we ended up talking London, and a casual reference to Charing Cross and Farringdon suddenly made me physically miss it. Seriously intense longing. And I didn't even spend much time in either of those places – but just the names brought full colour pictures to my mind, complete with feelings and associations and, well, missing.
My friends miss London too, and I suspect that all three of us felt like total jerks as we discussed it. We live in this paradisal place, with all the same comforts we enjoyed in London – more, in fact – and we complain? Super-ungrateful, right?
The thing is, though, you're always going to miss somewhere, and amazing as Auckland is, it still has a way to go. As a city, we may be working towards an awesome and inspirational goal (to be the world's most liveable city) and we may we well on the way there (#3 on the Mercer 2014 Quality of Living survey!) but a lot of the things that matter to us – viable public transport options, awesome cycling infrastructure, quality housing and hey, apartments, because when well-designed they're totally a reasonable way to live (yes, even when you have children), acceptance of rejection of the suburbs – is still on its way.
Of course, many of the other things that matter to us are already well-established. There's a reason I moved back here, after all. And with the sudden influx of my awesome, intelligent, motivated, cosmopolitan friends, no doubt it can only go up.
So brace yourself for more Auckland explorations - the good and the bad. Or the good and the 'to-be-improved' list, maybe, because I'm a pretty positive person, and I do love Auckland a lot – I'd just like it to be a little more London, and a little more New York, while still being its overwhelmingly (like, 98%) awesome self.