Last year’s lockdown may have brought Ryan Osborne back to Gore but he would not change it for the world.
He shifted with his partner Sarah Drummond, of Gore, to Vancouver in Canada in 2019.
“I wanted to do my OE and see a bit of the world and live somewhere else for a bit.We hadn’t planned to come back to Gore but it was out of our hands.”
He had grown up in Gore and attended Gore High School.
“Gore has always been quiet.
“It was a good place to grow up in. I had some good family friends which I grew up with, too.”
Life in Vancouver could not be compared with a quiet life in Gore, he said.
“Culturally I guess Vancouver is similar to New Zealand, but coming back to Gore not much had changed after a year overseas.
“It was quiet when I was walking down Irk St and there was no-one else.
“It blew my mind would never see that in Vancouver city.”
One of the main reasons for his return was the people in Gore, he said.
“[Gore] is what you make of it, but having friends and family here pretty much is the be-all, end-all for us.”
“You quickly feel at home when you have the people you know around you.”
For a small town, Gore had a lot to offer, he said
“It’s doing pretty well with new businesses opening and industries coming into show we are doing pretty well compared to other small towns.”
Residing in Gore gave him the opportunity to travel to other South Island places, Mr Osborne said.
“We are so close to the beaches and skifields.”
“I work for Property Brokers as a real estate agent and we are two hours away from two pretty big centres, Queenstown and Dunedin, and Invercargill is just down the road.”