It was an exciting but nerve racking time. I don't think I have ever been as nervous for an exam as I was for the professional registration exam as I knew that failure meant that the two of us would have a far harder route to travel in order to stay in New Zealand.
That said, it was an exciting time of new beginnings. We lived off our savings, and so were extremely careful with every penny that we spent. We spent our time attending the many free events that run in Wellington over the Summer weekends.
We made a conscious decision to severely cut down our television viewing, so we purchased a newspaper once a week and used the television guide to decide what we wanted to watch. If we hadn't decided that we wanted to watch something, the television didn't go on. This meant time in the evenings for reading, board games, talk and surfing the net (although we could only afford a dial-up connection so there wasn't too much of this!).
We didn't own a car for the first 3 months (until I got a paying job) and we tried to avoid spending money on buses so we walked a lot and in the process I lost lots of weigh (Yay!). Come to think of it, maybe we should re-introduce the telly rule and more walking...
Hubby didn't have a work permit when we first arrived, so he spent his time cooking, cleaning, organising and generally looking after me... it was GREAT! All my colleagues would look over in jealousy as they saw me unpack freshly baked bread and muffins for lunch each day!
|Hubby's famous appletaart (YUM!)|
It is amazing to think how much we have achieved in the last 5 years and to consider how different our lives would be if we had stayed in Europe. We love this country and its people.
Thank you for making us so welcome! We can't wait to become citizens of New Zealand...we will be eligible to apply in a few short months...