May 27, 2010, 5:02 p.m., has turned into a milestone for me. The embassy employee responsible for visas at the New Zealand embassy in Brussels left a message on my answering machine letting me know that my work visa  for New Zealand had just been granted and was ready for pick-up.

My temporary work visa was issued very quickly for which I am very grateful because having to wait for the news of whether I got it or not for already 4 weeks was the most excruciating time in my life so far. I would have surely gone insane had it taken longer. Going for the temporary work visa (valid for three years, and it can be extended) was the quickest way. Other visa options would have taken much longer. However, I will apply for residency to avoid having to go through the temporary visa process repeatedly.

Before I can finally start my new job as e-learning specialist with an IT company in Wellington on 15 June 2010, I have lots of things to organize, wrap up, etc. It will be a hectic 2 last weeks in Luxembourg for me before I go on the 19,025 km journey to Wellington via Singapore and Sydney.

Everything will be new for me: the job, the country, and the hemisphere. But what about the continent? I had wondered if New Zealand belongs to a continent, but it is already too far away from Australia. Geo-politically, it is grouped under Oceania, but does not belong to the continent of Australia. It is just a group of islands. Thus, no continent for me.

I am very excited to embark on this new adventure. Thanks to the internet, staying in touch won’t be a big problem though I will miss face-to-face encounters.

Let the adventure begin. 🙂

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9 thoughts on “New job, new country, new hemisphere

  1. How exciting, and I missed this as news. You’ve landed in the favorite place I have been in the world so far; I find New Zealand magical, alluring, and wonderfully creative. Wellington is a lovely city to live (well from 2 short visits, but I liked it a lot).

    Congrats on becoming a kiwi.

  2. Thank you very much. I already have my first non-work related to-do: learn about cricket. I’ll see what I can do in winter. 🙂

    @Eduardo: Yeah. Though probably still not much closer than before.

    @Nancy: That would be great. I don’t really know anybody besides the few people I have already worked with.

    @Alan: That’s brand new news. I had kept the job and visa application process a secret because I was absolutely not sure about the visa outcome. It was a great relief to finally share good news.

  3. Congratulations Kristina! This will be an exciting move to the windy city of Wellington. You’ll enjoy the tramping (NZ English for hiking), the national parks and beaches. Have a good start down under and keep in touch.

    All the best.

  4. Congratulations… wishes from all of us in your new endeavour…

    Keep us informed about the achievements you scale….

    We are back in US and will be spending some time with Nitin,Sneha and Arnav,


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