A few weeks ago, when I left Holland to start my adventure in New Zealand, I was pretty much aware of the fact that I would be transiting from the spring season back home into autumn – or even worse – winter in New Zealand. Since I never experienced the autumn or winter season in New Zealand before, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Of course, I looked up some information about the weather on the Internet, and also got some warning e-mails from my landlord lady, in which she reminded me several times to bring warm clothes – a bit concerning to be honest, since I knew that they don’t have central heating in the house. But more importantly, I was also curious about how my body would adapt to the change of season. Continue Reading
Time is flying, it’s Friday again. Are you curious about my favourite discoveries this week? Then check out my second Friday Favourites and let me give you yet another glimpse on how awesome Auckland is. Continue Reading
Every day I stumble across new and interesting things here in Auckland. So, I thought it would be time to collect all my new discoveries and share them along with you. Welcome to my new weekly blog topic: Friday Favourites! To start off, here’s a list of this week’s favourites… Continue Reading
Last Wednesday I went downtown to Britomart – where Aucklands major transportation hub is located – to join the Nike+ Run Club for an evening run. I already knew about their weekly running activities since I joined them before and kept following the Club ever since. I figured out that they still run every Wednesday at 18:00 and thought it would be a good way to get back on track and to meet some new people. So, I signed up online with my Nike+ account and decided to go for the 10k that evening. Continue Reading
As you already must have noticed, last week I unfortunately didn’t manage to write an update before my departure to New Zealand. And to be honest, I knew that I probably wouldn’t manage, since I know myself well enough. Yes, 28 years and counting, and still thinking that I can do different. Who am I kidding?! Doing everything last minute is definitely my speciality, but this is just how it works, and it will probably never change. As I mentioned before, the last days I was pretty stressed out, therefore, writing wasn’t my priority number one. Yet, I would like to give you a short review from day to day, so you’re up to date again. Last week has been a rollercoaster of emotions, that’s for sure. Continue Reading
With only less than a week left until my departure to New Zealand, nerves are kicking in. On a scale from 1 to 10, my stress-level probably scores a 9 at the moment, or even a 10. My head seriously feels like it could explode every single second. Too many thoughts and emotions going on. Am I ready to go? Continue Reading
And then it got real…I guess there’s no way back anymore. Without a second of hesitation I just applied for a Working Holiday Visa in order to stay in New Zealand for the upcoming year. Since almost 3 years I’m dreaming of going back to New Zealand, the country I fell in love with during my Masters fieldwork. It only took me a few clicks on the website of Immigration New Zealand, answering some questions about my health and character, some NZ dollars, 4 days of waiting, and suddenly it got real. I’m happy to announce that I’m officially allowed to work and travel in New Zealand for the next year – my visa got approved! At the same time, I’m even more excited that the approval of my visa also marks the launch of Anniewhere I go. I can say it’s truly the beginning of new adventures. Welcome to my very first blog post!