Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I have a visa!

Phew, I was really beginning to worry about that. Not a huge fan of the Spanish Embassy, this has been a tremendously difficult process!

Awesome photo I know :-)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

One month to go - so little time, so much to do!

This time in exacly four weeks I will be on a plane somewhere between NZ and Singapore. Now that I can count down the number of sleeps, it's all getting very real! I am beginning to freak out about how much I have to do and how little time I have to do it in, although now that study and exams are over at least I am not trying to juggle full time study with full time work anymore.

My visa application is still with the Spanish Embassy, turns out no one ever pointed out to them before that it's impossible to buy exact flights a year in advance as they require for granting a year-long working holiday visa, so they had to go away and rethink their visa requirements. I've begun buying my train and plane tickets around Europe, and have already stuffed one of them up (although I still blame the AirBerlin website!). I've managed to track down most of the gifts and bits and pieces I need to take over for myself, somehow my bag is already ridiculously heavy before I try putting clothes in it and that's after posting a few parcels of stuff over. Traveling light is obviously not a strength of mine!

My main worry is getting someone to take over the flat, but in order to do that I first need to clean up enough that people can get in the front door without tripping over boxes full of crap. Ten full council rubbish bags and several trips to the Sallies later, I am finally getting somewhere! Dad, I blame you for passing on your compulsion to hoard, the amount of crap that I have carted around various Wellington flats for the past four years thinking that one day it might come in handy amazes me! I also have a remarkable ability to spend hours making various piles of things that ultimately I still don't know what to do with and that just turn back into disorganised mess in the end, when I really should just be chucking shit out.

I went to an AFS Wellington function the other day and got farewelled, I guess I said the first lot of goodbyes too. We just began planning my work goodbye, but I am happily counting down to that one!

18 days of work, and 27 sleeps to go...