So, I guess I should start out with the first post in this community since I started the whole thing. My name is Jessica and I have recently become a permanent resident in NZ. Yay! This is great because it makes life a bit more affordable for me right now with university fees and the like. Both phonix
and I am are relieved, because it was a bit nerve-racking there for a bit. In the end, the process was not that difficult. I had these visions of my paperwork being tied up in red tape for ever and ever. I guess that is what I came to expect with listening to other peoples immigration woes from other communities.
Right now, I am living in Christchurch on the South Island with my husband, who I mentioned before. I am attending Lincoln University in the their degree program for viticulture and oenology - to put it short and sweet - grape growing and wine making. So, yeah, I am living out my dream. I am living with the love of my life in an awesome country!
New Zealand is very similar to living in the States, but it can also be very different. First off, it is smaller, meaning it is not six degrees of separation, it is more like 3 degrees of separation. Weird, but nice. The people here are very friendly....more friendly than they care to admit sometimes. It is also seems like it is more of a melting pot than the States. Probably because there is less segregation than in the States. I will be the first to admit that I come from a very white part of PA, so it was cool to live in a place that there are so many different ethnicities at your doorstep.
Look for more up to date postings in the near future!