About this blog

Hi there! My name is Viktoria, and I'm a native Russian speaker, dividing her time between Saint-Petersburg, Omsk and Moscow. I love many things, and writing is amongst them. Not only I love writing in Russian, I want to learn how to write fiction literature in English. Also I plan to move to New Zealand on August 15 (2013) so English will soon become my main language of interaction. Therefore, this blog.

I'll try to write daily a little something about moving to New Zealand, and also about writing. Feel free to tell me when I make mistakes. I mean it! :-)

Friday, 14 August 2015

19 months later...

...I rediscovered this blog and decided to leave another blog post for posterity. :-)

So, the  things that happened in 19 months...

  • My best boyfriend ever turned into the best husband ever. We traveled to Russia together where I introduced him to my friends and my family.
  • I got so good in performance testing, that I got myself promoted to senior.
  • I went through half of the courses for Data Science specialisation on coursera.org.
  • I've got learner's drivers license and started to learn how to drive.
  • We've traveled to Hobbiton and other places of LoTR value on North island. We've also been in Wellington few times and visited South island (Dunedin, Oamaru and surrounding area). 
  • One of my articles have been published in the first issue of Testing Trapeza.
  • I've been a presenter on a bunch of local small-scale professional talks, and once - on a bigger once-a-year KWST testing conference.
  • We watched so many cool shows and movies together with my now husband!
  • I learned to cook new stuff, and also come to love farmers markets and some of the delicious stuff I've never tried before - for example indian mango chicken curry, my husband's pies and my own apple galette.
  • I started exercising with weights in fruitless hope to get arms like Michael Jordan. Heavenly, heavenly hands, man. *_*
...and what didn't happened.
  • I did not improve my English. I still don't understand many accents and have to ask people to say it again (and sometimes people have to ask me to repeat words). Don't think this is gonna change.
  • Haven't learned Japanese or piloting. Sad panda.
  • Haven't written any more of my book. Actually I gave up on it after all, since I didn't have much passion or time for it.

Tomorrow is exactly two years since I entered New Zealand for the very first time. It means that my resident visa needs to be changed to the permanent resident visa, otherwise I won't be let in New Zealand if I leave it. Next week I'll file documents to do just that. :-)

I can also say, two years later, that moving here was an excellent decision, it was worth every penny, every worry, every sad goodbye hug.
I still miss my bros, my friends and my family a lot. We keep in contact through google hangouts and letters, and we send each other parcels with goodies from time to time. But it's so not enough. Still, I don't regret anything. If I haven't moved here, I would've never met the love of my life.