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.