Paris & London photos

Elinor and Julia visited from New Zealand, and we went to Paris and hung out in London for a few days. I’ve posted some photos on Facebook but I’ll try to blog something about it at some point. Was good fun, and nice to see Els and get some travel done (even if it was to Paris again).

So I’m ready to get cracking into work again and get prepared for my return to New Zealand which is really only weeks away.

Returning to New Zealand in December

Talking to the flatties, everyone’s quite keen to come back to New Zealand a few months earlier than our visa expiration.

Aaron and Renee want to get back for a wedding and their legendary gran’s birthday.

This suits me, as I’m broke, and won’t achieve anything staying here much longer.

I will settle on a date soon so I can book the flight. I’d like to come back for xmas for sure.

As far as short and mid-term plans go, that’s as far as I’ve gotten for now.

To be honest I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone again and enjoying the Auckland summer.

I’m not sure where I will be staying when I come back. My mum is still well outside Auckland so I won’t be able to stay there for long (not to mention no Internet). I have a friend with a spare room on the ‘Shore, so I’ll probably end up there temporarily.

I can’t wait to see everyone again!

P.S. someone please save me a packet of Snifters.

London Visa News

News on the London front! I still have quite a few months left on my visa, but my 12 months of allowed work are nearly used up. This means I can still stay in London but won’t be allowed to work.

My job wants to keep me on, so I will basically have to come back to NZ for a short time soon. From there, work will arrange sponsorship for me, and I will then re-enter London on a work visa that lasts for up to 2 years and is then renewable.

So, I will be coming back in the next month or 2, provided the money situation at work gets sorted out. This time I will try to arrange to stay for at least 2 weeks to make the trip worthwhile.

I will keep things up to date once I get some more money and can choose some dates and book flights.

Green Tea Pills are like, whoa

So my workmate offers me a green tea pill this afternoon. I like green tea, and a green tea pill sounds healthy and good enough (if not a strange way to be getting your green tea).

He then checks on the bottle, and notes a warning saying “Do not take after 4pm” and tells me about it after I’ve already downed the pill.

Turns out the pill has got caffeine, guarana and every other possible legal stimulant and anti-oxidant you could name.

It’s just after 11pm now and I feel like I could stay up for another 5 hours.

Well, at least the buggers work. I’ll just try to make sure if I try one again, it’s in the morning.

Oh hai

Oh hai

It’s been a while! The old blog is broken while I updated the software, but for now I’ve plumped for a good old WordPress install.

A lot’s happened since the last post on the old blog, which was posted just before I went to Cardiff to watch the All Blacks choke in the World Cup semi final.

Well New Zealand just beat Ireland on the weekend in their first game since the ill-fated World Cup campaign. The ABs are back on the horse, so it’s fitting that I fire up the blog again as well.

I’ll try to post often, even if it’s inane or just sharing content, and maybe get a chance to go back over what’s been happening here.