Monday, August 22, 2011
We are among hundreds of other "Needgreaters" in a bit of a spot. Sadly we cannot renew our Volunteer/Religious Worker Visas and so are looking desparately now for alternatives. So far the best bet for us to go for Residency but we need a chunk of change for that and we are not sure if we can scrape it together as yet. Also we need Police Reports, Birth and Marriage Certificates - apostilled and translated - which is something I finally got around to organizing today. Surprisingly, arranging for Birth Certs is not a big deal and you can order them over the phone. While I appreciated it being that easy - makes me wonder how easy it is for identity theft - a bit of a worry!
If we do get Residency - we can work - which will be better on our finances - but then again - the jobs we could get here will pay only a very little bit (i.e I saw a Fulltime Receptionist job today - $350 per month!) - working fulltime is not really what we came here for of course, so we will see....
One thing I have been doing lately (other than worrying) is indulging a desire I have had for some time. Making Cheese! It's so much fun and so far I have made some quite delictable offerings including cheddar, mozarella and haloumi. The milk here is so much cheaper than at home so there is not really any fear of wasting too much money if it doesn't work out. The fruit and vegetables here are so great - I have been able to expand my cooking skills. It will be hard to go back to NZ and not be able to afford the goodies we get here. Let's hope we can sort ourselves out. We will keep you posted on our progress.