Kath and James on our last trip to NYC
This time next week I'll be in New York settling into my new room in Williamsburg.
This time last week I told Katherine I didn't even think I'd cry at the airport.
I take that all back now.
I read the card my boss gave me yesterday and turned into a blubbering mess. I think it all started to hit the other night when Paul and I hung out and had our typical Monday night dinner that always begins with me picking him up on my way home from work and us driving around, half trying to find somewhere to eat, and half just circling the block so we can sing one more Sinatra song.
When I dropped Paul off afterwards it hit me... This would be the last time we'd do this for ages, maybe ever! What if no one in New York wants to sing songs and play Mario Cart with me? What if I have no friends and no job and I just have to wander the streets alone crying? Right then I got a lump in my throat that hasn't budged since. So I waved goodbye to him with the Star Trek hand and drove off, crying to Taylor Swift 'Treacherous' the whole way home.
I know I'm being a little over-dramatic but these kinds of thoughts go through everyone's heads when they're moving to a new country. All my friends who have recently done a big move had a freak out about something. Whether it was the flight or forgetting something or missing out. It is a pretty stressful thing to do after all. But despite all this, deep down you know it's good for you. My friend (and soon to be new flat mate) Kevin, moved over about a year ago on the same visa as I'm doing and he tells me once I get there everything chills out a bit. Hope so.
My bags are all packed, my visa is all sorted, I have my amazing apartment ready and waiting for me. IT'S ALL HAPPENING!!!
Getting everything sorted before I went was a bit of a process, but having IEP help with all of the visa stuff made it a hell of a lot easier. IEP stands for International Exchange Programs and it's a company that helps people organise their overseas experiences. They do a bunch of different programs for Canada and the US but the one I'm doing is work USA program which is for graduates to work and live for 1 year.
It's a pretty amazing opportunity that heaps of people don't actually know about. Especially since getting a visa to work in the states is nearly impossible otherwise. You can get the visa either if you're about to graduate from full time study or if you have been studying full time for at least a year. It's such a great thing to do. If you're not sure if you're eligible you should just email them and ask. They know all about the visas and stuff so they can tell you everything you need to know. Once you know you're eligible you just pay the fee and they sort everything for you from visas, flights and all the paper work and stuff once you get over there, pretty amazing.
If you want to know more about getting the Work USA visa go to the IEP website http://www.iep.co.nz/ or you can just email email@example.com and tell him you want to do what Maddy Budd did and he can sort you out. Everyone there is so lovely and helpful.
Yeah so basically I'm shitting myself and I said I wouldn't be upset but I've already cried 4 times this week. So yup.
Anyway, I'll keep you all updated with how everything is going on here on the blog and on twitter and insta etc.
Please if you're reading this can you give me a virtual hug. I need it.