In 2010 I first landed in Auckland and instantly fell in love with the city. So much that I applied for permanent residency right in that first week.
Like any worthy endeavors, some effort, some uncertainty, a bit of drama, and a lot of luck helped me realize my dream. In the end, it all worked out in my favor. In about 18 months since my first landing in the Auckland International Airport, I gained my permanent residency and eventually citizenship of this beautiful country, which helped me make this lovely city my permanent base.
I’m not too fond of large crowds, and I don’t feel safe in large cities. Although Auckland is NZ’s largest city, it is still small by the standard definition of a large city. It is of just the right size to my liking. I believe it has just the right amount of everything that makes a lovely, liveable first-world city where I am fortunate to live and raise my family.
Moving to Auckland is one of the best decisions of my life, one that enhanced my living experience for the last eleven years and counting. I love traveling, but the feeling I experience every single time I land in Auckland is marvelous!
I feel grateful every single day to have realized my dream of where and how I wanted to live my life. I never took my privilege for granted and never will.
To this lovely city that enriched my life, a very happy anniversary day today!