Several things happened in the last few days (weeks?), but my days have been so busy that I haven’t been able to update you with the news, real time.
Ok, I confess, the Olympics are taking a lot of my free time! Let me open some parenthesis here and tell you that I’ve been watching the Brazilian athletes compete, live, with brazilian narration, online my PC for free! I mean, kind of free, because Internet is still not free over here.
Services like JustinTV, SopCast and live news on the GloboNews website are preventing me from writing in times of Olympic Games, I cannot avoid looking when I hear the narrator saying, in Portuguese, that another Brazilian is on the tatami, in the pools, celebrating a goal or a point in a volleyball game.
Now I am taking a little gap, since Sportv is showing a game between Lithuania and Russia that I am not interested at all and will update the site with 7 tasks from our to-do list:
Tidying up the camera to travel
We took the camera to a specialized shop to have the sensor cleaned. The photos were coming with some little dots of dirt, which would not be nice to happen during the trip. We left the camera at the shop and picked it up 2 days later, clean photos now, task #1 met and $80 less in the wallet. Now with the new lens we won’t have to have change lenses all the time and I hope that the sensor don’t get dirty again so soon!
New backpack or old backpack
We’ve been out several times looking for a new backpack for Felipe. We’ve been to several stores, between prices and benefits we ended up not buying anything so far. We’ve decided that we will first separate our stuff and see how our old backpacks are and if everything fit in them, then we’ll decide if we do buy a new one or not. Task #2 still on the to-do list.
Tidying up the car to sell
Two weeks ago we took the car to a workshop to get the “Warrant of Fitness.” The WoF is a certification that all vehicles are required to get regularly. The car goes through an inspection that will approve or disapprove the conditions to use it. In our car’s case, that is a bit old (12 years), we must renew it every 6 months. The one we had before was valid until October, but we decided to get a new one to sell it, as it also is a guarantee for the buyer that the car is in good conditions. So our car has been inspected and passed in the quality control without any difficulty. Yay, task #3 accomplished and $60 less in the pocket.
Last Saturday must have been the coldest day of the year (it was feeling like -3 degrees, thanks to southerlies winds and rain), even so, there we went to wash the car. The poor car had never been washed since we bought it, one and a half year ago! We went to a service station and used one of those car wash machines that you stay inside the car while it makes the whole service. Well, almost.. yet we had to clean it all with a cloth, inside and outside. After that, we used a vacuum cleaner that works with a $1 coin, and stays on a few minutes, then you put another coin. All this in the rain and cold. To finalize we used a thing that was supposed to be “new car smell,” I guess we are the only ones that believe it in such a thing. Okay, car clean and good smell, let’s take the photos to advertise it and sell.. but then there was no time any more, it was getting dark and still raining, so let’s leave it for tomorrow. Task #4 half-accomplished.
It was worth the trip to Petone.. we got there and saw that the mountains, these ones really close to Wellington, were covered with snow, beautiful!
On Sunday Felipe left at 5:30 in the morning and travelled to Mt Ruapehu to ski, I mean, snowboarding. He spent the whole day there and took with him the car (clean) and the commitment to come back with the photos to make the ad on the internet. Needless to say that he returned full of photos.. the road which was covered with snow, the mountain, snowboarding, friends, and none of the car. Okay, there was one of the car, but the focus was the snow, then there is no point. When I asked why he had not taken the photos, he said “because the car got dirty in the snow.” I really don’t want to comment this.
Some progress with the wedding planning
While Felipe was at the mountain I stayed in Wellington, enjoyed the beautiful sunny and windless day to walk around and take some pictures of our view from home, which I know I will miss.
Later I talked to my parents via MSN and we made some progress planning the wedding: the venue is already booked. As I had not decided whether I wanted a Saturday or a Sunday, my dad booked it for the whole weekend!!
We were talking about numerology, what will be the moon, and other magical things that inspired me to start writing the ceremony. Oh, if you don’t know, I’m writing the ceremony myself, and I was blocked, unable to go through the blank paper. Now that I gave the first step, I think the rest won’t be that difficult. Task #5 half completed. I just need to stop watching the Olympics and I might be able finish it before travelling.
New Zealand driver’s licence
Tuesday was our practical test to convert the Brazilian driver’s licence to the New Zealand one, and then get an international licence. After 11 years driving, we had to do all over again. We passed the theory test 5 months ago and the practical was booked to happen the day before yesterday. Each test was supposed to take 1 hour. Felipe’s test lasted 10 minutes and my one 15.
We both failed in the first part of the test!!
Of course, nobody here was smart enough to know (remember) that to pass on a driver’s licence test is not only about knowing how to drive and using the common sense, we must know the rules, ALL the rules.
So.. no New Zealand driver’s licence for us this time, and no international licence either. Task #6 failed. Another test now, only next year.
The Indian visa
Today we went to the Hight Commission of India to apply for our tourist visa. We took the forms (completed and signed), 2 passport size photos each (they ended up staying with only one), the passports, an envelope completed with the delivery address (this time I put my work address there) and $110 for each visa.
As it seems that no visa in the world is easy to get, we arrived at the building and the security asked where we were going, we said, he asked us to wait and got the phone. I said that we were there only apply for a visa, he hang up the phone and said that it was not there, we had to go to the Brazilian Embassy. “This guy doesn’t know what he’s saying“, I thought. I showed him the form indicating the address on it. He told us to wait a few minutes that the security guy would be back soon and we could speak to him. So he was not the “official” security, he was only replacing someone else. When the security arrived, we said what we wanted and he said “9th floor.” Simple!
It was nearly 2 o’clock in the afternoon when we got to the 9th floor and on the door there was a sign with the business hours: from 9:00 to 13:00. Crap, I can’t believe it!
Felipe pushed the door and it was open, inside a very nice Indian lady said “I was almost going home, but you can give me your papers.” Nothing like a non-kiwi to not follow the rules.. to good, of course!
“It will take seven working days“, she said with an Indian accent not so easy to understand. Task #7 started and proceeding. And my passport once again will be in NZ Courier hands.
** Now I’m going back to watch the Olympics.. Brazil is swimming for a medal!