I’ve done it.
Exactly 10 years to the day that I left Germany for NZ. My own version of “Daheim in Bayern, zuhause in der Welt”, roots in Bavaria, at home in the world.
It took me a year from the decision to go for dual citizenship to actually having achieved it. Or depending how you look at it, 10 years from having boarded my flight to NZ on a one way ticket.
Do I feel different now as a NZ citizen?
Yes. A deeper sense of belonging, of NZ now not just being my home but also my country.
But surely you cannot truly belong to two countries?
Yes you can.
I equally love both countries. I equally feel at home here and there. And I feel equally grateful to both for the opportunities and the life that I had, and now have.
It’s been an amazing journey. Not easy. Quite a ride in fact. But incredibly rewarding.
I don’t know where life will take me over the next 10 years. The South Island comes to mind.
But whatever will be, I’m confident that it will continue to be the most exciting mind blowing experience that I had never even dared to dream off.