It’s official, I’m now both a New Zealand and Swedish citizen, which means that I’m really living up to the name The Swedish Kiwi. I’ve been to my citizenship ceremony and I’ve been given my certificate. I kind of thought it would feel a bit different, but I guess at the end of the day, the only thing that’s changed is the fact that I can now have a New Zealand passport, and I can work and live in Australia just like any other New Zealander. Not that I’m looking at doing that anyway, but you know, it’s a good option to have!
The ceremony was pretty short and sweet, about an hour. I had to read out the affirmation and pretty much accept the Queen into my life. Then we all went up on stage individually to grab our certificates and to take a photo with Peter Dunne. I was super nervous going up on stage, because I hate being the centre of attention. They told us beforehand where the camera man would be, but when I got up on stage, I totally forgot where to look. Nerves do that to you.
Once we had all grabbed our certificates, we sang the national anthem, and then it was pretty much over. I’m glad it wasn’t too long, because I had to sit with all the other people that were getting their Citizenship, rather than sit with the people I had invited. But afterwards, I reunited with Jeremy and Kitty. My friend James also got his Citizenship that evening, so we congratulated each other.
There were some light refreshments afterwards, but rather than celebrate, I went home to relax. That seems to be what I do these days. The ceremony was on a Monday anyway, so I wouldn’t have been able to celebrate too much, as I had to get up early for work the next day. In hindsight, I probably should have taken the day after off. Oh well.