So that’s what I’m going to do, start documenting it all, just like I always wanted to.
I live in London. I guess that’s the crux of it all. Leaving the little bubble of Adelaide and my comfortable existence among family and close friends was one giant leap of faith, naivety and guts. There isn’t a day that I don’t think of my family and best friends; what they are doing or how much I miss them. But I am also so thankful for the life that I have built for myself here, completely from scratch and with only myself to rely on. There have certainly been tough times where I’ve questioned what I’m doing and considered buying that plane ticket home. The winter blues are getting me down, the hustle and bustle of the city is too overbearing, or I am just having that all to common existential crisis about what on earth I am doing with my life.
But then I also think of how grateful I am for this vibrant city, the network of beautiful, wonderful friends I have here, and the experiences that I would not get anywhere else. I see Big Ben out of the train window on my way to work, I enjoy delicious food at different restaurants and cafes, I take street dance classes on Tuesday nights in Southwark, I go for walks in a park filled with deer, I can visit work renowned museums and galleries, and more than anything, I have travelled to places I had always dreamed of. Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Portugal, France, Scotland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Iceland.
Two years. That’s how long my visa will allow me to stay. I’m already 8 and a half months in, and the list of what I want to do and where I want to go just keeps growing. Plans are in the works for more trips, including a special one back home for a few weeks, and my London bucket list gets two more additions for every one thing ticked off.
For now though, I’ll be catching this blog up on everything that’s been happening. Throwback posts on each of the places I’ve been, both internationally and here in the UK and London, plus some little updates here and there of just life in general. I hope you enjoy coming along with me.