Hello from London!

It’s crisp outside and the skies are grey, hinting at rain but the clouds aren’t breaking just yet.  When your body involuntarily shivers occasionally whilst walking down the street, it’s yet another reminder that I’m not in warm, sunny Australia anymore!

I had a fantastic journey over here after I was upgraded to First Class.  The service in the cabin is just top-notch, along with the Dom Perignon and caviar!  The only glitch in the flight was that my inflight entertainment system was on the blink for the Sydney-Bangkok leg, and with the cabin being full there was no other seat available.  For the Bangkok-London leg however, there were only four of us in the cabin so I was able to switch seats.  All credit to the cabin crew who eased my disappointment by letting me choose a complimentary gift from the duty free catalogue.

Ben’s company has arranged temporary accommodation in Notting Hill for him (us!) so yesterday he took me around the local neighbourhood, including the Portobello markets that featured lots of little stalls selling Christmas trees, paella, fresh seafood, winter woollies and more.  There is such a nice village feel here, and lots of cafes and restaurants.  It reminds me a lot of Balmain, but unfortunately the rents here are incredibly prohibitive so I should banish any thoughts of living in Notting Hill!

For my birthday today, I met up with some friends for lunch and drinks, including a few that I hadn’t seen since 2000 (Paul and Graham above).  We leave tomorrow morning for our Christmas holiday trip.

And so the adventures begin!

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The world out there

It’s not deemed socially a good thing, but I am now unemployed for the first time ever since I finished university! So now the countdown has truly begun for my move to the UK.

The next three weeks before I depart on 21 December will be a whirlwind of putting my vast collection of crap into storage, spending quality time with my family, last minute farewells with my friends, and trying to fit in some fun stuff in between.

I don’t feel nervous or apprehensive at all about the move – just incredibly excited! It’s something that I’ve been wanting to do for such a long time, and the thought of seeing all the wonderful cities and cultures around Europe just has me salivating. We already have a trip to Venice booked for Christmas (and trying to fit in some skiing there too), and some short trips to Ireland and Spain. And that’s only until the end of January! Then we have tickets to the Reading Festival in August, which will be an amazing music experience.

So I have redesigned my website in anticipation of lots of stories and updates about our travels around Europe. Hopefully I will be much better at updating my blog from now on than I have been in the last couple of years!

lounge room

Goodbye lounge room!  Goodbye home!