After a stressful 3 months of waiting, my Tier 1 highly skill migrant visa for the UK was finally approved! As soon as the approval email appeared in my inbox, I ran around the house squealing with excitement, although when I told my mum her face fell with disappointment at the realisation that I would soon be back on the other side of the world.
Not trusting that the British High Commission would send my passport back in time for me to make the Chamonix ski trip that I had planned, I flew down to Canberra for all of 2 hours just to personally pick up my passport, and within 6 days of receiving my approval email, I was back in London!
It was great to be back in the social atmosphere of the Expedia office, where everyone had apparently deeply missed my boisterous laughter. For three days I had people coming up and telling me how much they missed my smile and laugh!! It was so nice to have people interaction after three months of working from home.
However, my stay in London was very brief, as I jetted off to France for a week of skiing. There had just been a dump of fresh powder before I arrived, so the skiing was just fantastic. I have also finally been converted to the joys of listening to music whilst carving up the slopes, and there was just nothing more amazing than hitting powdery black runs on the side of Mont Blanc to the beats of Lady Gaga, Basement Jaxx, Pendulum and Crystal Castles!
I am spending the Easter long weekend being a tourist in London, with trips planned to Kensington Palace, Hampton Court Palace and Windsor Palace. This is all an attempt to save some money before I head out to Malaysia for three weeks on Tuesday, which includes spending an indulgent 9 days diving and relaxing at the very awesome Kapalai island resort!