Sunday, 1 June 2014

Farewell to Melbourne

I've been pretty lax on the blogging front recently, I can promise it has definitely been on my mind but there has been a lot going on in my life recently and time has been particularly limited. The reason is both a sad and a happy one because after months (and I mean months) of deliberation, we finally decided to leave Melbourne and head back to London town (oh and I also got engaged and started a new job amongst other major, life changing events).

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The decision to move back was hard. Hard because Melbourne is in my opinion truly one of the best cities in the world to live in and harder because during the two years I lived in Melbourne I have been lucky enough to make some irreplaceable friends that I am very sorry to leave and I hope will be part of my life for years and years to come.

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Domain Chandon winery, Yarra Valley
If anyone reading this ever has the chance to live abroad then I would wholeheartedly say- DO IT! I've always liked the idea of living abroad for a few years but if I'm honest, without the trigger that I had (I met a boy, yep - total cliché) I'm not sure I would have ever had the guts to actually do it. It's scary going out of your comfort zone but that's also one of the things that makes it so exciting. Yes there are hard days when you feel lonely for no reason, but the sense of accomplishment and satisfaction you get for every good day is worth 10 of those bad days.

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Spring Racing Carnival, Melbourne
You say yes to more than you want to do and end up meeting strangers for coffee purely because they're your friend's, friend's, old flatmate's, ex-girlfriend and who knows, you might get get on so why not?

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A windy trip down the Great Ocean Road
You organise weekends away and mini-holidays in bulk because, despite working a full-time job, you kind of feel like you are on an extended gap year and travelling more than your budget allows is totally permissible.

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Sydney Harbour Bridge
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Whitehaven beach, Hamilton Island

You get excited by the idea of doing pretty much anything purely because it's new and you won't get to do it at home.

Yes you miss home, but home will always be there and so will true friends.

It’s kind of strange to think I arrived in Melbourne for the first time in February 2012 having never been bothered with the idea of even visiting Australia, and I've left in May 2014 with the hope it won’t be too long before I'm back.

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Jacon's Creek winery, Barossa Valley
On the plus side, outfit posts on the blog will inevitably increase dramatically as I reignite my love for Zara back in the UK. Until then, they might be a bit sporadic but bear with me, I promise I'll be back in full force soon!

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