Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Friday, 30 March 2012

Sydney 2012

Time for another random post. I am not even going to apologise for the lack of activity this time as I am fairly sure not many people stop by the blog any more and I am probably just talking to myself these days. Still it's therapeutic for me to dip back in and share random thoughts with strangers every once in a while.

So, where did we leave off last time? If I remember correctly I was about a week away from leaving the UK to move to Sydney, we are now 8 months in to life in Oz and it has been an experience to say the least! I have moved three times, hopefully I can manage to stay in one spot for a while now, have met heaps of new people and found that Sydney was just as good as I remembered.

I feel that me and Sydney are a good fit, the culture and lifestyle seem to agree with my personality and I do not think I have felt more at home anywhere else in the world. Travel is still always in the back of my mind but is now all about great holidays rather than trips of discovery and globe crossing relocations, for now anyway ;-)

It has not been the smoothest of rides since I got her and a lot has changed in my life but when life hands you lemons, grab some tequila and salt and get on it! (I know it should really be limes for tequila but just go with it, ok?)

So what's next? Who knows, but I am sure it will be fun and there will be laughter and tears along the way and every now and I again I will remember I have a blog and come back and randomly tell anyone who fancies a read what it is on my mind.

2012, let's see what you've got in store...

Friday, 1 July 2011

So what's next for the OzBus Diaries and its author?

Hey, see I am still alive, honest, just not been giving this blog the attention it deserves, as usual.

I am trying to get better at keeping this up to date and as usual I will start my post with the promise to start writing here more regularly and will probably blog again in a couple of months and apologise for not doing it sooner but you all know this part of my charm!

So what is my excuse this time? Well I have been busy getting on with life and working out what direction to head in. After two and a bit years back in the UK I have decided it is not the place for me. So at start of this year I pulled myself together and went job hunting overseas, my goal was to get a sponsored role in Sydney and move back to Oz permanently.

I began by researching PR firms in Sydney, trying to find the right fit for me and my experience then got in touch with the top ones and began the process. It was slow going to start with then a couple of months ago a phone interview went well, was followed up with a Skype interview, a couple of tests and before I knew it, a job offer!

So now I am a week away from leaving the UK for good for a new life in Sydney. This will not be the crazy travelling adventure that the rest of this blog has been dedicated to over the years but it will be certainly be an adventure, anyone who wants advice on emigrating feel free to get in touch and I can share what I have learnt and keep your eyes out for future posts on how life in Sydney is going.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

From then to now....

I returned from my travels in Feb 2009, over two years ago and rather than just carry on from today without filling in the blanks I thought I would give any of you that are interested a quick summary of the last two years so here goes:

  • Moved 4 times in the first seven months before eventually setting up home in Clapham Junction
  • Got a rescue dog from Battersea, she is a border collie and will be 13 this May (she was 11 when we got her)
  • Went back to work in the tech PR industry
  • Ran the London Marathon
  • Turned 30
  • Did a lot of "London tourism" making sure I had seen all the city had to offer (including the Great British Duck Race)
  • Went to Germany twice (once for a stag do, once for the Christmas Markets)
  • Went to Dubai on holiday
  • Went to Ireland a lot!
  • Won an electric bike and now brave the traffic most days on the way to work (buses and taxis are not my friends)
  • Went on the Orient Express (to Kent) and got engaged along the way
  • Got lens replacement and laser eye surgery meaning I can see unaided for the first time since I was four
  • Began planning my wedding, in Sydney, at the end of 2011
  • Set up an Australian wine Twitter @boutiquecellar 
  • Lots of other things that I can't remember right now and are probably not that interesting anyway...
And I think that covers the highlights of the last two years and brings me up to date so watch this space for new and hopefully exciting musings on life the universe and everything and I wouldn't be surprised if travel and wine continue to be strong themes going forward.