Do you come from a land down under?
by Ellie Katherine Grace
Well…..no, actually, but I am living here for a while.
It’s been a long time since I last wrote on my blog, and a lot has occurred during this time. Most notably, I am writing this post from my flat in Bondi, Sydney, AUSTRALIA.
I know, right?!
I decided to move to Sydney after my contract at the wonderful publishing house I was working at in London came to an end. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do next, but I did know I wanted to see some of the world. I felt almost claustrophobic while I was working in London, the commute and routine of each working day felt oppressive, and I wondered if I could ever build up the confidence to pack it all in to go and live somewhere far away…I decided I could. I craved a different work/life balance, at home I had no time for hobbies due to work, and I missed dancing hugely. The focus on outdoor living and healthy lifestyle in Sydney appealed to me as it was such a drastic contrast to London. So, one miserable day, I booked my flights. I had a manic couple of months trying to sort everything out before I went, those that know me are aware that I am a control freak (understatement of the century) so I needed to ensure EVERY. SINGLE. THING was in order before I left. I left the UK on the 26th April and flew with Qatar Airways (who were bloody brilliant may I add, I would highly recommend) firstly to Doha, Qatar, and then onwards to Sydney.
And so here I am! I’m living 15 minutes walk from Bondi Beach, here’s a pic from a hazy early morning stroll:
It is so beautiful. Ok, so right now it is monumentally pissing it down, with gale force winds outside, and very much does not look like the above pic, but still I can’t believe I’m actually here. Everything here is SO different from home (yes, obviously) but I really had no idea just how tropical it would be.
The birds, trees, weather, everything is so amazing and wonderful because of how completely unusual they are to me, and I thrive on that. I’ve only been here a short amount of time, and I am still figuring out lots of things, but I can safely say I am so glad I took the plunge and decided to be brave. I think I needed to make a drastic change, and exploring Sydney has been like a breath of fresh air.
I have no idea what will happen and how things will turn out, but actually, I’m cool with that. Sometimes, I think, it’s ok not to have a plan.
Love, Ellie x
I need to go to the down under