Today I’m celebrating five years since I landed in this fantastic country from the UK. Fresh out of a long-term relationship, a shared mortgage and a job that had started to become pretty tiresome, I hit on the idea of heading to Sydney for a year to work. I’d never been to Australia before (in hindsight, I realise that sounds a bit crazy) but heck, I knew two people here!
I get a little bit emotional every time I tick off another year in Sydney. This year is no exception. The last 12 months were a rollercoaster, which almost saw me lose my right to stay here. There’s nothing like it to make you realise how much you desperately want to stay somewhere! But it’s all good. I got my permanent residency this year and yes, I cried tears of relief.
I LOVE SYDNEY. I still feel like a tourist when I take the ferry (several times a week!) or see the bridge. My love affair with Sydney is intense and I think it’s the kind of love affair you can only really have as an immigrant. I seriously don’t think there’s anywhere I’d rather live. New York is one of the most magical places I’ve ever been to but I don’t think I could handle actually living there. [Read more...]