Wednesday 14 February 2018

Moving to Australia

2018 is going to be my biggest adventure yet, as I am taking on my biggest challenge to date - I'm moving to Australia.

Over the last decade I have travelled far and wide, been on many a trip, countless flights, seen a whole host of new things, and made some amazing new friends from all across the globe. The experiences I have had can't really be put into words, as to do so wouldn't do them justice. Just know that the memories I have created and the experiences are worth more than any material possession, and have shaped my present and will shape my future. 

Whilst in Central America in November 2017, I felt completely and utterly content. I was in my absolute element with an amazing tour group, seeing some of the most beautiful places I had ever seen, and just feeling completely stress-free. Although I would say I very much had the travel bug already, my trip to Central America confirmed for me that I wanted to try living abroad. Whilst away I met a girl who was moving to London from Australia, and worked in healthcare like me. She'd just decided she wanted to give it a go, and without much thought, she was off! I've wanted to go to Aus for work since around 2011, but several things got in the way and when it came to applying and paying money for the application process, I freaked out and stopped.

Fast forward to December just gone, when I turned 30. I looked into the options for working in Australia, and found that you can get a working holiday visa up until the day before your 31st birthday. It made me realise that if I wanted to do it, then I had to do it now. Time is of the essence, and the last thing I want in my life is regrets. I therefore applied straight away for my visa, got confirmed a few weeks later, and decided I would then apply for my nursing registration in Australia so that I have some guaranteed work.
So here we are, in February, my flights have been booked, I've got my visa, I've applied for my nursing registration, and I've handed in my notice at work. To put it bluntly, I'm shitting myself. But here's to new adventures! 


Tuesday 6 February 2018

London Cider Tour

The cider vats at Hawkes Cidery & Taproom
Lots of cheese at Borough Market
One of my best buds, Sophie, organised me a surprise birthday treat to celebrate my 30th birthday. Somehow she managed to keep it secret for several months (although we both think she told me a while back whilst we were both drunk on holiday, and the next morning neither of us could remember whether we had spoken about it or not!), and so I was very excited when I met Sophie at London Bridge to find out that we were heading to a pub to join a cider tour. Anyone that knows me will know that cider is one of my fave things in life, so Sophie scored major friend points there!

Along the way we went to three different places to try different ciders, whilst hearing about the history of cider and how it's made. I'll admit it's not something I've really given much thought to, so I found it really interesting. We had a great group and we all got along well and were able to have a laugh, but then again if you put a load of cider-loving strangers together, then I'm sure you'll never have a problem! Our guide was great and let the tour go on much longer than the three hours we should have done. It was his first tour 'solo' and he was obviously enjoying it as much as we were.

After we had finished the tour, we all went and found another pub to have some more cider together, before Sophie and I disappeared to find a diner-style restaurant to gorge on far too much food and take advantage of the cocktail deals. I went home feeling completely full of alcohol and food, happy and content. 
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