I’m sorry I trolled you all so hard last week, but I genuinely do have great big news and I’m very excited about it. Your reactions made it all worth it!
Without further ado, I’m delighted to announce that…
I’ve been offered a job in Sydney!
Just in case you wanted to find out what the news was and you’re not too bothered about anything else, thanks for reading and you can go now. If you want to know details and/or you are interested in pitching in with some useful information, please read on.
So are you going to take it?
I really, really hope so! It all depends on being granted a visa. Which we won’t know about until a few weeks before we’re due to fly out (not stressful at all).
Why do you want to go to Sydney anyway?
I think this post should make things fairly clear.
What about work?
I’m categorically not one of those people who quits my job to travel the world – good for others, not for me. I am too risk averse and, clue in the title of this ‘ere blog, I am a nester. I need a home.
So I have negotiated a transfer with my current employer. I’ll be working for the ANZ branch of my company who are sponsoring me to move out and start work with them. Subject to that whole visa thing, of course.
Is this a forever thing or what?
We’ll be going for a two year trial period, and we’ll reassess at the end of that.
I’m quite clear that this is a real trial, not a device to ease people gently into the reality that we’re leaving forever. Neither of us have ever lived abroad before, and we genuinely might decide at the end of the two years that it’s really not for us. Having spoken to a couple of other expats we feel confident that two years is a good length of time, as apparently the first year is somewhat difficult…! Aside from that, you never know what might happen in two years and for whatever reason we may feel that we are best off elsewhere. At this moment I really couldn’t say and I’m really very happy with that!
When are you leaving?
We have flights booked at the end of March. So we have about three and a half months to get this show on the road.
So it’ll be nose straight to the grindstone?
Well, me being me, I was quite adamant that S and I needed a decent break between jobs. Call it a transition into expat life, if you will. Therefore we’re not starting work in Australia until the beginning of May, which leaves us about a month to make our way from the UK to Sydney. Thus far we’ve booked in to see some friends in Thailand, so we have flights to Bangkok and no further. I neeeed travel suggestions for the rest of the month, if you can help please read on…
Are you having a leaving party?
Yes, and you’re invited. Actually, we’ll probably have a few smaller parties as aligning all people from all spheres of life is basically impossible these days.
But what about all your stuff?
We will be selling as much as we possibly can. Shipping is expensive yo, and most of our belongings won’t be relevant in Australia eg all my fleece lined items of clothing. We still have some tough decisions to make on things like wedding china and books, though.
Tell me. How are you really feeling about it all?
I’m excited, obviously. It’s been great hearing people’s positive reaction to the news, and most have been really kind about it. Of course, I’m also sad to be moving away from my family and friends, but as I was saying to a friend of mine the other day, a lot of them are moving about themselves or undergoing significant life changes that make it harder for me to see them. When it all comes down to it, you can’t live your life for other people anyway.
Aside from that, I’m pretty nervous about all the stuff I have to get done between now and the move; I have no idea how I’m going to fit it all in. I have a feeling these next few months are going to be full.on.
Is there anything I can do to help?
Why yes, kind reader, there is and I’m so glad you offered. I’m looking for help with a few things.
- Are you also an expat? I’m looking for expat tips. Any expat tips. I’m going to put together a collaboration post with my favourite ones so if you want to get involved please send me an email.
- I’m also looking for expat blogs to follow. I need a role model. I read quite a few expat blogs and I love all of them, but I haven’t found anyone in *quite* my situation yet. The situation being a couple who expats themselves where the husband is the ‘trailing spouse’ (sidenote: I hate that term but it seems to be de rigeur in expat blogging circles). I thought it would be easy to find one but I can’t seem to. If you know of any please leave a link in the comments, tweet a post to me or email me their details.
- I’m desperate for travel tips for our month transition. If you’ve been to anywhere amazing in between Bangkok and Sydney please let me know all about it, I’m all ears. I’m open to all options here!
Ok that’s it. I’m so excited! I’m only sorry I’m not starting an armadillo rescue centre after all…