I love to travel, discover new places, cultures and foods.
The thrill of arriving in a new city, walking the streets and getting the feel of the place.
Loved living in Europe, where we could jump in the car and drive to another country for the day.
It was bittersweet, leaving our expat lives behind and returning home to
Perth, Western Australia a few weeks ago.
A jumble of emotions and chaos as we packed up our possessions, a collection of our
lives in China, England and Germany all intermingled.
Nearly eight years all packed in boxes and sent down under.
The repatriation fog is starting to lift.
The first weeks were a blur of jet lag, couch surfing and unpacking.
Our list of things to do is getting shorter, the dog is out of quarantine
and we finally have a car...and internet!
As we settle back into our lives "back home" we look around and realize that,
even though our city is the most isolated in the world, we won't be popping to another country, or another state for that matter, for lunch or a day trip...it really is a pretty special place to be!
A place where dreams are nurtured and come true.
Our lives are supported by friends who have been around for a long time!
See that red ship, on the other side of the bridge, our UK car is about to be offloaded after it's journey across the seas, just a few kilometers from home. Pretty cool to see on the school drop off!
Fabulous parks to play with the dog, overlooking the Swan River,
the city of Perth in the background.
A place where you park your car according to shade, not distance,
even the local birds "park" themselves in the shade.
Wonderful walks along the familiar paths of the Swan River, complete with Swans.
Refreshing water to swim in when the sun gets a bit much for those of us
who have just left a freezing, German winter.
Rediscovering playgrounds of my children's childhood...and of my own.
Many happy memories were made here, many more to come.
We feel as though we are visiting, that it will soon be time to say our goodbyes as we head back "home" as we have done for nearly eight years living abroad.
We will forever be homesick for China, England and Germany,
but this is our true home, Perth, Western Australia.
We are back and we are going to love getting to know you again!