Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Travel plans and moving across the planet again

On the day before we headed off to Croatia, we took a few actions which sealed our fate as far as leaving the UK goes. 1. With a lot of regret and after turning down offers from them to extend my working visa, I resigned from my great job at the LDA... 2. And on the same day we gave our notice to leave our fantastic flat in West Kensington.

And a few weeks before this we booked in our flights from London to Brisbane via Los Angeles.

So that's it. We've committed ourselves to a move from London to Brisbane, which will happen a bit over 2 years since we made what seemed like a very scary move away from our very secure and stable lives in Australia. How time flies when you're having the time of your lives!

So over the next few weeks we will be working out how much crap we will have to sell, giveaway, or throw out, and calculate how much we can or will want to take with us on our relocation to Brisbane. I think its only the fact that we've been living in a one bedroom flat that has stopped us from accumulating any more.

And once the packing up is organised, we are embarking on the start of a fantastic trip across Europe from Poland to Spain, through the Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, France, and Spain (roughly in that order) before returning to London for a day or so to repack and head to Cairo for a tour of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria.

Once that's over we will be saying goodbye to everyone in London, collecting all our possessions, and boarding a British Airways plane at Heathrow bound for L.A. and Brisbane, back in time for Christmas. Then we start all over again looking for jobs and setting up a home again, just like we did here in September/October 2004..

So much to do in just on 3 months. But so very exciting.

We're off to Brussels & Bruges in Belgium this weekend to celebrate our birthdays - it should be a great last European weekend away and I will be savouring my last trip on the Eurostar for a while. I plan to eat a lot of frittes with mayonnaise, and consume plenty of strong Belgium beers.



At Wed Aug 16, 02:46:00 am GMT+10 , Blogger Masey said...

All I can say is good luck to you kids. I got dizzy just reading that itinerary!

At Wed Aug 16, 08:37:00 am GMT+10 , Blogger Shane & Carly said...

Nothing really dizzy about it considering we're allocating several weeks to see some new regions we want to see in Italy & Spain, plus travelling through a few other countries we haven't been to yet.

It will be great to just cruise along relishing some pretty amazing parts of the world. Trust me we'll be taking our time - this ain't no Contiki trip!

I'll be sure to pack our bullet-proof vests and helmets for Syria..

At Thu Aug 17, 09:39:00 pm GMT+10 , Anonymous Michael Spargo said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU BOTH!! Enjoy the pralines, waffles, frites and beers in Brugge!! I think there are a couple of hundred chocolate shops for a town of about 80,000 people. Leonidas is a good company of chocolatiers to try - Xavier recommeded them to us.


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