We've been in the UK long enough now that we can reflect on what we were doing here this time last year. With that in mind, I started to wonder how different a person I've become both mentally and physically since we left Australia in December 2014.
Why did we move overseas?
Most of our friends moved to the UK or had their overseas experiences in their 20's. Neither of us were really in a place to do it back then. Pete had considered having an overseas experience a few years before we met, when he had some spare time in between jobs. After about a year of us meeting I came across an ideal time in my life, so with this in mind, I made the choice. Initially Pete was quite happy to stay in Australia and not as keen to leave Australia. After lots of discussions, and working it all out, we were both on board and we started to make our overseas plans.
Tracking our journey via blogging
I think many of my blog posts track how both of us have grown and changed during this journey, but I thought it would be fun to look at a picture a month from departure to now. Now I'm not necessarily looking for wrinkles or grey hairs, but I am sure that our experiences have changed us, and that what we were going through at the time may also have been written on our faces.
A Photo a month
Inspired by this, I have found a photo from each month we have been away, including our 'farewell Aus' photo that we took in the lounge before getting on the plane to depart. I'd be curious to hear your feedback about what you notice as time passes.
View the images as you would read a book, returning to the left at the end of each line to continue the journey in time. Hover your mouse over the images for captions and links to stories that match.
Non visible changes
Whilst our faces may remain somewhat the same (grey hairs, wrinkles anyone?) we have most definitely changes as people. We have been lucky enough to explore a lot of countries in our time overseas which has really helped us to develop our sense of self. We better know what we enjoy and what we don't enjoy and have a better perspective on how others see the world. Australia is quite a remote place compared to Europe and travelling to a large number of countries has helped us realise that 'normal' is relative. Normal is what you are used to and differs from place to place.
We have loved our time abroad, but being away from family and friends for so long has made us realise that their is no place like home. We love Australia and we have loved travelling, but there is no place like home and for us that is Melbourne. It has also sunk home for us what it means to be Australian and we will never assume normal sayings like 'op shop' (charity store) or hoons (hooligans on the road) will be understood everywhere, or be said without a small laugh when others hear them!
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