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Five Year Aussie-versary. And, I’m Just Getting Used to Vegemite

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The flight

The flight

Five years ago today, Art and I first stepped foot onto Australian soil. With us, we had 4 suitcases, 5 surfboards and as much carry on baggage as they would allow on the plane. We left EVERYTHING behind. Actually, we still have a storage shed full of crap sitting in Berlin, Maryland, if anyone wants to go rummaging around. The storage shed is full stuff that we frantically packed away as we ran out of time getting ready for our over seas voyage. I was planning on doing a year of university to get my Masters of Education so that I could become a teacher. Art was coming for the ride and we weren’t exactly sure about his plan, but he wasn’t going to stay behind in Maryland USA all by himself! Looking back, it was probably the scariest, riskiest and stupidest thing we’ve ever done in our lives!!!! Drop everything and move all the way across the world!?! Yes, we were indeed crazy!

For years, I had had some major ants in my pants. I was looking for something different. I was going bonkers staying where we were staying and doing what we were doing. I was so unsettled and felt the intense desire to escape! So strong were the feelings, that I had to listen to my gut. I had to go. I mean, everyone can find a way to improve their lives, or find something that they don’t like about their situation, but this was different. Something had to change! We had to go! There was no looking back and we weren’t exactly planning on returning to where we came from. But did not know where we were going to end up after I was finished with my degree. We had no idea what to expect when we moved here. I mean, even though we were living in an English speaking country, it was a whole new world for us and we were absolutely clueless, tired and I was scared that we had made a stupid decision.

Five years later, a degree, some work (less for me, more so for Art), a wedding, two babies and lots and lots of other stuff along the way, we’re still here. We love Australia. I feel settled and at home. Not just because of where we live, but because of the things that we’ve been through. Not only do I feel at home in Australia, but the past five years has been a huge inner growth spurt as well. I feel at home with myself now too 🙂

Here’s a mini photo montage of the past five years! What a trip it’s been!

This is what we came with... somehow we've acquired an entire apartment full of stuff in the meantime!

Our luggage… somehow we’ve acquired an entire apartment full of stuff in the meantime!

Tired, scared and new to Australia... were these people really speaking English?!

Tired, scared and new to Australia… were these people really speaking English?!

Driving on the 'right' side.  Even still, I occasionally try to get in  the driver's side, on the wrong side.

Driving on the ‘right’ side. Even still, I occasionally try to get in the driver’s side, on the wrong side.

Lot's of this happening... Rainbow Bay surf sesh

Lot’s of this happening… although rarely together anymore, Rainbow Bay surf sesh

Our first Aussie Christmas

Our first Aussie Christmas

A degree.

A degree

Lots of yummy vegetarian food.

Lots of yummy vegetarian food

Quick trip to India for yoga teacher Sri Sri Yoga teacher training

Quick trip to India for yoga teacher Sri Sri Yoga teacher training (4 weeks pregnant with Margo)

Three months pregnant with Margo... and going for a surf!

Three months pregnant with Margo… and going for a surf!

A wedding

A wedding

Ready to pop

Ready to pop

A baby

A baby

Lots of baby wearing!

Lots of baby wearing!

Sweet little yogi baby

Sweet little yogi baby

Another baby

Another baby

Best buddies

Best buddies

Seems like we have doubled in size since coming to Australia...

Seems like we have doubled in size since coming to Australia…

24 Responses »

  1. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, Kate!

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  2. Love, Nikki 🙂

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  3. awwwww, that’s a bwediful story! congrat’s, Australia is lucky to have you all ! xx

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  4. Kate, wish you happy anniversary 😀

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  5. Joanna Goanna

    What a beautiful story!! xx

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  6. So nice to hear your story!! (I also laughed out loud at “are they really speaking English?” I felt the same way when I went to Northern England!!! Haven’t been to the USA though but would love to go one day. So glad you are loving living here, it is a great place! Welcome and enjoy!

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    • It’s funny, isn’t it?! I started uni within days of arriving, and I could hardly understand what my teachers were saying to me! I was in real trouble!

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  7. Congratulations! It sounds like it’s been a wonderful 5 years 🙂

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  8. Where is Berlin, MD? We’re about 10 minutes from Cumberland, on the WV side of the river. 😉

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  9. Thanks for the follow! Amazing what a journey you’ve all been through. The quality of life in Australia looks incredible… And u guys get way more sun than here in the UK! My partner and I hope to work a year abroad with our daughter possibly in Canada but its such a big step. I’ve had the wanderlust though since my parents took me to live in the states for 7 years, an amazing experience! X

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    • We are very lucky… America is nice.. but we like Australia just a lot more 🙂 I’ve only been to London once for a long lay-over, I must get back there one day and really explore!

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  10. I had no idea you weren’t Australian! Great story! 😀 I especially love the part about going to India for yoga certification. I can’t imagine doing all of what you did!! 🙂

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  11. You’ve had an amazing journey! So rich, so full.

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