New Years Resolutions seems to be about what to add to your year. But what about endeavouring to subtract instead? Business Insider published an article online giving ideas on ways to subtract from your life and I decided to use this article as a stimulus and as an opportunity to reflect on 2012.
My trip during Canadian winter in 2010 was possibly the first time I’ve mixed work with travel vagabonding. After a several month long contract ended, I decided that I’ve had enough of Brisbane (for the summer anyway), didn’t feel like heading to Toowoomba (where I grew up)… and decided to buy a return ticket to Vancouver. This was also the first time I went overseas by myself.
Early October this year, I received an email from an emerging digital marketer currently based in Brisbane and researching their options to develop their career overseas, in particular the UK. They will remain anonymous 😉 and here’s a slightly reworded of my email exchange with this individual…
I’ve been renting and sharehousing (or flatsharing) since I was 18 when I had to move out of Toowoomba and then to Brisbane for university. I’ve had some fairly interesting experience in Brissie – ranging from flatsharing with three guys (2 French, 1 Portugese) to four people (that was in such a state of flux because of the traveller ratio that I would get maybe one new flatmate every 1-2 months) to family friends and then colleagues. But, this was Brisbane. London is kind of a different ballgame and people have different experiences.
Marrakech is an interesting but nonetheless quiet a difficult city to travel. Why Marrakech and Morocco? I wanted to go somewhere fairly left-of-centre and to also travel somewhere in Africa and felt that Marrakech would be a good introduction in terms of getting to know this continent. Morocco is not the first country that I have been to when Islam is the predominant religion but my last country was ages ago.
London is a city of many transitions.
In between moving out of my old flat and into a new one, it was quiet rocky. I decided to make the most of it – an excuse to be a ‘tourist’ in London by staying in two different hotels in two nights before staying over at a friend’s before I was able to move in to my new place.
It has been a long while since my last post (about my six month anniversary with London). I’m now closely approaching nine months and can’t believe that it has only been this year when I decided to do a massive change in my life and move to the UK.