No really. Not a new blog post, a completely new blog. Can’t you tell? Look how pretty it is!
For three years I’ve written a blog over at mylifeinarucksack.blogspot.com, which I initially started to document my adventures as I travelled around Australia. The problem with that blog is that for well over a year the title hasn’t been even remotely true. I’m still living in the same building that I moved in to when I returned to Cairns in July 2013 and I don’t think I’ll be leaving it any time soon. I have a spare room! And a vegetable patch! I’m engaged! My stuff can definitely no longer fit in to my trusty green backpack. Not even close.
So I’ve made a new blog, as you’ve probably noticed. It’s got all my old posts here though because I don’t want to lose them. They represent the last three years of working my life out over here from a time that I really believed that at some point in the future I’d have to move back to London and get a real job again. Commute in the rain. Pay my extortionate council tax and worry about whether the only winter coat I can afford will keep me warm enough.
And then, at some point even further in the future, there would be mortgages and 20 days leave a year and promotions and living entirely for weekends. Feeling depressed beyond belief on Monday mornings. Staring enviously at people on the Piccadilly line on their way to Heathrow while I was on my way to work.
The running joke amongst my friends (and a term that was coined by my beloved best friend Dotty) is that rather than stop at a gap year I’m having a ‘Gap life’, hence the name of the blog.
So to celebrate three years in this vast and beautiful country I’ve made a new blog, one with a name that seems more fitting to my current situation.
It’s very strange to think that three years to the day have passed since I stepped off the plane in Townsville. Some points of those three years have been amazing, some have been terrible but I have fallen in love so hard with this ridiculous country and I’m proud to call it home. If you’d told me on the day I landed that I’d be a resident with an engagement ring firmly on her finger I would have laughed so hard, and then advised you to lay off the meths, but I’m so happy that I am.
I’ve got no idea what this blog is going to really be about. Basically I just like writing about things that I like, mostly travel food and diving. I might get on my high horse about certain issues from time to time especially if I’ve been . Who knows? It’s my blog, ha!
Hopefully it’ll also a way to encourage me to appreciate what I’ve got going on here and how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful part of the world. This is an incredible region and lots of people, Australians included, don’t often realise it. It’ll be nice to share some of the mini-adventures and trips that I take.
Oh and the blog is going to be here for a while too because it took me 4 days to work out how to change fonts on wordpress and there’s no way I’m going through that again.
Enjoy. Or don’t. Whatever. It’s a free country.