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Been here eight months and all that.
Nine months ago, I made a spur-of-the-moment decision to make some bona fide use of my HKID and move to one of my favourite cities in the world. And eight months ago yesterday, I arrived here! I wasn't going to post today - hello many weeks of not enough sleep finally catching up on this ex-night owl - but I felt it apt to crank up the A/C, make an iced coffee and share some thoughts as I do almost every month. I just really like commemorating dates like these, 'k?

I'd be lying if I said straight out that moving here was the best idea of my life. I mean, it was and is, but I often wonder if some things would be better if I'd stayed. My teeny baby cousin is growing up so quickly and he probably won't remember me when I move back. My best friend is getting married(!!) and I'm only able to share her dress shopping and planning via WhatsApp and Skype. I no longer have the bedroom that I lived in for eleven years.

But things change, quickly, every single day and nothing you or I do can stop that. Living abroad is truly rewarding, not only in learning new ways and finding out odd unknowns about yourself, but in gaining a new perspective of the everyday mundane. If you ever get the chance to move abroad and challenge yourself, do it. Even if you're terrified. I promise it's worth it. You can read my month-long pre-move posts right here!

Spending May and June with my visiting family helped me to take hold of just enjoying the tiny moments. I think that sounds super cheesy written down but it did. It does. My family are the happy, hippie-esque kinda clan who just laugh all the time, my Granny practices yoga thrice a day (aged 79!) and it honestly is all about the fun you have along the way.

Let's round this off on a happy note again, shall we? (Clearly the caffeine hasn't kicked in yet!) I'm so ready to seize the rest of the summer and enjoy it exploring, laying out on the beach, hitting junk trips and chowing down on good food. Please just pass me more A/C.

Kisses! XOXO

19 comments

  1. that is kind of amazing, that you moved literally on the other side of a world.
    www.sheandtell.com

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  2. Moving away from home is never easy and you are really brave for doing so! I spent 9 months in another country last year for an exchange program with my university; even though it was an incredible experience where I met wonderful people and enjoyed a different culture, I found it hard too. There are pros and cons, like for everything :)


    Virginia

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  3. I just had my 4 year Berlin-erversary and I feel just the same as you that it is really important to mark these passsages of time. I always find myself feeling quite strange for a few days - a mixture of happy at how happy I am here and sadness at how long it's been since I was a proper resident of Hitchin who can just pop out of an evening for drinks with old school friends without having to book a flight first.

    The one thing I do know for sure - time just passes increasingly quickly, before I know it I'll have been here 10 years.

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  4. Ah all those tears Mish and it all worked out perfectly fine in the end. You did good!!
    Also - that dress is so pretty on you! There are always pros and cons, but I think there are more pros really in this moment in time - plus, one day you'll be back so you can worry about lost time with the baby cuz then and make some long lasting memories! xx

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  5. Moving away is never going to be easy, I'm hoping one day I can be as brave as you and do this.

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  6. This might be weird but your post was kinda inspirational for me so thank you :) I'm going on exchange soon and seriously considering moving abroad but it's too far into the future to think about right now haha. Will definitely keep your words in my thoughts when I consider moving though!

    Jacqui | Halcyon Jar

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  7. Eek, too kind of you to say. It was easily the most reckless but best decision I've ever made. I actually surprised myself in doing so!

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  8. Ah that sounds amazing! I wish I'd got to do that when I was still studying.

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  9. Wow, 4 years! Yes, I feel exactly the same. Almost guilty at times but then I'm super happy here too. And omgosh, someone from Hitchin! I went to primary school there and live (used to live?) in Stevenage (:

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  10. I still laugh at my WhatsApp meltdowns to you ladies :') not that much has changed, eh? Yes, many many pros at the moment. Just trying to trust in time and hope that things are easy to slip back into if I ever move back!

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  11. Thank you for saying that Kelly!

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  12. Aw wow, thank you Jacqui! What a lovely comment. I wholeheartedly would support you moving abroad - it's terrifying but you learn and grow so much when you're wildly out of your comfort zone (:

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  13. I second that if anyone get's the chance to move abroad, they should go for it! It can be kind of scary but it's such a fun adventure if you make the most of it.

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  14. I can't believe it's been eight months! I'm always second-guessing my decisions but would still love to move abroad as I know that even if its a huge change that things here will change loads anyway in the next year or two. Miss you - might have to raid my airmiles stash next year for a visit! x

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  15. I definitely agree! You learn so many things about yourself from leaving what you know! Experiencing things like homesickness e.t.c makes you appreciate your family so much more and just the little things! Also experiencing a new kind of YOU is always fun and it's an adventure!


    And on a shalllow note - I love your dress! It looks so comfy and pretty! where is it from?

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  16. Me either! The wonders of the Internet certainly help though. That's a pretty good way of seeing it - I can see you moving abroad one day for sure. And yes please! I think you're well overdue a HK visit!

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  17. Absolutely! I was happy before, at home, but I was also just content and coasting through life. I've learnt a million and one things since leaving my comfort zone. And yes!! I feel like I'm embracing both sides of me - my colleagues still love it when I take my 3pm (English) tea break ;) My dress is from a Korean boutique - annoying HK shopping habits! x

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  18. I so know what you mean with the guilt. I have a little niece back in Stevenage and another one on the way - that's hard to miss them growing up. I am also always so pleasantly surprised when someone is from North Herts, it seems I so rarely come across people from our area. I went to primary in Knebworth then secondary in Hitchin :)

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