I’ve now been on this expat adventure for one whole month now. I’m still very much in the early days. Still waiting for my work visa/residency permit to be approved. Still trying to find my way around. Still struggling with the language (this one is going to be on-going). But I’m still loving it.
I have met some fantastic people here and look forward to meeting many more. I’ve done things I probably wouldn’t have dared to do back in Australia and on the whole am being way more social than I have been in a very long time and find myself loving it.
It hasn’t all been fantastic though. There have been times when doing this whole thing solo has been really tough, when I have felt so very alone. Fortunately those times have been rare and fleeting. I have been saddened by friends who I thought would keep in touch who haven’t and completely taken aback by others who I would have never expected emailing and skyping me to see how I’m doing.
So far there is not much I miss about life in Australia. Oddly, the one thing I really miss is being able to watch TV in English. It’s a strange thing to be missing and something I never thought I would, but I long for the day I can turn on the TV and be able to understand what they are saying. They always say it’s the little things that get to you and for me, at this stage, this is it.
I wonder how I will feel about this whole experience on my two month anniversary. Hopefully, my work visa will have come through by then and I’ll be feeling more settled. My “long term” plan is to have my visa and a place of my own by Christmas. If my visa doesn’t come through, then I’ll be spending Christmas on a plane back to Oz and I really, really don’t want that to happen.