After two years living abroad… #5TTT

Hi all,

Can you believe that it is two years to the day that David and I moved from Scotland to Perth Australia?

In some ways it feels like only yesterday but in others it feels like we have been here forever.

I remember writing the post to tell you all the good news. I remember confiding in you how excited and nervous I was at the same time. I remember the flight, our first Christmas here, my first birthday here and our first trip over east and down south. Lots of firsts, seconds and now normalities.

For this weeks five top tips, I thought I would share with you five things that have stood out the most to me after living abroad for two years – lessons, tips, advice etc. It’s a massive change to move to the other side of the world… and continues to be so, more than you may expect.abroad - chase the red grape

It never gets easier being away from your homeland

You may be able to deal with it better… but it never gets any easier. Being away from friends and family is very hard and not for the fainthearted. You miss birthdays, weddings, births and other major events that you previously would never have dreamed of missing. You figure out how to ‘cope’ rather than it being ok. Visits are very extra special though.

But home is also where you hang your hat

I have also realised that home can be whatever and wherever you want it to be. For me, home will always be where David and my favourite blanket is – as long as I am snuggled up with the two of them I am happy. What feels like home doesn’t always have to be the same as before or what you have always known. Change can feel like home too if you let it, embrace it and allow yourself to feel the warmth of your new surroundings.

You pick up the lingo

Yes no matter how much you try, you will pick up the lingo of where you live. I was happy simply understanding words and phrases for a while but now they are fully a part of my everyday language. You just can’t stop it! Culture is another aspect that you easily pick up and one I have been more accepting of. Christmas at the beach, weekend winery tours, watching the footie, walking around in your bare feet. Oh with the exception of one, avo toast. Why would you pay someone good money for a mashed avocado on toast when you could make 8 of them at home for the same cost? #thrifty.

You start to notice more, not less of the differences

So what has been the biggest impact between years one and two for me? Noticing more of the differences. The way people act and communicate. The politics and laws. Healthcare and food. They are starting to stand out more, rather than become the norm. Sometimes not always for the better.

You still need to seek adventure

When you move abroad you have this image of it being life’s adventure! For a while it is… and then it isn’t. When you feel settled and at ease it’s great but it also means that adventure spark slowly fades. Both David and I still need to seek our adventures, it is after all what we love to do! Whether that be at the weekend, trips away or bigger travel, we always want to have adventure on the agenda. As with anything in life, if you want it, go get it!

Would you like to live abroad? If so where would you go?

Are you good with picking up other cultures when you travel?

When was the first time you really felt away from home?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

8 thoughts on “After two years living abroad… #5TTT

  1. Juli@1000lovelythings says:

    The concept of home is such a funny thing. I can make myself feel at home very quickly. Like when I spent 6 months in England. After 3 days in a crappy B&B I moved into a room in a shared house and as soon as I had a blanket on my bed and knew where I could brew me a cup of coffee I was home. Stefan never managed to feel homey there even after months. Maybe that’s why I feel so at ease even when I travel. After all home is where I can take my bra off 😛
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    • Jen says:

      Haha yes – home is always where you feel comfortable enough to take your bra off and brew a cup of coffee! I feel like that should be on a t-shirt…
      I love how you can feel at home so quickly. I definitely think that’s why you have the travel spark – no matter where you go everywhere can feel like home.. and that’s so special! 🙂

  2. Susie @ Suzlyfe says:

    I found a quote a year or so ago that said “Home has a heartbeat.” Even just living in different cities can be polarizing, or when my parents go out of the country. But where Alex is, I feel home. It wasn’t always this way, and sure, the East Coast is still Home to me. But he is home.
    I’ve always wondered how I would fare living out of the country where I didn’t speak the language. I imagine I would pick things up, but I am not good at speaking other languages.
    Regardless, you’ve got to be open and willing, or else you will never acclimate, and you will always feel like a fish out of water!

    • Jen says:

      I always thought moving to Australia would be easy – it’s another ‘western’ country, we speak the same language and we drive on the same side of the road. But there are so many differences, even with the language. Everyone here keeps saying ‘sorry, what did you say’, and I didn’t think I had a very strong Scottish accent!
      I love the ‘home has a heartbeat’ quote… so so true! <3

  3. Cora says:

    I love this. Home being where David and your favorite blanket are?…. ah swoon <3

    I'm surprised by your second last point. That's super interesting. You think the changes would all just begin to acclimatize, but I suppose just like missing home, some things will just continue to stick out no matter how long you are somewhere else.

    I remember when you moved, too. What a joy this has been to follow along in the adventure.
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    • Jen says:

      I love that you have all been a part of the adventure! It’s really special to share with you all.
      I too am surprised that the longer we are here the more we seem to notice the differences. I think to begin with the differences were a novelty so I thought we would either adopt them, understand them or learn to love them… but some of them, especially on the politics front, I just can’t and won’t understand. And then there is the back-to-front seasons – still messes with my body! Ha!

    • Jen says:

      Oh I agree you can definitely have more than one home. It makes me feel special and lucky to have that. And they aren’t going anywhere… if we need them they are still there waiting for us to come back 🙂

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