Well, we’re into the second month of Summer here in Scotland and it is absolutely bucketing with rain outside. Oh, and the temperature also hasn’t risen about 18C in about 2 weeks, and the forecast today is for a high of 15C.
Anyhoo, with this beautiful weather in mind, I’m more often than not asked the same ol’ question whenever I meet someone new:
“Why the hell would you give up the sunshine in Australia, for Scotland?”
I’ve been asked this question so often I usually just laugh and say “The weather!” hoping they’ll think it a bit of a joke, and the conversation can move along onto more important things (like shoes).
Now, y’all know I love me a bit of rain, but that doesn’t really explain why I relocated here, and what inspired a life upheaval, and international relocation.
I decided in 2014 to give up my entire life in Australia – friends, a job, an amazing apartment, a fabulous lifestyle. In order to move to the other side of the globe, I sold all my stuff (furniture, books etc), gave away most of my clothing, and pretty much had to start my life from absolute zero (ok, I did have all my shoes sent over so y’know, not zero but close to.)
My new life in the UK began in London in January 2015, before making the move to Glasgow in the November. Below is the view from the window of the first place I lived in London (Notting Hill).
I love London. Love. And I’d move back there in a heartbeat if I was ever given the opportunity. It is such a huge and friendly city that embraces everyone and lavishes them with attention and opportunity. It was a city in which I was never bored, had some amazing friends, and experienced some truly amazing adventures.
However, I had all that in Sydney also, so clearly that wasn’t a motive for relocating. Money wasn’t a motivator, as to be quite honest, I would be living far more comfortably in Sydney than I could ever hope to live here in the UK due to extortionate cost of living.
So, why did I give up everything I knew for the UK?
Plain and simple.
Although in Australia I enjoyed my lifestyle, there was little opportunity for me: I would never be able to afford to purchase property in Sydney by myself (I enjoy avocado toast too much), would never be able to afford to further my education, and (amongst many other reasons) would never be able to travel as often as I would like to due to the cost of flights and also the fact Australia is in the middle of nowhere.
So, I gave it all up to start from almost zero.
I made a lot of sacrifices, and you know what? Those sacrifices have completely paid off! I mean, look at this blurry view of Royal Exchange Square in Glasgow:
Sure, I don’t have as many friends here as I did over there, and sure it costs a little bit more to import stuff from my favourite overseas online stores, and yeah, I may not earn as much here as Sydney, but each and every one of these sacrifices is well worth the opportunities that this move has afforded me which anyone reading this blog will join me watching unfold during my life here.
I took a huge risk, sacrificed my entire life for the hope of opportunity, and it paid off; I love my life here in Scotland and can’t imagine living my life anywhere else.
Or, you know, I moved here for the weather!
Have you moved internationally? What inspired your relocation to another country?