It's hard to say how this travelling affected me. Initially I was adamant that I would never leave the UK again, except to go on holiday. I wanted to stop somewhere and put down proper roots. It's certainly affected my siblings in different ways. My older sister is very happy to stay put in one place now, roots dug deep. My older brother enjoys travel, but has said that he is happy to live where he is now, surrounded by his friends. My younger brother is entirely different, and has already taken himself off once to live in Bangkok with his girlfriend (now his wife), and I think is planning more adventures. I am probably somewhere in the middle. Had I not married The Husband, with his job that takes us off around the world, perhaps I would have been comfortable to stay in the UK for ever. However, within a year of being married, we were off on our first posting to Milan in Italy. We stayed there for 2 years before moving on to Mumbai, India, for 3 years. Whilst we were in these places, we did our best to explore the country we lived in, as well as those made more accessible by their closeness. Had we not been living in Mumbai and my father in Kathmandu, it's highly unlikely I would ever have got round to visiting Nepal, especially not with a 10 month old in tow.
|My tiny snails setting sail on a ferry in Sydney!|
The move was emotionally harder than I had anticipated - I miss my friends and family in the UK, and I miss being close enough to be able to help them when they are going through difficult times. However, we have just come back from our first holiday here and I have so much enjoyed being able to explore a new place. We drove to Sydney from Brisbane, stopping at Port Macquarie on the way down and Coff's Habour on the way back up. I have been able, freed from the tyranny of the school run for a week, to appreciate the opportunity that we have here, and that I have been lucky enough to have had all my life, to explore more of the world than many people get the chance to. As the tiny snail said in the Snail and The Whale, "The sea is deep and the world is wide" and we are going to take our chance to sail it whilst we can.