Long Weekend In Amsterdam

Glen and I “organised” a trip to Amsterdam for my birthday, I say organised because our organisation amounted to basically booking flights and accommodation. I had a lot of work to get ahead of before going and so it was a number of nights with very little sleep beforehand. I wanted to be able to…

British Medical Bureaucracy & Safe Needle Practices

Oh wow, the British love their bureaucracy! I should’ve been aware of this after the visa application and then setting up the bank account, but I underestimated the British and their healthcare system. In Australia it is a simple process of making an appointment with the doctors and turning up – if you’re not on…

Reality

This post may read as a bit depressing but it is just one small aspect of our move and I think it is good to be honest about reality – that it isn’t all amazing straight away when you move. In the first few weeks of moving I felt very isolated even though we were…

Sorry, I Need Proof Of Address

Becoming recognised in the UK is very difficult – even if you have a visa – everyone needs proof of address. This proof of address needs to be either a UK phone bill, a UK utility bill or a UK bank account. Now the catch 22 is that you cannot get any of these unless…

We Have Arrived!

Glen and I learnt some very valuable lessons when flying out. Do not go with a code sharing airline when you will have excess baggage. This was an expensive lesson we learnt and will not be repeating. We booked our flights with Virgin but because it was codeshare with Etihad we couldn’t pre-purchase excess luggage…

Not Goodbye But See You Later

I am not a person who usually shows emotion in public – by that I mean cry in front of people. I have never spent so much time feeling like I am on the verge of crying. Last week we had Friendsgiving and that was first really hard event as I realised it would be…

Organising The Fur Children

We both have fur children, Glen has a horse – also known as Mr Win$ton (3 years old) the Bull-Arab, and I have Millie (11 years old) a Maltese x Shih-Tzu and Zoe a domestic short haired kitty (12 years old). Some hard decisions needed to be made. Mr Win$ton is being transported at the…

Organising My UK Ancestry Visa

I am quite fortunate that I have dual nationality and have the option of citizenship and citizenship pathways due to my family. I ended up applying for an Ancestry Visa (which is non-points based working visa) for the United Kingdom, this is a five-year visa – that gives you the option of eventually applying for…

Preparing To Move!

Having visited London years previously and loving every moment of it, I made the decision to move to the UK at the beginning of 2016. I have been living in Brisbane, Australia for most of my life and completed all my education here and as a consequence worked for the majority of the universities based…