For those of you who are not aware, my husband and I currently live in China. It’s a fascinating place to live and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here.
However, after much deliberation, we have decided to move back to Australia. My health isn’t very good at the moment, and it has become a struggle to stay here. So we’ve decided to head back down to Oz to be closer to my family.
We haven’t ruled out the possibility of coming back to China sometime in the future. I’ve learned so much from being here and I’m always ready to learn more.
We plan to move in early May, so that gives me just over 6 weeks to prepare.
What is there to do?
- Firstly I have to cull down our belongings so they (hopefully!) fit into three suitcases.
- Then I have several items I want to buy before I leave. E.g. a nice traditional Chinese outfit, some new reading glasses.
- I also have heaps of photos I want to take of life here. Unfortunately, our camera was damaged when someone tried to snatch our bags, so I currently can only take 10 photos at a time. I shall have to think before I shoot, like back in the good ol’ days of film.
- And lastly, I want to savour these precious weeks in China by drinking in all the wonderful sights and sounds of this place.
I’ll do my best to keep posting to my blog, but forgive me if my posts wander off the topic of creative writing and into other areas…like creative packing and interesting things I see in my last few weeks.
Although I’ll miss living here, I’m looking forward to all sorts of new adventures back in Australia.
March 20, 2012 at 9:00 am
I can’t imagine living somewhere and then moving – in just 3 suitcases! That’s a vacation for most people!
Good luck with the move and hope you hook up with a good doctor and chase away what ails you.
March 20, 2012 at 9:26 am
Both my husband and I still have stuff stored away in our parents’ places so we have things to go back to. It’s just the essential stuff we’ve taken with us that we need to move back down (19 notebooks *cough* and so forth).
I’m eyeballing it at the moment and I’m thinking (hoping!) it will fit. If it doesn’t, there will be extra to pay so it’s good incentive to cull.
I’ve been bouncing between doctors for a while now. I learn something new from each one, even if it’s just what *isn’t* wrong with me.
March 20, 2012 at 10:00 am
Best wishes for your move back to Australia, and safe travels!
March 20, 2012 at 10:06 am
Thank you, Renee. 🙂
March 20, 2012 at 11:09 am
Take care and I hope your feeling better soon. Good choice as whatever medical care is needed, you will be much better off in Australia. Once you are better, you can always come back for a visit. Take care, BAM
March 20, 2012 at 12:09 pm
Thank you, Bam.
There’s nothing as restorative as a mother’s cooking. 😉
March 20, 2012 at 9:26 pm
Good Luck dear friend, I hope and wish everything to be well for you both. It is not easy to move from one country to another one even not easy from one house to another one too. I would be following you always your beautiful sharing. And also I wish you to get well soon and I hope not a seerious problem. Thank you, Blessing and Happiness, with my love, nia
March 21, 2012 at 8:00 am
Thank you so much, Nia. 🙂
Moving is good incentive for throwing out or giving away things you don’t use. I’m looking for all the positives in the experience. 🙂
March 21, 2012 at 1:06 am
I really admire you for making such a pragmatic decision, Jessica. Glad to hear you have supportive family waiting to help you when you return to Australia.
Sending strengthening thoughts to you. Hope the move goes well.
March 21, 2012 at 8:03 am
Thanks, Carole. I’m sure it will all turn out well, and we’re determined to have fun along the way.