So, my month long hiatus turned into an almost two month long hiatus! But, I have a very good reason, and some quite exciting news!
As many of you know, I spent the first two weeks of July in Sweden, which took nearly a day and a half and three plane trips just to get there from Australia. But there’s a bit more to this trip than I let on. It wasn’t just a random holiday, or a trip to see friends or whatever, but it was indeed (as some of you figured out, and some of you just knew anyway) a trip to see my girlfriend in her home town. And in fact, to tell this story properly, we need to rewind a little.
It was early 2012, and I had only been blogging for a couple of weeks when I met this beautiful Swedish girl, who intrigued me on her own blog. We spoke a little bit in comments, but very quickly this evolved to emails, and when we found ourselves still increasingly interested in one another, we began texting, and eventually worked our way up towards even video calls. After being cynical of internet romances for all my adult life, I found myself in love with someone I had not yet met in real life, which was a very surreal experience. Still, we continued on, and late last year met in England (yep, that’s what that trip was really about as well), and things went better than we could have ever expected. We returned to our homes but with a determination and renewed energy to keep chasing after this relationship. Then earlier this month I visited her home town in Sweden, met her family and friends, and I knew almost immediately that I had to move there and live with her. This was only further cemented when we had to say our goodbyes at the airport again, and we both found it so much more painful to let go this second time, and so I promised her that this was it, and that next time I come to see her, I’m coming for good.
So, the big news I have is exactly that! At that start of 2014, I’ll be moving permanently to Sweden, and all for love *cue dramatic sigh from the audience*. It is incredibly exciting, and something I could never have foreseen a couple of years ago, but I really love this girl, and I really fell in love with the country while I was there, so now is the time to do it. I will miss my family and friends here in Australia, of course, but we will make return visits as much as possible. Sometimes you just have to make impossible choices, and this was one of those.
In the meantime, this does have some ramifications for my blog. I am going to keep blogging as much as I can, but the next few months are going to be hectic as I try and pack up my life and move it across the world, while trying to get my health back in order and deal with the stresses of teaching full time. And though I really shouldn’t, I probably will even do NaNoWriMo in November again because I have a really good idea for once! So my blogging will probably be erratic – at times I might write two or three times a week, but I might go quiet every now and then and only blog once a week when everything gets too busy. I will aim to post at least once a week to keep some kind of consistency, but we’ll see how I go.
Anyway, I hope you are all keeping well, I have missed reading everyone’s blogs, and I will slowly find the time to sit down and flick through what you have all written over the last couple of months!