After being away from ‘home’ for over a year now, a lot of people said I’d start getting homesick. I’ve not got there yet but it seems to be the done thing to go back (if only for a flying visit) to see family and friends. I definitely haven’t got that urge yet…and as I told everyone when I left in December 2010…”I’ll be back for a few weeks in June 2013…so I can go to Glastonbury Festival”. I’m still sticking to that plan!
What is good though, is having people come to visit you, albeit briefly. Over the past month a couple of cousins have made (literally) a flying stop in Sydney and I’ve felt brilliant being able to show them around and show them where I’ve made my home. After not seeing a familiar face for over a year it was very surreal to see people I know here too. But it highlighted how far I’ve come – and not just in terms of distance. I still laugh to myself that I can say “I live in Sydney”.
However, the distance plays a part when the one thing I’d love to do is show my family around; especially my dad, brothers and sister – just to be able to show them what I’ve done. Emails, photos and phone calls aren’t enough to explain how, or why, Sydney makes me happy.
Unfortunately getting to Australia isn’t easy and certainly isn’t cheap, but hopefully I’ll be able to help towards the cost if they do decide to come over. Especially for my Dad…the last I heard state pensions don’t help towards the cost of travel to the other side of the world! Either I’ll have to help towards the cost, or they max out a couple of credit cards, never pay a penny back and move to the other side of the world like some people do *cough*.