When Gavin and I began talking about marriage, we found ourselves planning the first few years together in the USA from the start. I had recently returned to the US from living in Australia for a year and wanted to be home for a while. Gavin had thought about living overseas before and welcomed an opportunity to live in Virginia. It’s much easier for him to work remotely than it is for me. And it will be easier for us to do the visa process in the USA (for him) and then England (for me) instead of the reverse.
Since returning from London three weeks ago, I have been on the hunt for the perfect apartment for me and Gav. I knew it could prove to be a challenging task as real estate in Charlottesville is expensive and we will be on a modest budget. After looking at a handful of places, we decided to pick the most exciting one for us — it’s in the middle of town and has the BEST kitchen of any complex I had viewed.
The kitchen SOLD us on this place. They have all been renovated lately and have shiny new appliances. And more counter space. And it’s open to the dining and living areas.
The model I was shown was decorated with orange and blue throughout. These colors are important to me as they are the colors of my alma mater, and Gav’s started acting like a C’ville local already by sporting orange and blue on a regular basis. We love the look of the model apartment so much that we’re considering using orange and blue in a couple of rooms in ours! And in case you’re not following me on Pinterest, orange and blue just might be used in our wedding O:-)
In the future, once Gav has permanent residency, we may move to England for a couple of years to spend time with his family and our friends and work on a visa for me. A beautiful kitchen will also be our top priority as we search for exciting and unique apartments in London. After years of visiting London, one day I’ll probably live there!
This may sound silly coming from a traveler, but it’s almost hard to imagine that in a few years time I could be living overseas again. Living in Australia was a dream come true, and I’m amazed and so appreciative that my future could hold more long-term overseas adventures — and not just in London, but around the world. Gav and I have often discussed that we want to experience destinations around the world like a local by taking our work on the road and living in a destination for a period of time before returning to a home base.
I especially want to return to Australia for a while and introduce Gavin to the place that captured my heart. I loved road tripping around the gorgeous country as much as I adored living and working in Sydney’s Inner West. The suburb of Petersham became my home away from home. I worked in Rozelle and visited Zumbo’s Rozelle and Balmain shops whenever possible. One day I want to show him all of the reasons that I could be happy to call Australia home.
I named my blog “There’s No Place Like Oz” because I love Australia, and for me, there’s no place like it (sorry, Dorothy). But I also love Charlottesville and can’t wait to help Gavin feel like a local in my hometown.