It’s Wednesday the 4th of January, and the first day since arriving in the UK that it’s not some form of “New Years Day Observed” bank holiday type thing.
In case you’re a bit lost, let me catch you up.
In 2015, I spent 7 months living in Edinburgh as an exchange student at the University of Edinburgh. I loved my life over here so much that I ended up coming back for two months in January and February 2016. After another two months absolutely loving every moment my mind was made up: I’d be moving back to Edinburgh more permanently after my final year as an undergraduate student in Adelaide.
After a little bit of arm twisting, my long-term boyfriend was in. We booked our flights, I applied for my British passport, he applied for his Tier 5 visa, and we rented a flat for two months in Stockbridge, Edinburgh.
After what felt like YEARS of waiting, and the longest 44 hours of travel ever experienced, we arrived in Edinburgh at 17:12 on New Years Eve.
It’s now been four days (five if you include the day of travelling from London to Edinburgh that was the 31st), and I’d say we’re finally starting to get settled in. The jet lag is abating, A has collected his BRP, we’ve applied for bank accounts, and I’ve made my first few pilgrimages to Primark for pants (underpants to those back in Aus) and pjs. Having our own flat, complete with kitchen, is definitely making this feel more like a move and less like a holiday (which is good, because that’s what it is), but I don’t think it’s quite sunk in yet that I’m back for at least the next 18 months.
Returning to Edinburgh seems like a good time to start this blog back up again. I started it originally to chronicle my experiences as an exchange student in Edinburgh, so there’s something nice about bringing it back to life now that I’m once again living in my favourite city.
I hope you’ll hang around for future blog posts, or even delve back into the archives to catch up on anything you’ve missed!
Haste ye back!