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One month to go!!

It is officially one month until we jump on a plane, with a one way ticket to Rome!!

I’ve handed in my resignation at work, had my UK working visa approved and returned, started to pack up our things at home and organised leaving drinks, dinners etc. The festival of Lisa and Dan leaving has officially started!!

Most of our 2 month holiday is now organised, my amazing parents have given me the BEST GPS (Garmin 3450LMT) with Europe maps on it so we won’t get lost driving around. We’ve also bought paper maps and have got our international driving licences sorted.

We’ve applied for UK bank accounts with HSBC, both have shiny new passports, and organised many other little bits and pieces. So it is now, finally, starting to feel real.

I’ve said to a few people recently that my head has been in two very different places over the last few months. On the one hand, I’m so excited about going to Europe and getting settled in London. Very ready for that.

On the other hand, I have not at all come to grips with the fact that I’m leaving my job, leaving my friends, family and the city I’ve grown up in. These two different head spaces have not yet collided, but I’m sure they will soon.  But on balance, I’m super excited.

In just over three weeks I’ll be unemployed for the first time in 15 years, but as the saying on my fridge magnet that my lovely friend Sharyn gave me says, “life begins at the end of your comfort zone”.  So here goes!

I’m going to share this post with my friends and family now, so please sign up to follow my posts so you can keep up to date with how we’re going, what we’re seeing and who we’re meeting! I’ll try to post updates as regularly as possible without of course distracting from the main game – immersing ourselves in European culture and daily life.

While we’re away I’d love to hear from you all anytime so please keep in touch –

Lisa x

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A few of my favourite things..

There are so many people, places and things in Melbourne that I love.

This post is all about those “essential services” that I couldn’t live without…. although seeing as I’m moving to London, I guess I’m going to have to… eeek.

Melissa Horne – Kinesiology

I have my friend Mitali to thank for finding Melissa, she is absolutely unbelievable. If you’re feeling unbalanced, stressed, anxious, uncertain or just in need of a general pep up, Melissa is your lady. I can’t claim to understand what she does, but I’m very happy to suspend judgment for an hour and just relax while she does her thing. I can say that I think Melissa has changed my outlook on life, no question. And almost everyone I know who sees her once becomes a repeat customer. She is amazing.

Bec McPhail – Remedial Massage

My friend Jodi discovered Bec, and she is truly wonderful. She is an absolute sweetie and I always have lovely chats with her, but she is a machine of a masseuse. I leave battered and bruised, but within one or two days I’m always feeling better. Bec really knows her stuff and she can pinpoint the issues causing you pain straight away. If you like a strong massage and don’t mind a bit of short term pain, Bec is your lady.

Cindy (and Tony) – Natro Nails

Cindy and Tony are the best couple, and Cindy is the best nail person (artist? lady? technician?) I’ve found – and I’ve tried a lot of nail places. Cindy did my acrylics for almost 4 years, and she is a gorgeous lady. Tony, her husband, is full of compliments and jokes, and always brightens my day.

Helen – Madd Hair

Before Helen, I was a bit of a supertramp when it came to hairdressers. I was constantly trying new salons and not being satisfied. Helen knows my hair and she gets my style. I can go in and say “I just want something different” and she will know what to do. Or I can go in and say “I want a mousey brown colour with blonde highlights underneath and long layers” and she will know what to do. She is also a lovely girl and we always have a great chat. My friend Nat discovered Helen and now there’s now about 5 of us (I think) who are Helen faithfuls.

And there you have it. Some of the best essential services in Melbourne 🙂


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My first post!

I’ve been wanting to try this blogging thing out, and get a feel for what on earth I’m doing before I share it with others. So here goes.

We have less than 3 months to go before we leave Melbourne for a European summer, which just seems crazy. The focus is on saving cash, spending time with family and friends, and booking in our holiday.

Pretty soon though, the focus will be on packing up, and getting things like bank accounts and visa’s sorted. Then we’ll finish up at work, move out of our place and we’ll be ready to go!

The prospect of leaving Melbourne so soon is definitely something on my mind, and it’s making me appreciate this wonderful city and all the amazing people and things in it. When I get around to it, I will post about some of my Melbourne faves – and there are many.

I’ll finish off my first post with one recent Melbourne event, White Night.

A couple of months ago the second White Night was on, and we wandered through the ridiculously crowded city streets for a couple of hours. It was pretty amazing to see so many people out and about, and some of the building illuminations were incredible. I loved the NGV on St Kilda Road, that had this huge display of locals and their tattoos.

Here’s one pic, but it doesn’t really do it justice.

While I wouldn’t say White Night was my favourite Melbourne festival, it was still a bit of fun and something different. It feels like there is a different festival or big event on in Melbourne every weekend, and there is always something new to do, explore, eat or buy.

I will definitely miss the place. I’m feeling nostalgic already and I haven’t even packed my bags!

White Night 2014

And there you have it, my first post!