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February 15, 2011 / Zoe

4 year Perthiversary

Today is 4 years since I jumped on a plane and moved over 2000km across the Nullarbor Plain (that’s a big desert for you non-Aussie folk) from Melbourne to Perth.

I was somewhat on an adventure, and somewhat escaping life.  I was not in a happy place at the time and Perth became my happy place.

I met a fantastic boy the day I arrived. He picked me up from the airport and held me tight like he already knew me. He didn’t, we met on Myspace (yes, remember Myspace?) and had chatted online for 8 months. I didn’t move here to be with him. I needed to escape from Melbourne and he needed a housemate in Perth, so it just strangely fell into place. And yes, it was a little bit crazy. But exactly what I needed. If you didn’t already guess, that boy was Matt. It took us about a month of living together to work out we should be ‘together’, and we haven’t looked back.

Since then, I’ve lived in two houses and had one housemate, other than Matt.

I have lived with two sweet rats called Jet and Blue, then a blue kitten called Maisie, then another blue kitten called Daisy and then a string of foster cats and kittens, and then three guinea pigs called Pip, Gertrude and Iris, a couple of visitor guinea pigs called Fluffy and Chad, and most recently a sweet black kitten called Zelda.

I’ve been on two holidays with the boy, one to Denmark, an amazing little town in southern Western Australia, and a trip back home to Victoria. And I’ve been on another two trips back home to Victoria on my own.

My Mum has been to visit three times, my Dad twice, my little brother once, and my big sister will be here for the second time on Thursday (eeeee!!).

I’ve had two jobs, one at a service station and the other a traineeship at the botanic gardens in Perth. I finished my Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management at Tafe while working there, and learned the names of countless plants, but I would estimate it was about a squillion.

There have been five blogs, the first had one post, the next two had none, the forth went for a little while and was transferred here. And here I will stay.

Three hospital visits were made, one for me and two for Matt, one being when he had his appendix out on Christmas Day.

One self-diagnosis of gluten intolerance. One boy deciding to be vegan.

One car crashed into my house and I had one mental breakdown. A million doctors visits and one fantastic psychologist.

And (at least) two life epiphanies; that making things can be my job, but looking after me is the most important job of all.

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  1. lifeslightlyused / Feb 25 2011 1:20 pm

    Ooooh – I moved from Melbourne to Perth too! its lovely there isn’t it – I was escaping a bit too – but also moving for Uni, for a course they then closed down – and then, well, then it just got simpler to come back to Melbourne – wonder where I’d be now if i hadn’t…so many people I wouldn’t have met – wow…off to ponder.

  2. Donaji / Feb 19 2011 2:01 pm

    That sounds wonderful, so many good things have been happening in four years! It’s good to get out of our comfort zones, it give opportunity to grown and learn and see what else we can become! 🙂

  3. Lindsay Ann / Feb 19 2011 3:13 am

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

    I hope to find my happy place in the next couple of years. I am SO happy you’ve found yours!

    xoxo
    L

  4. fatcatfromvox / Feb 18 2011 3:51 am

    Good for you!

  5. Cara / Feb 17 2011 2:38 am

    (hug) This is fantastic post, and it makes me eager to move to Vancouver. Yes, with the boy, but not just because of that. Because I have to move somewhere (else) to find a job, most likely, and the weather in Van is mild and rainy almost every day – just the way I like it. So, thank you for being the encouragement I need to keep on keepin’ on (as one of my former therapists would say) so that I can move in a few months and not be stuck here in the land of indecision.

    ❤ you.

  6. Circe / Feb 16 2011 11:01 am

    congrats on your Perthiversary. It sounds like a great life

  7. beka / Feb 16 2011 3:33 am

    Wow! What a journey you’ve been on! This will be our 2nd anniversary of living ‘dans aux Canada’, and it has already been quite the ride. Seeing what adventures you have had, makes me wonder what’s in store for us along the way 🙂 Sometimes we need those little brave adventures to really discover our full potential – I am glad that we are doing it, and as you have found, though things don’t always run perfectly smooth, they are totally worth it for all the good that our leap of faith brings 🙂

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