First Impressions of Oz


I’m here!  After 9 months of planning, excitement, and anticipation, Ali is finally in OZ!  It’s almost surreal–there are moments that feel like a dream.  There is much to learn, see and do in my new home of Australia but, for now, I will share my initial impressions of Sydney.  We all know first impressions are important and, after a week in Sydney, I’ve found a few notes worth sharing.

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Saying Goodbye to New Orleans

It was all planned out.  I would sell my largest items and invest the profits.  I would spend my last week working during the days and enjoying time with friends during the evenings.  I would fly my mom in to New Orleans on Friday evening.  I would have a mini-moving sale on Saturday morning and a farewell party Saturday evening.  I would pack everything I owned into my Honda Accord and drive away with my mom accompanying me in the passenger seat.  I would feel sad and excited, a blur of many emotions as I said goodbye.  I knew the plan but I forgot how often our plans work out as expected. Continue reading