Why Australia?

So people have asked “why Australia?” Despite the obvious, wikitravel describing it as:-

‘world famous for its natural wonders and wide open spaces, its beaches, deserts, “the bush”, and “the Outback”‘

I also have a personal reason. Well actually a couple…

I have always wanted to go but it never made it onto our list. When I say our I mean mine and my ex-husbands. We met at Uni and so were together from when I was 21. He had spent a few months backpacking around Oz in his gap year and so it never factored highly for him to go again. There were too many other places to see together so a compromise I was happy to make. There had been talk of him wanting to return to watch the Ashes one day and so I was happy to put my desire to go there on the back burner. I was pleased when he announced we should to go for the 2017 Ashes series and we’d been saving for that.

Turns out that he went anyway with a friend the month after our divorce came through. It was therefore only a matter of time before I made it possible for Eliza and I to go. And yes, a rare chance to put two fingers up to him at the same time.

We also have family there. Much more important. It’s actually a really interesting story. I’ll save that for another time though. I definitely need to get my Aunt to do a fact check first before posting!

The Aunt I am referring to is Chris… Christine. She is my mothers sister. 18 years her senior and I have only met her once. She will factor highly in our journey so I will be sure to post more about her and our ever growing friendship. For now though here is Chris and Mum in 2014 when she last visited England…

Little did we know Mum would not be able to make it over to Australia to see her or that I would be coming here so soon on my own with Eliza . Life is ridiculous sometimes…

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