Today marks one year of living abroad. Exactly 12 months ago, we boarded a plane heading to Malta, with no return ticket in hand. Although the year went by in lighting speed, (as good times usually do), at the same time it feels as if we’ve been away forever. Things definitely haven’t gone as planned, and yet everything has worked out fine. I’ll leave all the lessons I’ve learnt for another post, but suffice to say that living abroad doesn’t come without it’s own set of challenges, and overcoming them is the biggest reward of all. When I reflected back on the first 6 months living abroad, I was unsure of how the next 6 months would pan out. Although we’re slightly more stable now in terms of knowing our near future, there’s still an aspect of uncertainty where we’ll be and what we’ll be doing by this time next year. All I can say, is I’m sure as hell excited to find out.
To recap the first 6 months we:
June – Celebrated my Birthday in Barcelona.
July – Had the pleasure of hosting my Mother & Aunt!
September – Travelled to Turkey, where we soaked up all the foreign sights & smells of Istanbul.
October – Did two road trips in Ukraine: one through the Carpathian Mountains, and the other to visit the village where my Grandmother was born. I also launched this blog!
The first 6 months were such a whirlwind. We were travelling at least once a month, and over the span of half a year did 3 international moves. Although within the next 6 months we still did quite our fair share of trips, we’ve really settled into the expat life here in Malta. Here’s a chronological look back at the past 6 months abroad:
November 1st – Moved Back to Malta!
November 14th – J & I celebrated our 5-year Anniversary together. I couldn’t imagine doing any of this without my partner in crime by my side.
November 23 – We took a weekend Getaway to Gozo
December 6th – Landed a full time gig as a Marketing Manager in Malta!
December 18th – Spent one glorious week in Paris!
December 23 – Finally landed back home, where I spent the most blissful 2 weeks of my entire life catching up with friends and family. We also got to be there for the birth of our beautiful niece, Avery.
Januaury 11 – Back on the Rock (aka Malta). Back to work.
February 7th – Trip to Italy where we visited Bologna, Florence, & Venice.
March – We’ve been waiting for J’s residency visa to come in. Until then we can’t leave the Island, so we’ve started exploring some new areas of Malta.
April 3 – Long Weekend staycation in Gozo.
April 17th – Our Canadian friend comes to visit us!
May 1st- 1 year Living Abroad. We celebrated by going to the beach, and ended our day with a double steak dinner.
Here’s to the next year, and where it will take us! We have some exciting plans lined up.