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News of a new country

This post has been a long time coming - a really, painfully, long time! I’ve been sitting on some big news for a while and finally it’s time to go public with it. So here goes…

At the end of May my family and I are emigrating to Australia. We have been granted permanent residency so in a few years we’ll all be Australian citizens and get our complimentary hats with corks which will be a proud day for us all.

And a new job

As if that isn’t enough news, I have a new job to start when we get to Australia. I’m going to be the Delivery Manager for Itty Bitty Apps in Melbourne, which means I’m in charge of making sure products - internal, and for clients - get delivered. Those of you in the world of iOS apps know Itty Bitty Apps as the hugely talented bunch who make the Reveal app. In fact I’m going to be helping get the next version of Reveal to you in a timely fashion so if you have any feature requests let me know :)

So, Melbourne eh?

Melbourne has been awarded the title of the most liveable city on the planet for the last four years running. It is easily the top city in the world for sport, the best in the southern hemisphere for the arts, has an amazing culture of dining and entertainment, more trams than anywhere else, great weather (well, mostly), and the wineries are a half hour drive away. What’s not to love?

Thanks

The last few months of keeping this thing a secret have been bizarre. We’ve been living such a double life - having completely different conversations with the people who knew about this from the people who didn’t and trying not to let the news slip out. It’s like those first couple of months when you are pregnant all over again! On that point I’d like to say a huge thank you to all the people who have helped us out with this - so many good friends have been amazing throughout this process, you know who you are. We’ve been through medical tests, tons of paperwork, police checks, English language tests, skills assessments, job interviews, packing and logistics, etc etc etc. It takes a lot of time and costs a fortune, but we’re sure it’s worth it in the end.

Of course it is going to be hard leaving behind family and friends, but we will still be in touch on the internet and who knows where our paths will cross again in person. So here’s to exciting new things! 🍻