Category Archives: Decisions

I’ve made a new decision about my life, or me, or where I’m headed, or friends, or…..

To pack, or not to pack: That is the question.

Or rather, what to pack and what not to pack.

With 26 days left until I fly out, I am starting to look at what to sell, what to pack and what to leave behind. I have 30kg checked bags, and 7kg of hand luggage.

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Some things are obvious: my dress-ups collection (including fairy wings, angel wings, hard hats, tool belts, elbow length gloves and safari hats just to name a few) are probably things I need to sell to get a few extra dollars.
My computer I am selling. SIDE NOTE: Calling all nerds! If anybody knows a nice techno-head that I can email the specs through to and they can tell me how much to sell it for, that would be handy!

My clothing I need to go through, and if I haven’t worn it more than twice in the last 12 months then it can probably be sold as well. If it’s warm, take it!

I am packing my pillow (lovely expensive memory foam pillow that I will not part with) and a towel (I like the giant-sized bath sheets because on a 6ft curvy girl, normal towels are a bit more like tea-towels!), toiletries, camera, chargers, adaptors, a power board etc. I can buy a cheap hairdryer over there with the right voltage and such. Obviously I am not going to forget my passports and tickets either *fingers crossed, touch wood*.

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My beloved Kindle screen was crushed in my adventure to Yamba, and I need to replace it this week because I am feeling so lost without it! Happily my parents will mind my 500-odd books for me at home and I can take my electronic library with me. Thank God for technology!

I will take a folder that has my diploma, certificates, uni transcripts and a half dozen copies of my resume so that I can get started on finding a job with an agency when I get there.

I keep getting this nagging feeling though – is there something I’m not thinking of? Surely there must be something that I am going to get to Brighton and smack myself in the forehead for forgetting!

So my question is this: to those who have moved overseas, or have travelled around, is there something that I am going to regret not bringing, or something I’m taking that I shouldn’t bother with?

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I’m Brighton bound!

Okay, so I am moving to Brighton, England. In 35 days. On a one-way ticket.

Why, you say? Mainly because there aren’t any good reasons not to!

I’ve been wanting to move to England for about eight years now, and finally I’m single, with no serious career and no attachments. One of my sisters, Sarah, is already over there and I’m just going to go and join the adventure!

I leave at 2.30am on Sunday the 28th April. I have purchased a beautiful leather travel wallet, and I am working on a to-do list and a to-pack list simultaneously!

Would you like to see where I’m going? Here’s my pre-arrival tour around my new hometown….

First off, welcome to Brighton! I’ll be your tour guide for today, despite the fact that I’ve never actually been there.

The English version of the 'Sunshine Coast', Brighton is known for getting the most hours of sun in England per year.

The English version of the ‘Sunshine Coast’, Brighton is known for getting the most hours of sun in England per year.

Probably the most famous sight in Brighton is the Brighton Pier.

Originally built in 1981, the 'Brighton Marine Palace and Pier' (known as the Palace Pier for short) hosts arcades, rides, food, stalls and more!

Originally built in 1981, the ‘Brighton Marine Palace and Pier’ (known as the Palace Pier for short) hosts arcades, rides, food, stalls and more!

While we’re down on the water, aren’t these beach houses cute?

Beach Houses, Brighton Beach
Another beautiful historic building is the Royal Pavilion. Formerly a royal residence, the building and grounds are generally just a beautiful place to walk, sit, picnic, make out, whatever really.

Yes, it does look like the Taj Mahal. That's cos it was built in the 'Indo-Saracenic' style in 1781 for George, Prince of Wales. Thanks Wiki!

Yes, it does look like the Taj Mahal. That’s cos it was built in the ‘Indo-Saracenic’ style in 1781 for George, Prince of Wales. Thanks Wiki!

So you want to know the cool places to hang while you’re in Brighton visiting me in the near future? Check out The Lanes, good for antiques and jewellery shopping and some fancy restaurants. Very expensive, very beautiful.

The Lanes, Brighton

If you’re more alternate, like me, the hippie area North Laine might be more your groove. North Laine deserves two pictures, one for a special shop that I cannot wait to go buy things in!

This area is full of vintage clothes shops, some of the best record stores in the UK, and general hippie merriment!

This area is full of vintage clothes shops, some of the best record stores in the UK, and general hippie merriment!

And the shop of my dreams…

Where I will indubitably end up spending most of my savings.

Where I will indubitably end up spending most of my savings.

Then there is the gay quarter, Kemptown. I’m really looking forward to spending some time here just people watching. Apparently in the early hours of the morning it looks like this…

Morning in Kemptown

However, at Pride festival (one of the largest in Europe) it may look more like this…

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And finally, Brighton is/was home to a few famous people, including but not limited to Cate Blanchett, Paul McCartney, Jordan and Peter Andre, Nick Cave, Rudyard Kipling, Dusty Springfield and Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley from Harry Potter). Also, Fatboy Slim lives there sometimes, and owns a Japanese restaurant.

Apparently his restaurant is nowhere near as good as his music.

Apparently his restaurant is nowhere near as good as his music.

So there you go folks, tour ended. I’ll be able to tell you more once I get there, but in the meantime I’m living vicariously through google images.