When I was twenty two, my now-husband and I set off on an adventure to London. The plan was to go for a year, work our way around, travel, enjoy, and then get back to our real life. But London has a strange way of taking hold of you, doesn't it? No sooner had we landed at Heathrow and made our way into the cheap hostel we'd booked in Vauxhall before we knew we weren't going to be in a rush to leave again.
We stayed four years. Four blissful, growing-up years, where we made lifelong friends, found jobs we loved, ate our way around Europe and got engaged on the banks of the Thames.
Leaving was a wrench, but the time came for us to step into a new adventure: marriage and babies, and that felt like something we wanted to do here, in Australia. It took a long time before I didn't wake up worrying that we'd made a mistake - I still miss London hugely, and I've come to acceptthat longing is a part of me now.
Recently, I had occasion to travel back to the UK and it was such fun! It was also utterly surreal to peel back the lid of time and walk streets that are completely familiar to me, but from a different time of my life. Sort of like looking through a foggy window.
Pictures of my trip below - just a few of the highlights!
Do you have a special place that you can't wait to get back to? Somewhere you once spent time that will always be a part of you?
|Pret a Manger coffee at South Ken - my old stamping ground|
|Out the front of our old digs - Sydney Street, Chelsea|
|Food, glorious food!|
|Fortnums - a favourite then and now|
|With my beautiful London besties!|
|The amazing team at Mills & Boon|
|Getting ready to record a Facebook live with the |
fabulous Laurie Johnson
|Star struck moment - meeting Sharon Kendrick AND |
cuddling Amanda Cinelli's gorgeous little bub!
|With the beautiful Amanda Cinelli and bubs|
|Love this so much!|
|The view from the M&B offices!|
|With my gorgeous South Australian Romance Association |
friends, and fellow M&B writers: Trish Morey and Elizabeth Rolls