Totally changing one's life around - again!
Petra R. 2905 posts - United Kingdom - Joined Aug 03 2011
I tend to get bored with places / countries after a few years.
I am German, but went to live in the UK more years ago than I care to remember, and have moved from the UK back to Germany and back to the UK, and then back to Germany and then up to Scotland since.
Last time I left Germany I promised myself that I will never actually LIVE there again. I don't seem to enjoy living amongst Germans all that much
After a holiday in Italy this summer I suddenly decided that THAT is where I want to be, and made some tentative plans. Those plans gathered momentum, and I finally handed in my notice at my day-job and will be moving to Italy in February.
I don't know a single person in the town I have decided to move to. In fact, I have never even BEEN to the town that will be my new home. I did see it fleetingly, from a distance and at speed, from a car window on the way to the airport......
My Italian is "patchy" at best (I can read it pretty well, but my "spoken Italian" is .... urm .... "limited" would be a kind word.) I have paid a hefty deposit on an apartment I have never seen, to a person I have never met. I swapped my very practical (for Scotland) Land Rover for an old Jaguar with air-conditioning, and am hoping that it will take me the 3000 km to the South of Italy, with my cat and my dog, in one piece.
I thought I was pretty organized until someone said "Well, you'll be fine once you're across the Alps" in response to one of my facebook updates, and I read it and thought: "Alps? What Alps? Oh.... *THE* Alps.... OOPS"..... I had totally forgotten about "The Alps" and the fact that "Alps" and "February" generally means "SNOW" ......
It'll be OK. I have already figured out that provided I get through France all right I could, if I needed to, take a detour and go via Monaco (never been there, so "why not?" )
So much for being properly prepared, LOL !!!!
No real point to this post - other than the fact that becoming a freelancer has given me the freedom to go anywhere, live anywhere I want, as long as I have an internet connection. That, in turn, means *real* freedom - something I have always craved when I had to make my decisions based on "Can I work there? Do I speak the language well enough???" - and not on "Do I really WANT to live there?"
To me that freedom is utterly priceless!
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