So as you may know (and many of you do not), Dan and I are moving to Australia sometime this summer. We’ve been accepted as permanent residents, and if we live there for 4 of the next 5 years, we’ll be eligible to become Australian-Canadian citizens – which is our plan at the moment. (Side note: long-term, there is a possibility we could become American citizens as well, and move closer to family – say Hawaii?).
We haven’t pinned down an exact date of departure – there are still many, many things to work out, but we have to get there by September 6, 2015. We’re planning to hold off a little while so we can have one last Canadian summer, then hop on over to the same climate of the Australian winter. Also, our sister-in-law Kim (and hubby Mark) are set to have their first baby in June, who we’d really like to meet before peace-ing out to the other side of the planet. There are a lot of other reasons, but those are the main ones for now.
Between now and whenever we have to:
- figure out what we’re doing with our house (selling, renting, furnished, unfurnished, renovating into two units or keeping it as the whole house, property management company etc.)
- hiring a mover (which is hard when we don’t know what to take and not to take yet)
- buying flights (hard, cause no travel dates yet)
- sorting out the cats’ travel requirements (yes we’re taking the cats with us – Abby and Lily have become family, and I think it will be comforting to have their familiar presence with us on this adventure)
- selling off things we can’t take (anyone need an SUV? Some couches? A piano?)
- planning for Dakota – he’s 14.5 years old now and sometimes he’s a smelly, old a-hole, and sometimes he’s a puppy! I don’t know what we’ll do if he’s still alive and healthy come departure date. Come to think of it, I don’t know what we’ll do if he ISN’T alive and healthy come ever.
- figure out where in Oz we’re going to go (our dream plan is to fly into Sydney or Adelaide in the south, buy a car and drive along the coast to Cairns and pick somewhere to live in between).
- figure out what in Oz we’re going to do for jobs and accommodations (if you know anyone, I’m just saying…)