Next up is Kimberly, originally from Houston, Texas (yes, again), currently residing in Perth, Australia with her husband, Marc, and cutie daughter, Chloe.
Kim is actually a long-time friend of my older sister's. She moved to Australia around the same time we moved to Graz and my sister sent me her blog to follow...also as an example of what I needed to do...blog! Yes, this all began the madness. It's been so fun to keep up with each other through our blogs, especially since we are in such different places. People often confuse Austria with Australia, so much so that they sell shirts here that say "NO Kangaroos in Austria".
Where do you live?
- I live in Perth, Western Australia
How long have you lived there? And is this your first home away from the States?
- We have lived here for 2 years and it is my first time away from the US.
Where are you originally from?
- Houston, Texas
What brought you to Perth?
- My hubby had an opportunity with his job on a big project in Perth.
What do you do for a living?
- I'm a domestic engineer
What are the people like?
- Laid back, friendly, with a no worries attitude
How long did it take until you felt mostly adjusted?
- Probably about 6 months
What were some of the hardest things/aspects to adjust to?
- Driving on the left side of the road, getting used to different brands and foods at the grocery store, lack of good service at restaurants
(Her first taste of Vegemite here.)
What are some things/aspects you don't miss back home?
- Horrid freeways and traffic, overconsuming
What are your top three faves about your current city or country?
- Perth's amazing beaches, parks abound, a slower pace of life
Fave places you've traveled in Australia?
- Sydney, Broome, Margaret River wine region...hopefully more soon!
(Kim's blog causes much jealous during our winter months when I all is see is glorious sunny beach photos such as these...
Christmas in summer!)
In what areas do you think moving abroad has helped you to grow?
- I think being away from home has made our little family tighter in that we rely on each other more, friendships are more intense because they become your family in a way, and you really know that you can do something so big and new that many people have never experienced.
I hear ya, mate! Thanks so much for participating, Kim!
And, of course, I must leave you with a good old-fashioned kangaroo (and Chloe!).