Hi everyone! I hope you had a reflective, enjoyable Halloween/Samhain, and a happy Bonfire Night if you’re in the UK. Jon and I went out with friends to see fireworks and eat hot dogs on Bonfire Night. We didn’t do anything for it last year, so this was my first time celebrating!
And during the first six days of this month, I was happily reliving the memories of getting my visa and coming home to England in 2016.
I can’t believe it’s been TWO YEARS already! Those memories are so fresh in my mind that I feel my heart start to pound in the anticipation I’d felt then.
November 1st – That night, I received the email from UKVI saying my passport and documents had returned from processing and were ready for pickup.
November 2nd – I went on what felt like the longest subway ride of my life to get downtown to the UKVI office. I was terrified of what might lie inside that big envelope. But, of course, I’d been approved and there was a beautiful visa inside my passport. I got home and Jon and I booked my flight to England.
November 3rd – Reducing my life to two suitcases and a backpack was surprisingly difficult and stressful! Many panic attacks were had!
November 4th – I did some Important Things such as close my bank account, finish packing and organize everything else into storage, checking in, printing off my flight itinerary, and saying goodbye to my beloved friends.
November 5th – I got an Uber down to Pearson International and boarded my evening flight to London.
November 6th – I landed at Gatwick in the early morning, waited for Jon to come meet me, and then we took the bus to Leicester. After we fetched Jon’s car we drove to Coalville, had a celebratory dinner together, then went home to Ravenstone.
Memories have sweetened and life moves ever on. I don’t know what the future holds, but I can say right now that I would be happy living the rest of my life in the UK. So here’s to many more years here in my beautiful home!