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On Top of the World

posted by saltybug.com 03/06/2015 8 Comments


I remember sitting in my tiny seat staring out the window. Looking through the fluffy clouds to the earth below. The patchwork fields, the winding rivers, the wide ocean we crossed. I wondered if we had made the right decision. Of course we had. I wondered what would happen next. I wondered about our future friends, and those of the children. I wondered how we would feel when we realised this was permanent, not a holiday anymore. The gloss wearing off and reality setting in. I wondered how much we would change, what we would become. I imagined how wonderful it would be to ‘find myself’ and figure out what I want to do when I grow up. I felt that cocktail of excitement, nervousness and uncertainty building inside of me. I longed for the adventure. For the whole lot – the highs, the low, the in-between times. All of it. At least then I would feel alive. Something I have been missing for a while now.


In this moment I was literally and metaphorically on top of the world


As the plane came in to land I sat up straight, made sure the children were securely in their seats. I looked across at my husband, he is the reason we find ourselves with this new life.
Here we go. Let the adventure begin

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Mia @ The Chronicles of Chaos 04/06/2015 at 12:00 pm

What a beautiful post. Full of hope, adventure. I love that you were literally and figuratively on top of the world! 🙂 Thanks for joining us!

Salty Bug 04/06/2015 at 12:16 pm

Thanks Mia.

Miranda Gonzalez 04/06/2015 at 1:11 pm

Oh my you really have a way with words! I would love to read more of your adventure, and what led up to it. I hope you find the life you are looking for in your new place!

Salty Bug 04/06/2015 at 1:19 pm

Thanks Miranda, you can read everything – from how we made the decision, to packing up our house, to our new life here at my other blog http://www.saltybug.com
I'd love to have you come along for the ride! Go through my archive back to the very start and you will become part of our family.
I have also just had my first article published here: http://www.expatwoman.com/global/features_How_do_you_Know_15006.aspx

Vashelle 06/06/2015 at 7:02 am

Oh, I love this! I can so relate to that feeling of being on an airplane and wondering what the next few years would hold, how I would change, how my kids would grow, when this "new" chapter would come to a close, etc. It is exhilarating!

Also, I have my hubby to thank for the adventures too 🙂 As well as my dad (I was an Army brat).

I know this particular journey is still new for you, and I hope it is everything you wish for!!

P.S. My (Filipino) in-laws were just visiting, and they introduced me to a fruit called gubano (or soursap). Best. Fruit. Ever. Try it if you haven't already. 🙂

Salty Bug 08/06/2015 at 3:25 pm

I got your comment as we were heading back to Hidden Valley so we stopped at a fruit stall on the way home again and I got a couple of Gubano. Yum. Yum. Yum. Reminds me a bit of the Loquat. Thanks for the heads up! I might serve them up today for afternoon tea. We also brought a bottle of the coconut wine made here. Haven't tried it yet…Our life here continues to fascinate me. We are settled now, have routines, school starts next week for BB, but there is still a lot that is so knew. We take the not so good with all the awesome quite happily. And our new puppy brings so much joy to our family. Thanks for your comments.

Marie Loerzel 21/06/2015 at 6:33 am

I can feel the anticipation!

Salty Bug 21/06/2015 at 7:11 am

Thanks Marie


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