Well, hello again. It’s been a while since I updated this blog, because I’ve been busy completely uprooting my life. Sadly, my camera got a little neglected in the whirlwind, but it has forgiven me and I’m raring to get back into action.
Last August I made the decision to follow my heart overseas to the great land of my ancestors, the UK. This decision was a long time coming, as I’d been committed to a long distance relationship for many months, an experience that was beautiful, but full of challenges.
Since the moment I made up my mind and booked my one-way flight, everything has been absolutely crazy. There’s a lot to organise when you’re packing up your entire life. Suddenly, all my time was taken up with selling my house, packing boxes, and saying farewells to friends, family and my beloved dog. There was work to hand over, visas to acquire, accounts to close and furniture to sell.
And then finally, a plane to board.
Upon arriving in my new city of Bristol, the frantic pace didn’t slow down. December/January is a crazy time of year and experiencing my first cold Christmas and New Years certainly kept me on my toes.
But January is almost over, and I’m finally settling into life in the UK. I’ve recently joined the Bristol Photography Group and participated in a photo walk of Clifton. Lucky for me, Clifton is right around the corner for me, so it was a great way to get to know my new home. Look below for some of the images I captured on the rare sunny day we spent exploring.
Clifton is one of the nicest parts of Bristol. It’s one of the oldest areas in the city, and historically was home to the influential members of Bristol society. The locale is home to major tourist sights such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol Zoo, the Observatory and the adorable Clifton Village shops. Sadly, the one iconic Bristol attraction it lacks is Banksy street art. But it only takes 15 minutes to walk to some, so I’m not feeling that deprived.
Bristol itself is the second oldest city in the country. Close to the coast, it was initially a port city that used the Avon to ship goods further inland. Legends have it that the legendary pirate Blackbeard was from here, furthering it’s seafaring associations.
It’s a wonderful city, with a thriving art scene and fast-growing start-up sector. I’m truly excited for this next chapter of my life and work in such a vibrant city!
Have a look at more photos below: