Okay, forget about what I said last week about my itinerary, I've changed some things around and have a far better schedule now for the day I fly out to the UK.
That's my itinerary (I hope the link works), eeee, I am so fucking excited. I can't concentrate on work now. I can't think. I'm just excited.
The only thing is I don't have a full day stopover in Sydney like I was going to have in Melbourne; I only have an hour and a bit at the most. But that sort of suits me better anyway, because I didn't really want a full day break anywhere; once I get on the plane, I just want to GO. Before I change my mind or get too nervous or turn back. I was going to take a stopover for a day or a few days in Singapore or somewhere along the way, but changed my mind for that very reason. It would just be too lonely on my own; I would rather just get to the UK before I've had a chance to realise what I've done (lol).
Also some other things, re: travel plans:
x. I have found out that I am eligible for an Ancestory Visa, as my grandfather was born in the UK. I thought that I might not qualify because I am adopted, but apparently that's okay as long as I have all my adoption papers etcetc (which I do). The Ancestory Visa gives a much freer reign in the UK than the Working Holiday Visa that most Australians can apply for, but I don't know if I am going to apply for it. The Working Holiday visa is fine with me. But I'm going to look into whether I can apply for the Ancestory Visa at a later date or after the Working Holiday visa has finished etc, so that if for some reason I want to stay in the UK longer than the 2 years allowed, I have that visa as a backup. If I can do that, then there's no point in "wasting" it yet, especially when the Working Holiday visa suits my purposes fine.
x. The human resource co-ordinator in Sydney emailed me some contact details for people in the London office I should get in touch with about temp work when I'm over there, So I'm going to email them today and introduce myself. Hopefullyhopefully it will be possible to get some sort of work while I'm over there with this company -- it would definitely set my parent's minds at ease that I have work in a familiar company... and admittedly, mine too. This sort of work does pay more than retail would too (especially on temp wages) so it would be much more beneficial.
x. And miss alex_faerie has said it was fine to stay with her in Thetford (about 2 hours by train from London) when I first get to the UK, and I'm soo excited to see her again. It will be soo wonderful to have such a dear friend with me when I first arrive, because I know I will be feeling lonely and overwhelmed - even though I'm excited to travel, I'm still close to the friends I have here in Adelaide as well as my family (even though I'm always fighting with mum but anyway). Even though my reasons for leaving are different from 2002 when I moved to Queensland, I suspect the beginning will be similar - loneliness, uncertainty, "ohmygod, what have I done?!". It's only natural. I never once felt homesick when I was with Alex last year (she is just like a sister to me) and I'm really excited (and grateful) to be able to stay with her for those initial few days. I go on a 25-day tour of Europe a few days after landing in the UK (I arrive in London on Sept. 24, and leave for the tour on Tuesday Sept, 27) which will also be awesome for meeting people, making friends etc, and then when I arrive back in the middle of October, I can look for a place to live and a job. There are loads of great places advertised on the sites online, but it's hard to know what they're really like until I see them. At least I can go and check them out and meet people etc though once I'm over there.
Oh goodness, I am so unbelievably excited. The pieces are falling into place. 3 months doesn't seem very long to go at all (I still can't believe I am actually going to do this... I never thought I would have the guts, I really didn't. But what is there to fear? NOTHING.)