Friday, March 15, 2013

Our Big Announcement About Leaving Australia

Yep, this is the post where I actually admit that we are leaving Australia. And not later this year, or next month, or something logical and normal like that. We are flying out on March 20th, which is only five days away. Yes, we are insane! Actually, we've been working on this for about a month now, but all of the actual details are finally getting finalized.

Here is the deal. Zack's official start date back in the United States is June 3. We wanted to do some more traveling before heading back, so he is taking a leave of absence, and we are traveling for eight weeks. Where? Well, after much deliberation and reworking of itineraries several times, here is the final plan:

-Philippines: Boracay (beach time) and Donsol (swim with whale sharks)
-Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi (including Halong Bay)
-Laos: Luang Prabang
-Cambodia: Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) and Phnom Penh
-Thailand: Bangkok
-India: Golden Triangle-Delhi/Agra/Jaipur
-Nepal: Kathmandu, trek the Himalayas (deciding between Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit)
-India: Goa (beach time with my friend Ameeta)
-United States: Michigan (pick up our dog and Jeep and see my family), St. Louis (see Zack's family), San Francisco (move in)

Yes, we are moving to San Francisco, California! We love Colorado and plan on moving back there in a couple of years to settle long-term, but we're not ready to "settle" quite yet. Zack has always wanted to live in California, and I'm excited about living near my sister in Santa Cruz and exploring a new part of the country. We think it will be an easy transition to move there from Melbourne, and now seems like a good time to give it a try.

So that's our big announcement. I've been pretty bad about keeping up with the blog lately, as life has been crazy with organizing this move and huge trip, but I'll get in a few more entries before we go. I won't be blogging about our travels, mainly because I'm honestly kind of sick of keeping up with this blog and partly because it will be difficult and annoying to find internet access in most locations, but also because I really only started and maintained this blog as a record of our expat time in Australia for ourselves (I was just lucky enough to have readers!). So once we leave, keeping up with "Keys Down Under" won't make much sense. I will, however, take PLENTY of pictures, and those will be on my Shutterfly site when we return.

So, this isn't goodbye quite yet, but it's a warning of an almost-goodbye. Yikes-so much to do! Back to packing...


  1. wow! exciting travel plans! im going to nepal too in august, cant wait!!

    love your blog about living in Australia!

    1. Let me know if you have any questions about Nepal-we ended up doing the Annapurna Circuit and it was awesome!

  2. coming to the big trees and morgan :) just you wait.

  3. What amazing memories you will both have of your time here in Australia. You really have made the most of every opportunity you have been given to enjoy this beautiful country and many more surrounding it. I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog from the first day i saw it back in my kitchen in the UK, when I was preparing for our own move to Melbourne. I will miss your blog but I also wish you both the very best in your new life in CA - wow. Living the dream and it will be amazing to be reunited with your pet. If you want to keep tabs on life in Melbourne you can always tap into my blog from time to time.

    All the very best for the future to you and Zack. Debbie :-)

  4. Thanks all-lots of exciting changes to come!

    1. I am one of your faithful readers and I'm not sure what I'm going to do without your blog. It was a source of awesome photos, laughs and groans, and anticipation in reading about another discovery you made in Australia or some other part of the world. You brought Australia closer to many who will never have an opportunity to travel there. We got to see first-hand, every day life through your eyes and what a journey it has been. You have such a wonderful gift with words and your comments are honest so we feel every emotion right along with you. California is a perfect temporary stop for you and Zack. And it's kind of nice to know you will no longer be halfway around the world. Safe travels on your extended travels to Asia. I guess I'll have to go back to reading books now!
      We love you! Aunt Kathy

    2. Thanks Aunt Kathy-a few more entries to come!

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