Dear Belles ~
Apologies for the long radio silence! Law School applications and the good ole LSATs have more than sucked the time and enjoyment out of the past year. However, life can offer the most delectable surprises, which turn out to be just the medicine you need.
Over the winter my boyfriend suggested that I move with him to Sydney, Australia. His logic was that since he is based in Sydney and I have not signed on the dotted line for a particular law school yet, now was the time to explore somewhere new, relatively risk free, before committing three years of my life to academia. Essentially he was proposing a four-month "walkabout" in one of the worlds most famous cities. What I "heard" was: quit your stable law firm job with benefits, abandon the piedmont, your family, bourbon, trusty horse and friends, and move to a city that is located roughly six feet from the surface of the sun and inhabited almost exclusively by things designed to kill you. Utter lunacy.
Weekend hacks with my father turned into creative catastrophe sessions, where I peppered him with a hundred "what if I go and this happens" scenarios that spanned the gauntlet from shark attacks to world domination by kangaroos -- (thank god for flasks and good horses) At one point he said "there are the things you know you know, the things you know you don't know and the things you don't know you don't know." Eventually, lightening finally struck my brain and I decided it was better to look back and say, "I wish I hadn't" then "I wish I had." Time to start living life and enjoying it at the same time! Gasp, shock and awe.
A couple months later I packed my bags (We'll discuss the challenges of an international move with a two suitcase limit in a later post) and went about as far south as you can go. Many things have changed since starting my stay in Sydney, one of my favorites being that I now have time for Bourbon & Belles!! I am about to head out of house for some fieldwork for my next post. I am so excited to have the opportunity to report on life, food, libations and fun in the land of our distant cousins, so stay tuned for the first installment of Dixie Down Under!