Not many of you will know this, but between the ages of 19 and 30 I was an expatriate gallivanting all over the world, creating amazing memories which I will cherish forever. I think moving away from home at 16 to study at ballet school in Chester opened the door to the world for me. I lived with 4 amazing girls (who I hope are reading this…) one of which, I shared a room with and was in awe of her from the start. I realised and appreciated that people are all different and most of them can’t understand my southern accent!
My passion to see new things and experience different cultures and traditions became an exciting, addictive lifestyle. ‘Expat Syndrome’ must be an addiction-who would go and live on the other side of the world not knowing a single soul? Me, that’s who. Looking back I must have been mad to wave my family goodbye and set off to Greece, America, China or Dubai with my suitcase not really knowing what to expect on my arrival.
Over the years, I’ve extracted elements from so many diverse ways of living and they have influenced who I am today. There are people that remain close to me even though we are separated by many, many miles. The relationships I have with them is the same despite the fact that we all now have husbands and kids and may only have an actual live conversation a couple of times a year! I cherish the times we had and the memories we share and I will always be proud to call them my friends.
So if you find yourself named after a bag, it means something special to me and I hope, to you.