This move has been a loooooong time comin' for The Pickle and me! We decided to move to Sydney in the spring of 2014. We started making plans and told our families and close friends (who were simultaneously sad and excited for us), notified our employer, and made it Facebook official in July. There was unending paperwork, health checks, verification of our relationship status, and the selling and packing of household goods, but in the end, we were finally able to gain Australian Resident status!
We spent the following months preparing for our move and getting in as much quality time with family as possible, making final visits and eventually saying our (temporary) goodbyes. While a move this big has a definite once-in-a-lifetime awesomeness to it, there is also an undeniably sad aspect in leaving friends and family. The Pickle had to start work before I did, and I had to stay to finish my work through December, so he bravely headed out in October to forge a path for us in our new city.