Back home/back online!

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Family picture at my sister's house on my first day back in Melbourne: (seated from left) Me holding Luca, my four year old nephew; My sister, Liz holding Ava, my younger niece; her boyfriend, Laurie, holding Mia, my other neice; and (standing) My father and mother

After four extremely rewarding years of living abroad in South Korea, I have finally arrived back in my home town of Melbourne in Australia.

Much as I thoroughly enjoyed my time in South Korea (there are some people there and things about the country that I miss already), I have really missed my family and friends whilst I have been away and I am absolutely delighted to be back home in familiar surroundings.

I am also back online after having almost completely dropped off face of the earth in terms of the blogosphere over the course of the last two months. I certainly intend to start contributing as much as I can to discussions on some of your blogs again as much as possible in the near term future. In addition, I also intend to post either one or two discussions (according to other time commitments) here on this blog.

I’m so happy to be home again!

(Pictured above – family picture at my sister’s house on my first day back in Melbourne.

Seated from left: me, holding my nephew, Luca; my sister, Liz, holding my younger niece, Ava; and my sister’s boyfriend, Laurie, holding my older neice, Mia.

Standing: My father and mother)

17 Responses to “Back home/back online!”

  1. Lillie Ammann Says:
    September 16th, 2009 at 12:20 am

    Andrew,

    It’s great to see you back online and to see your smiling family welcoming you home.

  2. Fred H Schlegel Says:
    September 16th, 2009 at 1:00 am

    Ahh, the two greatest things in life. A great adventure and a return home to family. Glad you’re safe and back online! Fred

  3. Brad Shorr Says:
    September 16th, 2009 at 6:50 am

    Hi Andrew, Welcome back! I had a feeling you were home after your blog comment today. Fred and Lillie’s comments say it all – best wishes for happy new adventures.

  4. Andrew Says:
    September 16th, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Lillie/Fred/Brad,

    Thank you all for your kind words.

  5. Meryl Evans Says:
    September 17th, 2009 at 12:00 am

    There’s nothing like coming home after being away for a little while, right? Well, except for the catching up part… but it just feels great. Glad you’re home and enjoyed your adventure!

  6. Jake Says:
    September 17th, 2009 at 1:38 am

    Yo Andrew! Good to see you’re back at it! Nice looking family you got there!

  7. Andrew Says:
    September 17th, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Meryl/Jake,

    Thanks – glad to be home.

  8. Karen Swim Says:
    September 17th, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Andrew, welcome back! I read this post the other night with a huge smile upon my face. I kept meaning to dash over and welcome you back but always got distracted along the way. I can only imagine how lovely it must be to be back home with your family. Leaving somehow makes returning even sweeter. I love the family photo and am so glad you shared. Will you stay at home for awhile or take another assignment abroad?

  9. Andrew Says:
    September 18th, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Hi Karen,

    Thanks.

    I think I’ll stay home for another couple of years at least.

    I’m looking for work at the moment and I have a part-time course in professional writing which I would like to start next year. So if things go according to plan, I will stay back home down under (in Australia) for the next few years.

    However, I certainly wouldn’t rule out ever going back overseas to live again, and I will certainly continue to travel overseas on occasions if I have the opportunity.

  10. natural Says:
    September 19th, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    welcome back home and to blogosphere. there really is no place like home, right?

  11. Andrew Says:
    September 21st, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Natural,

    Right on – it feels wonderful to go out in search of adventure, but to return home to familiar people and surroundings feels even better.

  12. Ana Says:
    September 27th, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Welcome back!

  13. Andrew Says:
    September 28th, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Thanks Ana.

  14. Meg Says:
    September 28th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Glad you are back in the blogosphere! Enjoy catching up with the family and relaxing with familiar comforts!

  15. Andrew Says:
    October 1st, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Thanks Meg.

  16. isabella mori (@moritherapy) Says:
    October 12th, 2009 at 3:05 am

    welcome back, andrew! four years – wow. curious to see where your future takes you.

  17. drew Says:
    October 13th, 2009 at 7:15 am

    Thanks Isabella.

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