Half a decade.

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Well here we are.

 

Right now, while you read this, I am on a plane.  I’m soaring over Europe somewhere, on my way to Shanghai, en route to New Zealand.

 

 

Because exactly 5 years to the day that I arrived for my new life in Scotland, I’m leaving it for a 3 week trip home.  Funny how life works that way sometimes.

 

 

In the last 5 years, a lot has happened in our lives, and I feel like so much of my growing up has been here in Edinburgh. It’s a beautiful place and has become very special to me.  But we haven’t always been here. In the last 5 years we’ve…

 

 

Been to Seattle…

 

 

…up the Space Needle…

 

 

…and to Victoria on Vancouver Island.

 

 

I’ve loved Edinburgh’s stunning sunsets…

 

 

…this pretty, pretty man…

 

 

…have found a Jewish community to call my own…

 

 

…and friends to goof off with.

 

I chopped my hair off…

 

…went home to New Zealand for my brother’s wedding…

 

 

…and got involved with the local theatre scene, starting with RENT in 2011.

 

 

I took ballet back up. It was hard.

 

 

We moved out of our first tiny apartment…

 

 

…and into a bigger, ground floor apartment, where we lived for almost 3 years.

 

 

I loved living in Corstorphine.

 

 

RENT went to the Churchill and I took many dressing room selfies.

 

 

Edinburgh, as always, stayed beautiful…

 

 

…but with friends and family, I saw more of Scotland as well.

 

 

I put myself out there more in 2011, and got new photos taken by Ian Fallon…

 

 

He did a great job and I loved the retro theme.

 

 

I bungee jumped for work (never again).

 

 

And we finally got to Europe, with a family wedding trip to Barcelona.

 

 

It was great fun, and very hot!

 

 

I sang in fringe concerts…

 

 

…and really enjoyed dressmaking classes, making a few skirts and dresses.

 

 

I photographed Edinburgh whenever I could…

 

 

…had more snow than I ever expected to live with…

 

 

…but also some amazing sun, too.

 

 

I’ve performed at so many venues and met so many great musicians…

 

 

…including for the BBC, which was an amazing experience.

 

 

I proudly helped Dave fulfill his career goals

 

 

…and fulfilled some of my performing aspirations, by starring in two Edinburgh shows – one at a small theatre in the Fringe, the other in the stunning King’s Theatre.

 

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I met some of my heroes (well I’d met Ed before, but it was awesome to meet him again!)…

 

 

…and decided ginger/brunette was the way to go for me.

 

 

We had a rainy and cold trip to Majorca

 

 

…but a gorgeous trip to France with my parents.

 

 

I recorded a full-length album fulfilling a lifelong dream.

 

 

Photos were taken, the CD was made and it was amazing.

 

 

I travelled the length and breadth of Scotland for work – I’ve more in the last 6 months than I did in 4 years prior.

 

 

We bought our first home…

 

 

got engaged

 

 

…and celebrated (early) my 30th birthday, which is this Saturday.

Wow.

I can’t believe how far we have come, how fast this time has gone, how different I feel about Edinburgh and Scotland and myself since 2009, when I first arrived.  It was a scary, confusing time, and a tough few years financially, and I have to say – I’m excited about my 30s. I know who I am, I know what I want, and I have such big plans.

Thanks for reading (9 years of blogging here this year!) and here’s to whatever the future may bring.  2014 has been awesome so far.  Long may it continue.

 

…xxx

swhite

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4 thoughts on “Half a decade.

  1. I love love loved this post (sorry I’m so behind) it feels like you’ve been gone barely any time at all! But then I see it like this and wow, you’ve done so much.
    Was also going to point out my favourite few photos of your face but there were too many to list, you actual babe.

  2. Hi,

    My name is Eva and I am a Journalism student from Ghent, Belgium. I will be staying in Edinburgh from the 1st until the 7th of June as part of a school assignment and one of my tasks is to make a portrait of someone who lives in the capital.

    I am looking for someone interesting to interview and I would really like to interview you (about your love for Edinburgh, about your blog, about the differences between New-Zealand and Scotland …). Would you be willing to give an interview on the 3rd of June? It wouldn’t take long (max half an hour) and it won’t be published anywhere.

    I realise that my question comes a bit out of the blue, but I hope you consider it.

    I look forward to hearing from you,

    Eva

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