And so this is goodbye for now....

Trip Start Aug 27, 2007
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Trip End Sep 17, 2011


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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Hi Guys,

I never imagined tha four years on I would still be living in London. When I read back over my blogs from the beginning it feels like a lifetime ago that I first set sail for lands unknown. I do love it here but for me New Zealand will always be home.

When I eft NZ I was only 21 and I feel that my time away has really forced me to grow up and to become independant. It used to be that the minute something went wrong I would call my parents and rely on them for help. The washing machine would break and I'd get Dad in, if I did'nt know how to repari something I'd get Mum in. Today my parents are still the first people I call for help but the difference is that while they can give me all the advise in the world I still have to act upon it myself. There's noone here to change my tyre, heal my wounds or even get my keys stuck that I got stuck in the door out. London has forced me to be independant and stand on my own two feet. I will forever be grateful for my parent for everything they have done for me both in getting me here and for supporting me ehwenever I've been hheartbroken, homesick, or even just feeling sorry for myself because I have the flu, its been my parents on the end of the phone or smiling at me through Skype sending me their love and support.

My Godparents have also always playe such an important role in my life, they were the ones who inspired me to ttake this journey through all the postcards they sent me throughout the years and I consider them as much part of my family as my own parents and brother. Gotti was the one who held my hand when I was so scared to to visit my grandmother and was upset that she didn't know who I was, and Goetti has educate me so much and taught me so much about fine wine and dining,, he was also the person giving me advise on how to break it to my parents that I wanted to stay after my original two year period. Without the the support of my parents and godparents the journey I have taken woul have been an entirely different one.

As much as my journey over the last few years was shaped by the travel I've done and the places I have been what has really made it was the people. Sonia has been my partner in crime throughout the last four years and without her my journey in London would wouldn't have been half as fun, she's been my Mum when my own couldn't been here to nurse me to health, my friend, and I now consider her to be my sister. She's the one who held my hair when ill from food poisoning, the one who hugged me when I broke down about missing home and also the one who gave me my first shot of tequila and the one who laughs when I fall and again its one of those moment that if I look back to when I first met her, back then I would never have imagined that she was to become one of the most important people in my life. Once my boss and now my sister.

If Sonia, was the one nursing me back to health it was more thank likely after a hard night out with Liz. Liz has taught me to live, to let my hair down and breathe and to realise that the world is not so big and scary. She taught me to drink beer and in particular Speights much to my fathers horror. She was the one to entice me into trying new things and stepping out of my shell. When I came to England I was shy, afraud f change and always thinking of the worst possible outcome. Liz taught me to grab life by the horns and let go. I have so many fon memories of my times with her giggling in the back seat of a bus sneaking vodka in the middle of a dessert in Jordan, of posing in front of the Eifel Tower dressed in pinstripes, red scarfs and Berets and more commonly dancing in the wee hours of the morning at the Walkabout.

There were a number of other people who helped make my journey. Kim, my Canadian travel buddy inpired me with her strengh and belief that anything is possible and the people that I work with became my work work family. The other main person to mention is Laurent. Laurent became my rock for the past two years and instroduced me to a whole new world of restaurant,s European family life and inspired me to start learning French. I thank him from the bottom of my heart for sharing his life with me for the past few years and again I have memories with that I will not forget in my lifetime.

Today I handed back the keys of my home for the last year to the estate egent and with it came a send of sadness that another chapter in my life is closing. I don't know what the future has in store for me, or even what country I will be living in, but I do know that my adventures are only just beginning and that the last four years have taught me t be independant and that as a result no matter where life takes me I will succeed. Reading back I can see how much I have changed and that even my writing style is different from when I first started this blog but I know that what has helped me grow into the person I am today is not just the places I have been and adventures I have had but it's the people I have met along the way.

And so this is goodbye for now,

All my love,

Alisha

Aka Lishinlondon

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