Sister Golden Hair
The question people most often ask me about living in Lithuania is whether or not I miss Ireland. My answer is always the same – it’s not so much Ireland that I miss, but my family and friends. There are other things I miss occasionally, like the music and craic in a good Irish pub or living near the sea and the abundance of fish & seafood that the sea provides. But mostly it’s my friends and family that I miss.
As it happens, I still had the same problem when I lived in Ireland because my sister (my only sibling) and her family live in Australia. Back when I had a good job I would take a month off work every other year and travel to Australia to see them. Given that they usually came to Ireland in the in-between years it was never too long between get-togethers.
Now that I also live abroad, coordinating visits is more complicated. We met up in Ireland last September and she’s talking about going home again next summer. With small kids growing up at a rate of knots that’s just two damn long between meet-ups. So, budgeting and frugal lifestyle be damned, I’m going to Australia.
This time next week I will be in the air, winging my way across continents and oceans to see my big sister. I’m really looking forward to the trip. I’ve been to Australia a number of times before so I won’t be doing much of the touristy stuff. I will, however, be heading up the Blue Mountains to a homestead to go horse riding with the kids – something I’m seriously excited about. I am also looking forward to lots and lots of fish and seafood and Weekly Photo Challenge, lively markets. I’ll take lots of photos and tell you all about it when I get home.
The title is a nickname I have for my sister which I took from the song by America.