I’m a born and bred small town girl. Lived all of the 30 years of my life in a town called West Bromwich where pretty much nothing happens. I loved my comfortable life full of comfort and quietness and fuzzy nostalgia. I have ever moved twice in my life and that too was only a couple of streets away as a kid.
I got married to a guy, also a small town boy, only ever lived in that town and lived and breathed it, only that small town was just 3900 miles away in Dubai. So both of our comfortable existence came into question and it pretty much became a tug of war, much so a tale of two cities.
After 6 years of dragging my feet my hubby finally convinced me to move to Dubai. Alas, my small town dreams came to an end and I became an ‘expat’ in Dubai. The life I had planned was poofed into thin air. The 30 years of dreaming of owning a house which was a hop skip and a jump away from my 4 imaginary children’s school all disappeared. Long walks on familiar streets,complaining about the rain and owning a cat all gone. Now I had to conjure up a future full of unfamiliar language, culture, climate and lifestyle. The dream was unfamiliar and unknown and scared me to the core.
On the greener side, the land of dreams, fat pay checks, better lifestyle and future for kids were promised. Where the sun is a close relation and not a distant stranger. Where doctors shops and hairdressers (all the essential things) are open longer hours and not just 9-5. Where its safe for a woman to go out at night alone without the fear of being harassed. Where kids can play freely without being scared of yobs, gangs or druggies. Where there is a beach on every corner for weekend BBQs. Where there is no drizzle. My hubby’s sale pitch was pretty illustrious but the fact was life in the uk seemed so much bleaker now than what I remembered, of course I grew up since then and reality is hard to swallow. The way you live is being questioned by saying there is more and better things on the other side. So I took a leap of faith into the unknown and unfamiliar, away from old comforts, family, friends and snow in search of a bigger sunnier dream. Follow my blog to see how this small town girls dream gets transformed into a life less ordinary.