Moving to another city, or in this case another country and city, there are a lot of things you leave behind. Equally, there are a lot of things that come with you - some of which I've covered. What you leave behind is your myth. You leave behind the lovely friends and family who reflect back a good and legendary version of you. You leave behind their belief in you. In a new place, nobody believes in you because they don't yet know you. In a sense we are conjured from what people believe about us.
Of course, it was my choice to come here and there are no regrets. But it's quite a lot harder than I thought it would be.
Anyway, good things about today:
1. I picked up my 38 hour a week contract from Manpower. I am now very officially employed.
2. I picked up my national ID card. I am now very official.
3. I got asked out in the street. Which hasn't happened for about thirty years. I said thank you, but no.
4. I took some pictures of the glorious magnolia.