Friday, May 30, 2008

gone baby gone

we have been saying alot of goodbyes lately. wednesday, i said goodbye to my work of 2 years. thursday, we said goodbye to our wonderful house in eugene. and in july we will be saying goodbye to the USA and all our loved ones in it as we move to Australia for a semester. Its weird and exciting to think about, and ever so intimidating to prepare for. Ill give some facts so you all know what im talking about.

through justins law school, they have an exchange program with the university of adelaide in australia. they allow 4 people per term to go and study there, while gaining credit and grades that count towards his law degree. Adelaide is located about 16 hours drive directly west of Sydney. its right on the coast and is a good sized city, though not as big as sydney or melbourne. it has its own LDS temple and international airport, which are both necessitates. we originally planned on going during his spring term of the third year, but that means he would miss taking the bar in july, and would miss his graduation. both no good. we had thought the deadline had passed for getting in for the fall term, but when asked the australian school, they said we still had about a month left to apply. so after a few weeks of waiting to find out, we finaly got the verdict that we were accepted for the fall term. now that was back in march and since then we ahve bought our tickets and begun planning for our departure in just over 7 weeks! yea thats less than 2 months! AHHH!

it had been my dream to travel around the world after studying there for 4 1/2 months, but that was proving to be quite expensive. so after lots of thought, quotes from agents and hours of researching countries, we decided on a different plan. since the school runs from july 28th to november 20th-ish, we will be in ausie till then, and then hop over to new zealand for about 7 weeks before we have to be back in oregon in january. we absolutely loved NZ and couldnt wait to get back, but we had no idea it would be so soon.

we are still working on our visa's and neccesary study abroad stuff but we are so excited. and now moving straight up to portland when we get backs means we can hopefully find a good house to buy and be settled in for a little while. to think of being in one place for more than 9 months... that will be new.

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Blogger DCRomney said...

So is Justin's Adidas job in Portland then? What will you be doing while you're in Australia and then in Portland? You guys are having so many awesome adventures!!! Keep it up - I'm living vicariously through you!!!

May 30, 2008 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger Jacob & Stephanie said...

Always on the move...but it DOES keep things exciting, right? You won't know what to do with yourselves when you've actually settled somewhere for more than a year LOL. :D Happy planning!

May 31, 2008 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger scott and megan said...

Famous world travelers!!! Live it up while you can!! Can't wait to see posts from down unda. (That was me trying to type an Austrailian acent, sad huh?)

May 31, 2008 at 11:36 PM  
Blogger Drew and Kathleen Himber said...

Congrats! What an amazing opportunity! I am always so jealous of your travels! My husband has been and has nothing but incredible things to say...enjoy it! Hopefully your dog comes with you???!

June 3, 2008 at 11:24 PM  
Blogger Pepper said...

Hey you guys! So stoked you'll be down under for a while. Are you planning on hitting up the South Island for your stint in NZ? I'll email you a few of our favorite families/friends' info if you want a few places to crash whilst you get yourselves sorted if you want...can't wait to read more on your adventures abroad.

June 15, 2008 at 10:27 PM  

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