2017: A Year Living, Working & Travelling Abroad

2017: A Year Living, Working & Travelling Abroad

2017 was an amazing year filled with travel, new discoveries, personal and professional growth, change, and beautiful memory making moments. It was our first full calendar year living abroad!

January

January saw us living in London in the lovely north side suburb of Finchley. Jori was working in a bar and I was working as a nanny. We couldn’t have had more opposite schedules if we tried! I rose early and worked during the day with the children, whilst Jori slept all day and went to work as I was coming home. We often passed each other at the front door or at the bus stop with only a fleeting moment for a hug and a kiss. It was a tricky time; but also a great time as we were living in London and everything was new! It’s funny to think we’ve actually seen and experienced more in London since moving away. We still think of it as home even though we only lived there for 5 months!

Sunset from Victoria Park, Finchley.

The iconic Tower Bridge, London.

We only had until early February to move out of our London flat. So instead of finding a new home, we booked a storage unit, lugged all our belongings there, and set off for a holiday in Scotland. We had some pet sits booked in for our return to London but no further plans for renting a flat.

February

February was a bit of a whirlwind. Early in the month we spent an amazing 8 days in Scotland, exploring Edinburgh and the Highlands. We had booked 3 nights in Edinburgh before embarking on a 5-day bus tour of the Scottish Highlands. On our way to Edinburgh Jori found out he had an interview for a job as a control engineer in Nottinghamshire – halfway between London and Edinburgh. And it was scheduled for the first day of the bus tour. So off he went to his interview and missed the first day of the tour, whilst I stayed in Edinburgh and began the tour on my own. Luckily he met up with us on the second day and was able to enjoy the remaining days of the trip. We had such a great time and truly fell in love with Scotland. Back in London we commenced an exciting but gruelling couple of months of moving between pet sits and hostels and LOTS of commuting on public transport. We didn’t want to commit to a new rental in case Jori was offered the Nottinghamshire job. And he was!!

A selfie taken up on Edinburgh Castle in Scotland.

A wild and windy day at Edinburgh Castle.

Cuddles with furry friends at a London pet sit.

Photo of Jori and Malika holding up a Scottish flag with a view of Glen Coe in Scotland.

The beautiful mountains of Glen Coe in the Scottish Highlands.

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March

March was more of the same. Jori was due to start his new job at the end of the month. We completed more pet sits and stayed in hostels as we worked. Jori moved up north for his new job in the middle of the month. I had a few more weeks left at my nanny job so I stayed in London. It was quite a stressful month, but it was leading to us living in a little canal side village in the English countryside; something that we had dreamed of!

Camden High Street where we spent a week in a hostel.

April

April began with a lovely day trip to King Henry VIII residence, Hampton Court Palace in South London. It was beautiful in the spring with all the flowers blooming in the surrounding gardens. Finally it was time for me to leave London too and join Jori in Nottinghamshire. Spring was the perfect time to move to our new home, as beautiful birdsong could be heard wherever we went, there were flowers blossoming everywhere, and the warmth of summer was not far off. It was my birthday in April so we went to Paris for a magical long weekend. We explored the galleries and museums, feasted on local delicacies, and enjoyed the beautiful sights and sounds of Paris.

Hampton Court Palace.

Our new home in the English countryside.

A gorgeous evening on top of the Arc de Triomphe, Paris.

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May

May was a gruelling month of job interviews for me, whilst Jori settled happily into his new job, and we explored our local community. We discovered one of our favourite places nearby our new town, The Peak District. We caught an early train into the village of Edale to embark on a hike through the Peaks. We met a man on arrival who knew the area very well. He was kind enough to offer to take us on the walk he was going on. We spent the entire day with him, basically as our personal tour guide, and we couldn’t believe his generosity and selflessness. The walks and views in the Peak District are breathtaking and we were so lucky to be shown all of the best spots!

One of the many amazing spots on Kinder Scout in the Peak District.

June

June was the beginning of my new job as a waitress for the first time. I learnt to make coffees, and got to meet a lot of the local people. We travelled back to Edinburgh for a weekend, as we had a housesit arranged to look after two cats. We visited all our favourite places in the beautiful city again. We also explored Holyrood Palace and climbed Arthur’s Seat, which we didn’t get to do our first visit.

Sunset from Calton Hill, Edinburgh.

The next weekend we were housesitting in Cambridge! We loved it so much! The history, knowledge, and beautify of that university town is so inspiring! It was the warmest couple of days of the summer whilst we were there, and it was the perfect weather for punting down the River Cam. What a month!

Punting under the Mathematical Bridge, Cambridge.

July

July was Jori’s birthday month but sadly we were very broke. We had spent a lot of money on moving to Nottinghamshire and our funds were dwindling. We did have a nice birthday dinner at the new Italian restaurant that had just opened up in town, and on the weekend we went to explore the city of Lincoln, not too far from home. Thankfully we had also prebooked a weekend to Manchester to see one of our favourite bands from Australia, The Smith Street Band. With lots of down time however, Beyond Your Doorstep was born! We began documenting our travel journey through social media with our first instagram post on July 9, 2017! More than 6 months later, here we are, sharing our adventures with more than 10,000 wonderful people. Thanks for coming on the journey with us!

Photo of Malika and Jori drinking Aperol Spritz in Manchester

Enjoying the sunshine and an Aperol Spritz in Exchange Square, Manchester.

Photo of the cute streets in Lincoln.

Wandering the cute and quaint streets of Lincoln.

Malika and Jori in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Our very first Beyond Your Doorstep post on Instagram!

August

August was set to be a big month! I signed up to an extras casting agency and spent the first weekend of the month in Bradford, on the set of a new feature film. We zoomed off to London on the train to celebrate a mate’s birthday on the second weekend, and another trip on a train saw us housesitting for two little Yorkshire Terriers in Ramsgate. We went to Dover and the famous White Cliffs, and explored the nearby beach of Botany Bay. Then it was off the to airport for us, onto a plane, and jetting off to Cuxhaven in the north of Germany.

The stunning White Cliffs of Dover.

September

September gave us two wonderful weeks in the little seaside town of Cuxhaven. We were lucky to spend time there with some of my family, and share in the celebration of a beautiful wedding. We went on day trips to the island of Helgoland just north of mainland Germany, and to the cities of Bremen and Hamburg. We enjoyed sampling German cuisines and beverages, and trying to speak the language!

Our favourite area in Bremen called Schnoor and the cutest cafe.

The strandkorbs (or beach chairs) on the Strandstraße in Cuxhaven.

Having a cheeky pint and watching the tide go out in Cuxhaven.

The view of the Michel from the Speicherstadt in Hamburg.

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October

October began with a brilliant road trip to Cornwall, Devon, and Somerset with some more of my family. We loved the seaside in these areas and also got to stay in a stunning 13th century coach inn in the beautiful Dartmoor National Park. We lived out a dream of visiting the little Cornish town of Port Isaac (or Port Wenn as we know it), the setting of the British TV show Doc Martin. Yes, we are fans!!

Drenched and loving life – exploring Tintagel Castle in the rain!

The beautiful blue waters of St Ives.

We really were this excited to visit the Doc! Haha!

Exploring Scorhill Stone Circle in Dartmoor National Park.

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The following weekend we spent a day visiting the land of Robin Hood and the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest. One week later, we were in Paris for the second time! Jori had a work trip at Disneyland so I joined him on the weekend. We loved returning to Paris and getting the chance to see some areas we missed on our first trip, like the magnificent Palace of Versailles. Wow! What a life!

The Major Oak, Sherwood Forest.

The tip of Île de la Cité, our favourite spot to sit and soak up the sunshine in Paris.

November

November was a quiet month, as we were getting ready for what December had in store for us. To calm our ever-restless feet, we purchased bicycles and rode to Mattersey Priory, an old ruin in the Nottinghamshire countryside. We spent the afternoon there photographing the ruin and the sunset in temperatures not far above zero. We packed hot thermoses of soup and coffee to keep the cold at bay before riding home again in the crisp night air.

Mattersey Priory at sunset.

December

December, the last month of our first full calendar year abroad was upon us. And magic was about to happen. We’d applied for, and been chosen to do a 3 week housesit in Tromsø, Norway, a city in the far north of the country within the Artic Circle! Wow! We couldn’t believe it.

The beautiful city of Tromsø, Norway at Christmas.

We spent 3 weeks over Christmas and New Years looking after a beautiful husky and staying in a little village just outside of the city. We frolicked in the snow, experienced temperatures below -20 degrees, cruised through the fjords and saw Orca whales, went dogsledding, drove through amazing mountains, and got engaged standing in the snow with the Northern Lights dancing above us! Dreams really do come true!

Here we are standing in the freezing cold in front of the most stunning frozen lake! What a life!

2017 was an amazing year filled with travel, new discoveries, personal and professional growth, change, and beautiful memory making moments. It was our first full calendar year living abroad!

January

A photo of a rich sunset taken from Victoria Park in Finchley, London.

Sunset from Victoria Park, Finchley.

January saw us living in London in the lovely north side suburb of Finchley. Jori was working in a bar and I was working as a nanny. We couldn’t have had more opposite schedules if we tried! I rose early and worked during the day with the children, whilst Jori slept all day and went to work as I was coming home. We often passed each other at the front door or at the bus stop with only a fleeting moment for a hug and a kiss. It was a tricky time; but also a great time as we were living in London and everything was new! It’s funny to think we’ve actually seen and experienced more in London since moving away. We still think of it as home even though we only lived there for 5 months!

Travel blog photo of the Tower Bridge in London, taken at night.

The iconic Tower Bridge, London.

We only had until early February to move out of our London flat. So instead of finding a new home, we booked a storage unit, lugged all our belongings there, and set off for a holiday in Scotland. We had some pet sits booked in for our return to London but no further plans for renting a flat.

February

Photo of Jori and Malika holding up a Scottish flag with a view of Glen Coe in Scotland.

The beautiful mountains of Glen Coe in the Scottish Highlands.

February was a bit of a whirlwind. Early in the month we spent an amazing 8 days in Scotland, exploring Edinburgh and the Highlands. We had booked 3 nights in Edinburgh before embarking on a 5-day bus tour of the Scottish Highlands. On our way to Edinburgh Jori found out he had an interview for a job as a control engineer in Nottinghamshire – halfway between London and Edinburgh. And it was scheduled for the first day of the bus tour. So off he went to his interview and missed the first day of the tour, whilst I stayed in Edinburgh and began the tour on my own. Luckily he met up with us on the second day and was able to enjoy the remaining days of the trip. We had such a great time and truly fell in love with Scotland. Back in London we commenced an exciting but gruelling couple of months of moving between pet sits and hostels and LOTS of commuting on public transport. We didn’t want to commit to a new rental in case Jori was offered the Nottinghamshire job. And he was!!

A selfie taken up on Edinburgh Castle in Scotland.

A wild and windy day at Edinburgh Castle.

Photo of Malika and Jori on the couch with two dogs in London, United Kingdom.

Cuddles with furry friends at a London pet sit.

March

March was more of the same. Jori was due to start his new job at the end of the month. We completed more pet sits and stayed in hostels as we worked. Jori moved up north for his new job in the middle of the month. I had a few more weeks left at my nanny job so I stayed in London. It was quite a stressful month, but it was leading to us living in a little canal side village in the English countryside; something that we had dreamed of!

Travel blog photo of a black cab in the high street of Camden Town, London, United Kingdom.

Camden High Street where we spent a week in a hostel.

April

Travel photo of Hampton Court Palace in London, U.K.

Hampton Court Palace.

April began with a lovely day trip to King Henry VIII residence, Hampton Court Palace in South London. It was beautiful in the spring with all the flowers blooming in the surrounding gardens. Finally it was time for me to leave London too and join Jori in Nottinghamshire. Spring was the perfect time to move to our new home, as beautiful birdsong could be heard wherever we went, there were flowers blossoming everywhere, and the warmth of summer was not far off. It was my birthday in April so we went to Paris for a magical long weekend. We explored the galleries and museums, feasted on local delicacies, and enjoyed the beautiful sights and sounds of Paris.

Photo of a river flowing between rows of willow trees, with daffodil flowers on its banks.

Our new home in the English countryside.

Photo of Malika and Jori at the top of the Arc de Triomphe.

A gorgeous evening on top of the Arc de Triomphe, Paris.

May

May was a gruelling month of job interviews for me, whilst Jori settled happily into his new job, and we explored our local community. We discovered one of our favourite places nearby our new town, The Peak District. We caught an early train into the village of Edale to embark on a hike through the Peaks. We met a man on arrival who knew the area very well. He was kind enough to offer to take us on the walk he was going on. We spent the entire day with him, basically as our personal tour guide, and we couldn’t believe his generosity and selflessness. The walks and views in the Peak District are breathtaking and we were so lucky to be shown all of the best spots!

A photo from the walk to Kinder Scout in the Peak District, U.K.

One of the many amazing spots on Kinder Scout in the Peak District.

June

June was the beginning of my new job as a waitress for the first time. I learnt to make coffees, and got to meet a lot of the local people. We travelled back to Edinburgh for a weekend, as we had a housesit arranged to look after two cats. We visited all our favourite places in the beautiful city again. We also explored Holyrood Palace and climbed Arthur’s Seat, which we didn’t get to do our first visit.

Photo of Edinburgh as seen from Calton Hill at sunset, Scotland.

Sunset from Calton Hill, Edinburgh.

The next weekend we were housesitting in Cambridge! We loved it so much! The history, knowledge, and beautify of that university town is so inspiring! It was the warmest couple of days of the summer whilst we were there, and it was the perfect weather for punting down the River Cam. What a month!

Travel blog photo of the mathematical bridge at Cambridge, U.K.

Punting under the Mathematical Bridge, Cambridge.

July

Photo of the cute streets in Lincoln.

Wandering the cute and quaint streets of Lincoln.

July was Jori’s birthday month but sadly we were very broke. We had spent a lot of money on moving to Nottinghamshire and our funds were dwindling. We did have a nice birthday dinner at the new Italian restaurant that had just opened up in town, and on the weekend we went to explore the city of Lincoln, not too far from home. Thankfully we had also prebooked a weekend to Manchester to see one of our favourite bands from Australia, The Smith Street Band. With lots of down time however, Beyond Your Doorstep was born! We began documenting our travel journey through social media with our first instagram post on July 9, 2017! More than 6 months later, here we are, sharing our adventures with more than 10,000 wonderful people. Thanks for coming on the journey with us!

Malika and Jori in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Our very first Beyond Your Doorstep post on Instagram!

Photo of Malika and Jori drinking Aperol Spritz in Manchester

Enjoying the sunshine and an Aperol Spritz in Exchange Square, Manchester.

August

August was set to be a big month! I signed up to an extras casting agency and spent the first weekend of the month in Bradford, on the set of a new feature film. We zoomed off to London on the train to celebrate a mate’s birthday on the second weekend, and another trip on a train saw us housesitting for two little Yorkshire Terriers in Ramsgate. We went to Dover and the famous White Cliffs, and explored the nearby beach of Botany Bay. Then it was off the to airport for us, onto a plane, and jetting off to Cuxhaven in the north of Germany.

Photo of the White Cliffs of Dover, United Kingdom.

The stunning White Cliffs of Dover.

September

Photo of shops in the Schnoor district in Hamburg, Germany.

Our favourite area in Bremen called Schnoor and the cutest cafe.

September gave us two wonderful weeks in the little seaside town of Cuxhaven. We were lucky to spend time there with some of my family, and share in the celebration of a beautiful wedding. We went on day trips to the island of Helgoland just north of mainland Germany, and to the cities of Bremen and Hamburg. We enjoyed sampling German cuisines and beverages, and trying to speak the language!

Photo of the St. Michael's Church from the Speicherstadt in Hamburg.

The view of the Michel from the Speicherstadt in Hamburg.
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Photo of the chairs lining the beach at Cuxhaven, Germany.
A photo of two pints of Erdinger wheat beer next to the ocean at Cuxhaven, Germany.

October

Photo of Jori and Malika enjoying exploring the ruins even in pouring rain.

Drenched and loving life – exploring Tintagel Castle in the rain!

October began with a brilliant road trip to Cornwall, Devon, and Somerset with some more of my family. We loved the seaside in these areas and also got to stay in a stunning 13th century coach inn in the beautiful Dartmoor National Park. We lived out a dream of visiting the little Cornish town of Port Isaac (or Port Wenn as we know it), the setting of the British TV show Doc Martin. Yes, we are fans!!

Photo of Jori and Malika standing in the middle of the ancient Scorhill Stone circle.

Exploring Scorhill Stone Circle in Dartmoor National Park.
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Photo of a seagull flying above the ocean at St Ives, Cornwall.
Photo of Jori and Malika looking very excited to see Doc Martin's house in Port Isaac, U.K.

The following weekend we spent a day visiting the land of Robin Hood and the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest. One week later, we were in Paris for the second time! Jori had a work trip at Disneyland so I joined him on the weekend. We loved returning to Paris and getting the chance to see some areas we missed on our first trip, like the magnificent Palace of Versailles. Wow! What a life!

Photo of the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest, United Kingdom.

The Major Oak, Sherwood Forest.

Travel photo of the Seine river running through Paris, France.

The tip of Île de la Cité, our favourite spot to sit and soak up the sunshine in Paris.

November

November was a quiet month, as we were getting ready for what December had in store for us. To calm our ever-restless feet, we purchased bicycles and rode to Mattersey Priory, an old ruin in the Nottinghamshire countryside. We spent the afternoon there photographing the ruin and the sunset in temperatures not far above zero. We packed hot thermoses of soup and coffee to keep the cold at bay before riding home again in the crisp night air.

Travel blog photo of the ruins of Mattersey Priory in Nottinghamshire, U.K.

Mattersey Priory at sunset.

December

December, the last month of our first full calendar year abroad was upon us. And magic was about to happen. We’d applied for, and been chosen to do a 3 week housesit in Tromsø, Norway, a city in the far north of the country within the Artic Circle! Wow! We couldn’t believe it.

Photo of the lovely lights and streets on the main stretch of Tromsø, Norway.

The beautiful city of Tromsø, Norway at Christmas.

We spent 3 weeks over Christmas and New Years looking after a beautiful husky and staying in a little village just outside of the city. We frolicked in the snow, experienced temperatures below -20 degrees, cruised through the fjords and saw Orca whales, went dogsledding, drove through amazing mountains, and got engaged standing in the snow with the Northern Lights dancing above us! Dreams really do come true!

Photo of Malika and Jori loving life next to a frozen fjord in Norway.

Here we are standing in the freezing cold in front of the most stunning frozen lake! What a life!

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