At the beginning of 2016, I made secret goal with myself. I made a decision in my mind, my heart and my soul that by the time November 2016 comes around, I would be in America. I had absolutely NO idea how or who, what or where but I knew why and that was the most important thing. Michigan, USA, was to be my new home.
It is now the 16th of November 2016 and I have been in Michigan for exactly 16 days! After packing up my bags in two weeks, booking a flight, stressing more than I could imagine, LOTS of tears and heartache leaving the people I love and a 36 hour journey, I finally arrived in Michigan.
Let me just say that this place is beautiful! It is definitely a very different kind of beauty to what I know (coming from Cape Town) but it is unique and has its own character that makes it so appealing.
I arrived just in time to see the “fall’ trees, mixed with bright colours such as red, orange, yellow and even pink. The trees are big and beautiful and definitely the thing that first caught my eye.
Secondly, the area in which I am staying, Rochester Hills, is quaint and has its own little downtown area filled with boutique stores, little coffee shops and an absolute vibe. During this time of year, they cover the buildings in Christmas lights and at night they turn them on… people in America really do know how to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas! I remember my dad driving me down a street in Florida, when I was about 8 years old, and every single house had amazing Christmas lights, blow up reindeers and Santa’s and outdoor Christmas trees. Now, being here on my own, all these years later, it still amazes me how much I STILL love driving up and down looking at all these lights!
I have also had to learn to drive on the other side of the road… what an experience! My first few days were super nerve racking, but after learning about the American rules of the road (like turning right on red… I know, so weird) I have finally got the hang of it. I am even driving into other cities, all on my own and feeling super proud for doing so! 😛
I am very excited to be here for my first ever American Thanksgiving. I’m going to be making a traditional South African dessert- Peppermint crisp tart… mmmm… one of my favorites and hopefully everyone here will love it to!
It has been a great couple of weeks, not without its challenges and feeling quite homesick but it has been eye opening, interesting and I am already learning a lot about myself. Packing up my life in only a few short weeks and moving overseas on your own is not for the faint hearted but I am glad I made the step and took the risk and now I just have to see if it ultimately pays off, and I have no doubt it will!
Keep checking my blog for updates on my Making it in Michigan adventure- I can guarantee you it is going to be VERY exciting!