Living abroad: to live outside one’s home country for a fixed or indefinite period of time.
We got in touch with some of our favourite Aussies who are living it up and kicking goals in the concrete jungle that is New York City and sunny Los Angeles.
In part 1 of our 3 part series, we interviewed founder of The Pilates Class, Jacqui Kingswell.
Where in Australia are you from and where are you currently based?
I am currently based between Los Angeles, California and Sydney, Australia, however I grew up most of my life just outside of Melbourne, Victoria.
Why did you make the move?
Most of my moving and travelling has been career driven. My company, The Pilates Class, has a global presence and requires me to be in multiple countries and cities. I am fortunate enough to be able to stay for extended periods of time in these cities such as Los Angeles or the UK, when necessary. It’s an amazing experience because I not only get to familiarise myself with new places, I also get to meet my community of members that have been long time followers of my training.
What do you miss most about Australia?
There’s a lot to miss about Australia! I miss my friends and family the most, but also the beautiful natural coast lines. The beaches in Australia are one of a kind and when I am in Sydney, the ocean is a big part of my daily routine. Australia also has an amazing food scene, both for fresh produce and when it comes to eating out. Going out for a delicious coffee and breakfast is one of my favourite pastimes when I am back home.
What do you love most about where you live now?
I live part of the year in Los Angeles and find myself feeling very inspired when I’m here. I’ve met some really incredible people and I find the community very open and supportive. I love the climate too, it really lends itself to spending more time outdoors. In some ways it reminds me of Australia with how much it encourages people to be outside. I also really love the bustle of the city and how creative and connected everyone is in Los Angeles. It is a really great place to be as a founder of a business to stay motivated and engaged!
Vegemite? Yes or No?
Haha yes! I’ll always love vegemite, although I will say something a little controversial… My husband is from the UK and when I was there a couple of months ago I was surprised by how much I enjoyed marmite! If I had to choose though, I would say Vegemite is hands down my go to!
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