Exactly two years ago today I could finally call you my home and on this special anniversary I can't help but reminisce of the first time I met you.
I was amazed when I realised I could reach you in less than 3 hours on the train. That first journey was over in a flash and I'll never forget peering out of the window at the dark night sky as the train pulled into Central Station. I got my first view of the bridges over the Tyne, lighting up the landscape in vibrant colours. I'd never seen anything so beautiful.
Stepping off the train that evening, I was reminded that there was a world outside of my London bubble and this world was full of happy people living at a normal pace, where strangers speak to strangers and folks are proud of their city.
I was keen to see more so the next day was up bright and early to explore.
Why did no one ever tell me that you were so beautiful? Streets lined with the most stunning architecture, I'd never seen such a pretty road in the centre of a city. Had you been keeping this secret to yourself all these years, or is it just that I'd never paid attention before?
Your streets were buzzing with people, happily hopping in and out of the independent bars and restaurants, skipping along the streets with arms full of shopping bags and enjoying the beautiful Northern sunshine. People had told me it always rains in the North, that it's cold, wet and dark - my whole life I'd heard nothing but made up stories and I was ashamed that I'd believed every word.
It wasn't long before I knew it was love. I wanted to be a part of this beautiful secret world! So I said goodbye to friends and family, left a job I loved, packed up my belongings and started a brand new journey to becoming an honorary Geordie.
I've had many challenges, tearful days and struggles settling into my new home but I wouldn't change it for the world. Waking up every day in a city I love makes me so happy.
Two years after arriving I'm so happy to be able to say that Simon and I are in the process of buying our first home together, a lovely little three bedroom house in Newcastle.
So I'm raising a glass to the Toon! Newcastle, thank you for welcoming me and here's to many many more wonderful years together.