How’s it going? I’m Adrian, a 28-year-old Aussie journalist. I won a green card through the Diversity Visa lottery in November 2013 and I’m now living and working in Augusta, Maine, the most north-easterly state of the US.
From a young age I had a fascination with the United States of America thanks to a voracious appetite for reading books that painted a picture of a similar, yet entirely different, country than my own.
After my first vacation to the US in 2008, a seven-week odyssey of eating, drinking, singing karaoke and making new friends, I couldn’t get enough of the country. That trip ignited a fire in me that wouldn’t be extinguished even with five more visits Stateside over the five years that followed.
In 2012, after returning from another two-month extended vacation in the US, I decided to set about realizing my dream – to live and work in America while I was still young enough to enjoy it (and not too old to reboot life in Australia if it went pear-shaped.)