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Reisverslag Bittersweet goodbyes
18 augustus 2014
There is one very sad and bittersweet side to travelling: A side that has caused me over my many months being here in Australia to shed more tears than I care to admit. That side just happens to be the day when you have to say goodbye to the amazing people you meet along your journey, and it’s a day that always seems to come too soon…
It’s incredible how quickly you can build a bond with other people, travelers, strangers… Travel relationships of all types are incredibly intense and a few days spent with someone often feels like months of getting to know that person. During my stay at Discovery and during my internship at Wildlife Tours, I met a few amazing people who I feel like I’ve known forever. This ability to build bonds in such a short time is one of the most amazing parts of travelling. But beyond that, the heartache of leaving each other is incredibly difficult. Saying goodbye means more than “I’ll see you when I see you”: It’s really wondering if you’ll ever see that person again in your lifetime. Of course, there is always Skype, Facebook, or good old e-mail to keep in touch, but it’s never the same. Never.
It’s a lump in your throat and a very real ache in your heart when you give that final hug and wish that person “all the best” or “safe travels”. But no matter how sad and hard it is, it’s always worth having to say goodbye for the experiences you were lucky enough to share together for a time in an amazing country.
But my time here wouldn’t have been the same without the people that I’ve met here along the way. Especially, my family-away-from-home at Wildlife Tours. They really are like family to me, and it’s because of them that I had the chance to meet all of these amazing people here, some of which now I’m able to call ‘friends’.
To everyone at Wildlife Tours: Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you, for welcoming me into your little family. Thank you, for giving me so much responsibility and trust. Thank you, for believing in me. Thank you, for taking me to some amazing events, parties and trips! But most of all: Thank you, for some amazing friendships. I will remember this forever, and I will always treasure this experience.
Even though it’s incredibly hard to say goodbye to Melbourne, I’m ready for another adventure. Starting this week: This Thursday I’m off on a 10 day adventure from Melbourne to Alice Springs: Great Ocean Road, Grampians, Adelaide, Flinders Ranges, Williams Creek, Coober Pedy, Erldunda, Kata Tjuta, Uluru, Kings Canyon… I’m gonna see it all! Then, after this amazing 10 day trip, I’ll fly from Alice Springs to Sydney, where I’ll be spending two weeks with friends and family, discovering the Blue Mountains, enjoying the vibrant city life and visiting the Southern Highlands. After this, I’ll have 4 weeks to make my way up the East Coast: Byron Bay, Brisbane city (where I’ll be visiting Mal, Judith and Isaac one more time!), Rainbow Beach, Fraser Island, Whit Sundays, and much more, to eventually end my trip in Cairns. By that time, it’s already October! Which means, my dad will be in Japan for work. That’s why I decided to fly from Cairns to Tokyo, to pay my dad a quick visit before flying home together… Back to the land of wooden shoes and windmills. Back to my family, friends and everyone I had to miss for 10 months. Back to reality.
So… to everyone I’m saying goodbye to: “All the best”, “Safe travels” and “Be seeing you”.
Thanks for the memories.
I will miss you all terribly.
24 augustus 2014 19:28 | Door: Rineke
Ik heb genoten van je reisverslagen. Deze ervaring vergeet je never nooit. !
Nog een hele fijne en gezellige trip in Australie en daarna een geweldige Big Hug to your Dad.