This is a very familiar time for me. I tend to be a bit of a gypsy, and wandering from place to place you have to say goodbye a lot.
What is in a goodbye, though? As I look through my list of facebook friends I realise how many people around the world mean so much to me. They are long-term friends - some even from school. There's family, some of whom I have only reconnected with recently. There's lovers and ex-boyfriends, old and new. Even my dogs, Bonnie & Cacho, are my friends on Facebook! There's newer acquaintances, some of whom won't last the next 'facebook' cleanout, but some who have already made a huge impact. At some point in my life I've said goodbye to all of these people.
What comes after goodbye? Hello of course! The most exciting thing about travelling is reconnecting. Whether that person travels to where you are in the world, or whether you finally make it to see someone you met in Vietnam over 3 years ago that lives in Hong Kong (true example, ha ha ha!), that reconnection can be quite something. It can open doors to new worlds, provide a helping hand, or just rekindle a friendship or romance that had lain dormant. Sometimes it's just getting to see the people you know and love once again.
So as I leave the country that has been my home for the last 5 years, and say goodbye to all the people that made it a home, I prepare for my 'hello's'. There will be many on this trip. And I know that somewhere down the track, I'll be saying hello to all my Australian friends again. Perhaps soon, perhaps 10 years down the track, but the wonderful thing about friendship is if it is true, it never dies.
Goodbye 'Straya, hello world...
To paths less trodden...
When I started this blog a few years ago in 2010, I was wrapping up my life in Australia, putting a painful few years where they belonged - behind me - and preparing for some crazy travel adventures and a new life in London. Now I'm older, slightly wiser. There's been more laughter than tears, incredible friendships revived and forged, successes, loss and grief, and a shedload of travel. I should have kept this blog up, but like many good intentions it fell by the wayside as life took over. Well, no time like the present! I hope you enjoy, be inspired, roll your eyes a little. And like I said when I kicked this blog off: "You know it's not going to be boring."