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Car’s Travel Diary

Saturday, 11 Jul 2009

Location: sam's, last night.

MapIt's my last night in Australia. It feels like my heart is being ripped out of my chest the closer I get to leaving, but I know that I've truly put my heart and soul into this trip, and that's all I could ever have asked for. I am so thankful for ALL the amazing things I've experienced here...Diving in the great barrier reef, learning how to throw a boomerang (but not being good at it), Having a few good surf sessions including one with dolphins in Crescent head, (and a few less successful but humorous ones), meeting some amazing Americans, meeting some amazing AUSTRALIANS, meeting one amazing person in particular <3, Climbing the Sydney Bridge with my dad, Seeing the opera house, seeing my favorite band (kings of leon) in concert, going to the gold coast and surfers paradise, lots of beach volleyball, catching australian sunrises over the water, turning 21...the list goes on and on of things I never DREAMED of experiencing...I know deep down that I'll shed a few tears in the next week or two, actually I know I'll shed a lot of tears, but I'm trying to be positive because I know this experience is one that will forever bring a smile to my face.

I have developed a strong passion for this country, it's people, it's values, and the amazing scenery. In our last few days Sam and I also took a trip to the Hunter Valley Vineyards and went wine tasting, and took one last trip to Sydney to see Bondi Beach, which NEITHER of us had seen yet! Being here has really strengthened my sense of the beauty around me. Sam thought I was crazy at times while I was standing, mouth dropped to my feet, at the green vineyard and the "mountains" as the back drop (he called them mountains but where we come from they could have been considered large hills). I suppose he lives here so to him the scenery was ordinary, but I just found so much peace standing in the sun (again, in the middle of WINTER) at the vineyards. I suppose it's just a feeling of wanting to soak up every last ounce of this place that I can, even noticing things I may have passed by or taken for granted.

As I said aside from the scenery, people of this country are so welcoming, witty, and they really are just BEAUTIFUL human beings inside and out. Sam's mother has been so wonderful to me while I've stayed with her family for the last 2 weeks. She made me a card with a message inside that brought tears to my eyes. I've been so lucky to spend time with Sam's dad & step mom, and all of his great siblings, and everyone's had a part in making this country my home. Sam has a great group of friends, they're all a bunch of funny "blokes" :) and the girls all treat me like they've known me for ages. I can't believe my time is up here. I'm currently sitting my room, clothes in piles everywhere, puffy red eyes, packing up my suitcases.

But it can't all be sad! Sam and I have a relaxing last night planned together. We are going to pick up take out (or take away as they would say here) and come back and eat and then we are going to his dad's to hang out with the kids and say goodbye. I don't know what the future holds and I certainly have a lot ahead of me---Family and friends waiting for me at home, summer jobs, and my senior year ahead of me! I have a strong feeling, and truly hope, that this will not be my last trip to Australia, because i have absolutely fallen for this country. I'm leaving a large part of myself here, and while leaving will be very hard, I know I'll be a stronger, wiser, more worldly person!



**Sam I know sometimes you sneak onto my "plane-tranger" to have a read, so I just want you to know that I'm going to miss you HEAPS! While you're reading this I'm actually probably already missing you. You've not only been such a wonderful boyfriend, but you've been my best friend. Leaving you is going to be so hard, but we've had so many good times and SOOOO many laughs and I know we'll keep in touch and I hope to see you in the future. I'm just a plane ride away. hugs and kisses <3 XOXO

Love & SEE YOU ALL SOON,
Carley