And just like that…two months came and went. What started off as a one year journey in Australia, travelling up the East Coast, has morphed itself, and become so much more than I could ever ask for.
When I was younger, I watched Eat Pray Love and had a hard time connecting with the main character (Elizabeth Gilbert), as she was going through a stage of discovery and reinvention. One that I could never understand. Recently, I watched it again and was astounded at how I connected so well with Gilbert.
As cliché and cheesy as it sounds….I, myself, am going through my own Eat Pray Love journey…a journey of self discovery, of heartbreak and of truly learning to be comfortable and happy in my own skin, unattached and independent.
My time in Melbourne has been amazing. I fell in love with the city the day I got there and remained steadily in love. I realized recently that leaving Canada was starting to feel more like a move…Half my life began to feel like it was in Melbourne, with the cafés, laneways, the amazing street art and of course- the people.
It’s been a month- the longest I’ve been in any area so far. You get to a point in your travels when you realize it’s most definitely time to move on. For me, that time was when I had reception ask me if I was supposed to have left already. Ah yes, I’ve been at the same hostel for the last month as it was convienent, easy and central. Jokes aside, I was awaiting my vaccinations as one of the ones I had done, needed 21 days.
Im currently on my way out of Melbourne, Australia with Bali, Indonesia as my first stop. I’ll be in Indonesia for 3 weeks and will then make my way to Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
This journey that Im on has already been pretty crazy and has taken me to so many unexpected places. From initially planning a journey up the Australian East Coast, to flying down to Melbourne for work and now forgoing work in Melbourne for an adventure to SE Asia. It’s exciting but scary all at the same time. Much like leaving Vancouver, I’ll be leaving behind so many truly amazing individuals in Melbourne. You know who you are. Thank you for being a part of this journey.
For now, I say adieu Melbourne. Adieu Australia. I left a part of my heart and soul in Melbourne, and will one day be back. In the mean time, I welcome change and a new adventure with open arms. Hello to a second continent and a new chapter in this novel.