Wow, I am mixed with so many emotions, missing Josh, happy to be getting to see my Mom in Thailand (in a couple of hours), sad because I will no longer "live" in Australia. the happiness and gratefulness of meeting such amazing people while here, and the sadness they will no longer be my local group. Being an expat you really learn to lean on your friends like they are family. I will for sure miss my Aussie Family. If your looking for a sappy post about my experiences here, I just don't have it in me. This is all I got through the tears of joy, laughter, happiness, sadness, and every other emotion I am feeling at the moment.
My last days as an Aussie were filled with many hugs, see you laters, and opportunities to pick great restaurants and things to do while hanging out one last time.
So, cheers to the next adventure we all are about to embark on, I know everyone will succeed, have fun, and do amazing at their new adventures. Thanks for the memories girls!
Now off to Thailand to meet up with Mamma, and I will be back on US soil in two weeks. I think Josh is counting the hours.
When Josh and I decided it was time to move, one thing was certain, we had to figure out a place for me to stay, after we had shipped all of our things. There were some options, but after we would explore every option, Josh would always go back to, "There is this girl at work named, Di, I know yall would get along. She has offered...."
Like I said the other day, my "See You Later Tour," is just that a tour. So, I hopped on a plane and headed to Sydney, spent a little time with friends, and enjoyed one night of the 23 day light festival, Sydney Vivid.
Vivid is a light show that started in 2009, and has quickly expanded to an amazing sight. They project lights on the side of the Opera House, and the show is just awesome. We were there a while just staring in amazement.
So somehow my, "see you later tour," has turned into a lot of girls weekends. Frankly, I LOVE IT! This weekend Laura (my running partner, gym manager, and friend), Di (Josh's co-worker, my room-mate, and friend), and I all went down to Girraween, Bald Rock, Falls trail, Stanthrope for the weekend.
After I did surf lessons the other day, a group of girls and I started talking.... We decided that surf lessons would be a great girls trip.
I went to this inservice the other day with Neil Carrington. I had never heard of him, but he was a great speaker. I really left with actual suggestions of how to make my classroom and life better. The great thing though, all is suggestions could be used with any situation. I decided to share what I learned.
After we knew we were leaving the beautiful country of Australia, we kind of went into a tizzy trying to see as many sunrises as we could. Here are a couple of our favorite.
Well I told you it was in the works, and it happened. We got to cross off Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world, during Josh's last weekend in Australia. We picked one piece of furniture, decided whatever we got for that one thing, we would use that money and go to Fraser. When I did research, I honestly could not find that cheap of a way to get there. The tours were right under $200 each, and didn't include food, but did include a lot of time sitting on a bus. The other day when we went to The Glasshouse Mountains, and I chickened out of hiking the rocks, we went to a small fruit stand. The fruit stand had some tourist flyers, I decided to look at them, and found a flyer for a flight to Fraser along with our own 4x4. Now, thinking there was no way it was in our price range, I decided to grab it and look on their website.
Well folks.... as you have all see our lives are nothing normal, so we decided to step out of our comfort zone once more. By the look of the pictures you can see the whole packing thing is getting to be a breeze by now. None the less it is always hard to sort through the "treasures" that one collects over time. This time, we did not have a garage sale like last time. I listed stuff on Gumtree (like Craigslist) and did all the bargaining that way. It actually was fun, we met some interesting people, and got rid of everything we wanted to.
Starting the morning between the slumber of midnight and the crack of dawn, we set out for the adventure that is known as Mt. Warning. After reading several reviews and hearing folks that both Josh and I worked with, we decided we would see the sun rise at the first point that see's it in Australia.
Welllllll.........We had woke up at 1:30 in the morning and had driven two hours for the gps to take us through a few cattle roads then to a random house. With this obviously not being the path we were hoping for, we quickly figured out the closest beach as any beach sunrise is better than not seeing one atop the mountain. Taking the signs down the detour, we found our way to a sleepy town called Kingscliff. It was just as wonderful and a lot less steps to take to see the sun peak over the ocean to great us with the warmth of the day.