Travel Diary : On the way to Australia
After a few months spent in the land of kangaroos, I managed to be back to my travel diary’s pages to immortalize my adventures in Australia in black on white.
Thanks for being here and have a nice trip!
I could not believe it.
I really did it. I got my visa, prepared my passport, filled my backpack and left heading the unknown, with nothing in my hand but the desire to challenge myself, find my path and explore this wild and wonderful country.
a trip that lasted three days
Travel diary: 06/20/2022
When the departure day came, it seemed to me that time was standing still.
I felt so strange, on the one hand happy and eager to start this journey, I had been cultivating the idea of doing such a madness for years. All of a sudden came that moment when I needed some shock treatment, to change my life and give myself a jolt to get things flowing again.
On the other hand, I felt tense and a bit empty. In the end it was the whole day I had only been seeing people crying around me for hours, and as happy as I am to know that I have family and friends who love me, it didn’t help.
And then my dog’s eyes reminded me how much I will miss him and I felt deeply sad: was I sure of my choice?
In the following moments, agitation took over from sadness: will I be able and enough to manage it?
I can’t say exactly how many doubts suddenly arose in my mind in the moments before my departure.
A whirlwind of thoughts and fears overwhelmed me until the bus I was sitting on left, heading to the first stop of the journey: France.
I couldn’t go back anymore: the only way was forward.
In France, another bus was ment to take us to the airport. The coincidence included almost an hour of rest, everything was going well.
Until we discovered that the second bus had left earlier: we had lost it.
Loaded with our backpacks, without a place to sleep, hungry and uncertain. This was the beginning of our journey to Australia.
Not exactly what I thought.
“A journey is not a journey if it is not at least a bit of a journey of hope”
Arianna, a dear friend of mine from high school, told me. I still remember the laughter. Then, thinking about it, in its simplicity and naivety this words hid a deep truth that every traveler knows. And now I know it too.
After a brief moment of panic and general nervousness, we managed to find a train that would take us to Lyon and from there another to the airport the next day. And luckily we were able to quickly book a hotel near the station.
Ok, the basics were in place, we could rest and recharge the batteries.
After a refreshing night, we were ready to leave again, heading for the airport. No more unforeseen events: we left well in advance, we arrived at the airport when our flight was hours away, but at least we were calm and sure not to miss it!
somewhere in the sky ...
In the midst of the clouds, I still hadn’t realized I was on a plane headed literally to the other side of the world.
For a period of time that seemed infinite to me, I only saw clouds, the blue of the sky and the sun’s rays penetrating the airplane window.
From time to time the dawn, of a blinding beauty.
My mind was hosting a mix of conflicting emotions: happiness, excitement, nostalgia, fear and above all impatience.
That flight was taking forever!
After more than 9 hours on the plane, I had completely lost all sense of time: day and night began to get confused. Fortunately, some hostesses would from time to time show up with a nice big meal, to remind me that it was probably time for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Then back to nothing to do.
I read a few pages of the new book, jotted down a few moments in my travel diary. But Australia and landing were still mirages.
With the air conditioning and the uncomfortable position, my ankles looked like two balloons: I couldn’t take it anymore.
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At one point the wonderful news: the plane was preparing to land.
And it is in that very moment that I discovered the existence of the so called “landing migraine”.
As we lost altitude, I began to feel excruciating pain in my temples, which quickly spread throughout my head. I do not hide that I was genuinely worried, it seemed to me that my head was about to burst.
Then Davide, my partner, made me notice that a similar thing had happened to me already, during my first dives: perhaps the cause was the same, pressure change.
So I put into practice what I had learned underwater and started to compensate, exactly as I had learned during the diving course, to protect the eardrums and sinuses from the pressure change. It took a while but it worked!
While we were busy fighting headaches, I didn’t realize we were claiming landed in Thailand.
GOOD VIBES IN THAILANDIA
As soon as we landed in Thailand, a really strange thing happened to me.
I immediately felt a deep, calm and serene emotion that warmed my heart. For one who believes a lot in the energies that connect us to what is around, it was a very powerful, intense and meaningful moment.
Almost like a call.
This experience has become an important point on my to-do list: take a trip to Thailand.
I immediately updated my travel diary: Australia, Thailand.
Now they both appeared.
Unfortunately this energy lasted just as long as a stopover, then as if time had not gone I was flying forward again, on the plane that would take me directly to Sydney.
OMG, I'M IN SYDNEY!
During a cold winter evening I took my first step in Australia.
We had arrived.
When I caught a glimpse of the Sydney Opera House from the window of the plane, I couldn’t believe it.
I was officially on the other side of the world, away from everything I knew.
Incredulous, happy, excited, terrified, very tired. From that moment I remember this mix of emotions very well, the $ 80 spent on the taxi from the airport to the house and the meeting with our first home.
Brought my luggage inside, I still hadn’t fully realized who I was, where I was and everything. A quick shower, and two minutes later I collapsed on the bed, embraced by the pleasant embrace of sleep.
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