“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky
We arrived back in Toronto less than 48 hours ago after three weeks in sunny Australia. And in an hour and a half we will be making our way back to the airport to head out to Spain to begin our 400+ kilometer trek across northern Spain. Some have asked why did we even bother to come home, but I’m glad we did. The short time put a lot of pressure on us to really focus on what needed to get done and we spent a lot of quality time with my Mom and Sister. I really enjoyed it.
Our trip to Australia was good. Before leaving I had a feeling that things weren’t going to go as planned, and with life, that usually happens. Overall it was a great trip but it had its challenges – from faulty aircraft entertainment units, adjustments to travel plans for family, little internet connection and even not up to par accommodation. It was challenging, I won’t deny that. In the heat of the moment I found it difficult to deal with, but what I can see now is that it played a purpose to teach me things. My initial reaction was to play the victim and have a poor me attitude, but these events weren’t about me. Things went wrong, people had to look after themselves, I had to adjust. And I had to let go and let be. Isn’t that what we should be doing most of the time anyway? I promised myself that despite what happens, I will have a good time.
The purpose of our trip though, was to see my husband’s daughter, who happens to be an extremely beautiful and talented actress, perform her opening show for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at the Sydney Opera House. What an honour to be able to witness and be a part of this. Wow is all that I can say!!!
We spent most of our time in Queensland, specifically in the Gold Coast, minutes from Surfers Paradise, and up in Hervey Bay, and of course in Sydney. I already thought that Australia was beautiful, and now I’m even more convinced. We played tourist for more of the trip, doing a lot of touristy things such as daily walks on the beach, body surfing, visiting amusement parks and meeting up with friends I haven’t seen in years and just took it easy. It was a busy yet relaxing vacation where we were on the go a lot. Oh and the sunsets were to die for.
But now a new adventure is going to begin, one that is entirely different. I hope to write more.
Buen Camino to us!