Farewell Sydney, Hello New Zealand!

by Melissa on January 13, 2011 · 0 comments

Farewell Sydney. See you in a month.  Hello New Zealand!  How I’ve missed you since our last meeting.

I am currently sitting on the plane (although I’m sure the end of this post will be written in the airport, where I get to spend the night.) Unfortunately Kate’s grandfather had passed away during the holidays, so she had to return home. Thus our plans got bumped around a little bit, but that’s no biggie. Obviously it’s more important to be there with her family. It simply means that I get to entertain myself in Auckland for a few days till she gets back. So, since my flight arrives into Auckland at 12:10am and then I still have to do customs, quarantine and baggage claim, I figured there was no point in going all the way into the city so late – It would be a waste of money for half a night in a hostel. So I’m going to be a true backpacker and spend the (remainder of my) night at the airport. Tomorrow (or rather later today) I hope to meet up with Bradford, who is apparently going to be arriving back into the city later on in the day. Hopefully we can spend 3 or 4 days exploring the Auckland area together.

on plane

… 7.5hrs later and one more passport stamp into the future.

Well, I guess you can call me a real backpacker now. I officially slept for a good 3 hours on a couch at the airport. I wasn’t alone, so I wasn’t so sketched out. Every couch in the airport was taken with people sleeping on them. So I just made sure to put my money in my bra, and my head on my computer/camera bag, put my big backpack under the couch and my purse under me, threw my iPod on (in one ear, so I could still hear the surroundings), and put my hoodie up over my head. I’m actually quite surprised at how soundly I slept. I mean, I’m still absolutely exhausted, but I don’t feel nearly as bad as I thought I would. I’m still sitting here now, charging up all of my electronics, waiting for it to be 7ish because the front desk at the hostel I booked doesn’t open until 7am. I’m hoping I can put my big bag in storage, and just take my computer/camera bag out for the day… and wander until 2pm when I can get into my room. Then I plan to take a nice long nap.

AKL

I’ve been thinking a lot about this big adventure of mine. And I’ve said it numerous times that I am so happy that I am finally doing this. This adventure is something I’ve wanted to do for years now. I remember going to my parents when I was 18, saying that I wanted to spend my summer doing a SWAP in Australia. Of course, being a young’n with no money, and probably less sense in my head, my parents told me the only way I could go was if I found a friend to come with me. Well yeah. Good luck trying to find another 18 year old who’s got the money to afford living abroad for 4 months. Not too many people were too keen on the idea, thus my hopes and dreams of going to Australia on a working holiday visa were shattered. Fast forward 6 years, I have just spent my first two weeks in wonderful Sydney, am now sitting in Auckland International Airport about to start my Kiwi adventure with my friend who’s parents did let her take that giant step when she was ready (granted it wasn’t for a working holiday visa, it was to do teachers college… circumstances were a bit different, I suppose, but the fact of the matter is that she did it.) You can’t let anyone stop you from pursuing what you want to achieve. Life will test you to see how serious you are about pursuing a particular path. Sooner or later, you may face negative feedback. If you do, remember not to let anyone crush your dream.

Look at me. It’s taken me 6 years. But here I am — not wanting this adventure to end in April – and possibly considering extending it back to my original planned length of 9 months. I had planned to have a traveling partner who bailed on me 3 weeks before I was scheduled to leave. That didn’t even make me think for a second not to go. Don’t ever think that you can’t do something. The moment you doubt yourself, is the moment you throw obstacles in your own path. Traveling is one of the greatest things that you can do for yourself. It’s an education you will NEVER receive in any university or college or high school or textbook. It teaches you more important things like about the world we live in, other people and cultures, and most importantly it teaches you about yourself. Walt Disney once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it”… and what more can I say? I’m doing it – living my own personal dream. Making likeminded friends from around the world and bonds with people who I would have never met otherwise.

jared and me
These last few weeks I have been the happiest I have been in years. And its not simply the fact that I have fewer responsibilities, but the people whom I’ve met have been so incredibly wonderful and have made me so happy in their own ways. Whether it’s spending a night cuddled up on the couch with a cute boy, or being called names (jokingly of course) by a crazy British girl whom is now my future travel partner in a few months time… it’s been an awesome first 2 weeks. Here’s for another 13 (or possibly more) wickedly awesome weeks away from the humdrum of home.

Now Playing: Mango Tree by Angus and Julia Stone

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