A sad goodbye!
Trip Start Aug 08, 2011
64Trip End Jul 22, 2013
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I'm feeling incredibly nervous - can I really rely on myself to get around the world meeting flights on time and with belongings intact? Will I meet people along the way? Is my bag to heavy? (YES!!) Will I be homesick? And if so for which home?! I feel in limbo with so many people I love on both sides of the world! But then how lucky am I? To have taken the plunge and moved abroad only to meet some of the most amazing people with whom I will always be friends!
I'm also excited - so many exciting things coming up! First my outback trip where I will be trekking in the dessert, eating around a campfire and then waking up in time for sunrise over Ayers Rock
And then just to add to this jumble of emotions, I am incredibly sad to be leaving behind Byron Bay and all of its wonderful people. Leaving them and Wyn especially behind was very difficult.I have been overwhelmed by my friends generosity in the lead up to my leaving. Becky and Marco threw me a leaving party (Latino themed) on saturday complete with Mexican chilli, nachos and margaritas! All this just 48hrs after they moved house!! And marco spent most of that time slow cooking the shredded beef chilli - little did I know slow cooking can be done over days! But the result was amazing! The party went down really well as did the margaritas although I think Wyn regretted the tequila shots...! Photos for your amusement on their way! Their generosity did not end there as I have been chauffeur driven by Becky Marco and Wyn all the way to Brisbane airport in the middle of the night! That's a 4hr round trip! Wyn and Tink have also been amazing - they are posting my luggage home for me and taking lots of stuff to charity shops as annoyingly charity shops and the post office are not open on weekends!! Add to that a beautiful bracelet and some heartfelt cards from my girlfriends and you have one very choked up leanne!
I'd like to take a moment to reflect on life in byron - see it can get even soppier
There are so many things I am going to miss! Especially the social life! We have a huge tight knit circle forged by many people all away from home so therefore we became one huge family. There through the good and the bad. No one even held it against me when I served up the turkey at 23.30 on Christmas Day last year! Whilst a lot of our social life revolved around the incredible restaurant scene, my favourites were the house parties - always noises always messy and always fun - sorry neighbours! Another favourite was the beachy sunday sessions - live music and nachos after a morning spent at the hippy markets. Lisa hunt was a real favourite - wow that woman can sing! Then there are the festivals. Byron is like Australia's answer to Glastonbury with 2 huge festivals every year
A big shout out must go out to the staff at lismore base ! I have loved working there and have learnt so much although I do feel like its time for a change - ED can feel like a conveyor belt! The staff have been so supportive and friendly. I was genuinely by sad to leave on Friday morning!
Anyway enough reminiscing, I have a flight to catch! X