So long Vicky

Trip Start Apr 08, 2013
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Just over 200 days ago we crossed the border into Victoria, no exactly virgin country for us but still a state we were keen to get stuck into and explore. I certainly didn't expect it to take nearly seven months and to leave again with genuinely heavy hearts after meeting and making some good friends in that relatively short time.

But here we are are having our sandwiches on the border to NSW with a genuine feeling of leaving a place where we have been made to feel like long lost relatives. Victoria combined with Melbourne feel very much like home, maybe its the rugged landscape and cosmopolitan city that makes it feel a bit like Europe, maybe its just the shear number of people like us who have decided to move from the other side of the world and make this corner of Australia their home. Whatever the reason we feel like part of us will always be here.

Leaving Mallacoota was hard, Margaret and Peter had started to feel like family and it was very sad to drive away, the experience of genuine gratitude for the work and the freindship we had made was obvious and hard to let go off. Peter was like a big brother to me and Margaret a big sister to Sharon, they were both our friends and I hope we can see them again someday, with the amount of friends we have made in Victoria we will have to travel for a year all over again just to pop in to say hello!

On we go to New South Wales, our planned tour of the Snowey mountains had to be scrapped as we due in Moruya and we just stayed to long in Mallacoota, but we will still get the opportunity to go to Canberra as we have managed to re-arrange our citizenship test there, the powers that be wanted us to do it in Adelaide, but after some careful negotiation we convinced them to let a couple of nomads break the rules.

So here we are at the border crossing, probably one of the easiest in the world but the feeling of adventure and a new road ahead is just as good.
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