Europe: Part 1.

The time has come. I can’t leave it off any longer. It’s always been inevitable; sooner or later, I was going to have to sift through all 2000 (YES, TWO THOUSAND) photos I took while in Europe. Clearly, Traveller Amy had no regard for my poor current self. Not that I would ever, ever be unhappy about having plenty of photos to work with. It’s just that when you get to photo number 54 of the Colosseum, the likelihood of a) needing a snack break, b) having a pounding head, and c) hating Rome, is dramatically increased.

But I’m getting ahead of myself; Rome is weeks (and about half a 16GB memory card) away.

*insert dreamy, other-worldly tune* It all began in Brisbane, Australia.

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My first international flight, and going it alone: I think this was the part where my stomach was supposed to flutter with nervous butterflies and excitement- but apparently I missed that experience.

By some brilliant act of chance, I found myself queuing to board the flight behind an equally clueless traveler- who, coincidentally, was the young man I would be spending my flight seated next to; Winnie. 

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Looking back with that experience under my belt, I can give you one excellent piece of advice to achieve a total lack of self consciousness in someone else’s company: spend a 28 hour flight beside them. Lapsing into a zombie-like state of complete exhaustion and irritation is a bonding experience like no other. Despite my total disregard for anything remotely ladylike or attractive (hullllo, joggers and jeans!), Winnie became the first of many traveler friends who inspired me and made for what soon became the journey of a lifetime. And, apart from being useful for helping with my (morbidly oversized) bags, he turned out to be pretty decent company too. (I guess I better say that anyway, since I’m planning on sending him the link and all).

28 hours later, I stumbled wide-eyed into the Heathrow Airport, London. My stunned state and naivety, however, was absolutely no help when it came to British Security and the whole not-having-accommodation-already-booked issue. I gallantly made it through anyway, my pride in such spontaneity only taking a small blow, and caught a tube train (another piece of foreign machinery) into King’s Cross in search of a hostel. In hindsight, this was probably the worst place to stay the night, but I begrudgingly handed over 28 pound for one night’s stay and proclaimed all of London maddeningly overpriced. I wish I could say I fell in love with London instantly after this- that the complete lack of sunshine coupled with the city’s miserable residents could easily be overlooked for… what? I spent my first night there regurgitating amazing quantities of airplane food, and decided I hated London. (Not to despair though- if we both persist to the end of this series, you’ll eventually find that I come to terms with London’s Londonness- appreciated it, even).

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To be continued (in theory): Next stop, Liverpool. And let’s not pretend I felt a morsel of disappointment to be hauling my bags onto a train out of that big, unfriendly London.

Thanks for reading, I hope you’ll enjoy my misadventures!
-Amy, xo.

I am…

I’m the girl who rushes into the library 5 minutes before closing time, racing to find books that teach Spanish.

As I proudly belt out my puny vocabulary to Pablo and the others on the Learn Spanish disc, I can’t fight a sense of pride and unashamed happiness. This pretty much sums up the past 2 months of my life- a crazy, last-minute burst of panic and excitement, ultimately ending with me grinning like whatever small mission I just completed will go down on the pages of history.

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I would usually be the last to describe myself as spontaneous. A) Because I’m not, and B) Because, uh, who actually says that? So naturally, when I was catching up with two of my favourite people in the world yesterday and one of them declared me spontaneous, I was stunned (petrified, ecstatic, delirious)!!!

And then I thought about it.

I dropped a university course I loved, without any plans. I booked tickets to London.  I moved into an unknown town and surrounded myself with complete strangers, and began to hunt for work. I fell in love with the place, and the people. I found a job. I lost it. I didn’t care. I found a new one. I loved it. I quit, to catch my first ever international flight alone. I made a friend on the plane. I flew into London without accommodation booked. I found some. I spent time with friends, I travelled alone, I made new friends. I travelled with my new friends. I stayed at some of their houses. I got to see a grand total of 14 new countries. I even made it home in one piece.

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And here I am again, back in good ‘ol AUS, dashing between towns, my car filled with luggage, praying for a job and that the half tank of fuel and $50 that I have left will make the distance.

Uhh, maybe I am a little spontaneous these days? And I haven’t been happier.

365: Home, for now.

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Hey ya’ll! Hope life is treating you guys well. I’m certainly going well at the moment- living at the beach baby!
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I’ve gotten a job (woot!), waitressing . It’s pretty good work. And staying at backpackers accommodation! That’s lots of fun.
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The good thing about working at night is that I get to spend my days checking out the beach, swimming, learning to surf (!) and taking photos of interesting things, like this umbrella.
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Coolest. Umbrella. Ever. No?

Thanks for reading!
Amy, xo.