It’s been quite an eventful year so far of being there for new friends and figuring out what’s next. Before the fireworks on NYE, Svenja started feeling a bit ill, and by new year’s day, was doubled over in pain from stomach cramps. She ended up passing out, and we had to call an ambulance to bring her to the hospital. They couldn’t find what was wrong and sent her home even though she was still in pain. The girls were meant to fly to Melbourne that day, and ended up not taking the flight. Instead, we shared a hotel room so Svenja could lay down and try to get some rest. The next day, Michi, Kris and I walked around the city to give Svenja time to rest. They booked a bus to Melbourne, but Svenja was still not feeling great so she ended up getting a flight back to Brisbane and the other girls headed down to Melbourne.
I felt so bad for her – she’s been working so hard to save up and travel before her classes start up again in February, and she wasn’t able to go. She had a good attitude that maybe it happened for a reason, but I know she was still devastated and felt terrible the other girls missed the flight and had to rebook on the bus. For me, I felt bad that there wasn’t much I could do to help. Even though I’ve only known them a week, I feel like we are part of a traveling family and wanted to do more.
Now that I’m on my own again, though, it’s time to figure out what’s next for me. At the moment, I’m looking for a short-term place to rent while I sell my van and decide what I’m going to do after this. My friend Leish is coming to visit for a few weeks, so I’m hoping to have the van sold before then so I don’t have to worry about it. After that, I think I’m going to book a flight to Brisbane to celebrate Michi’s birthday at the end of the month. And then, who knows? My flight back to the states is set for the 31st, and so far I haven’t decided what I’ll do in terms of taking it or trying to change it. I have a lot of things to decide before I figure out whether to continue my travels or head back home.
I am really enjoying being in a different country on my own – every day is a completely different experience from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to sleep. Sometimes it can get lonely and I miss my friends and family, but I also know that there is something new to discover around every corner here, and I’m certainly never at a loss for things to do.
Time to head out and get some things done. I hope everyone had an amazing new year’s filled with loved ones and happiness. Take advantage of the start of a new decade to dream big and follow your heart! Cheers!