As I sit here with my coffee in hand and my wind being blown by the slightly chilly 13 degree day (for all of you Americans out there, that is in Celsius not Farenheight but still cold) I ponder what … Continue reading
In less than 7 hours I will be boarding a flight to Los Angeles, where I will then transfer to a direct flight to Sydney, Australia and then catch a connection to MELBOURNE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Those are three cities I have never been to and in two days I will have been in all three! The journey puts me in Melbourne at 9:35 am on Friday. There is a 14 hour time difference and 26 hours and 35 minutes of travel time! More than 22 of those hours are flying…
So packing. Packing. Packing. Packing.
It wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought!
I fit all my clothes and shoes in one suitcase which weighs in at 44 pounds! And just cause I’m allowed two checked bags, I’m also bringing a small duffle bag. And then of course, my carry on.
How did I do it?
I honestly don’t know!
I ironed then rolled up all my clothes, which definitely saved space!
Then shoes went in first.
And then from that my rolled clothes got stacked and situated! And here we are! Finished product!
I ended up taking 3 pairs of flats, 1 pair of sandals, 1 pair of boots, 1 pair of heels, and running shoes. 17 tops, 11 dresses, 2 pairs of shorts, 5 pairs of pants, 2 pairs of leggings, 2 workout shorts, 4 cardigans, 4 scarves, winter hat, winter gloves, raincoat, leather jacket, 2 bathing suits, a fleece. Along with undergarments. This is what my wardrobe will consist of for 5 months and two and a half seasons!
And honestly, I think I’m content with that.
Simplification, that is my first lesson on this journey that takes me around the globe.
Melbourne Here I come!! Here is to many more lessons, adventures, and joy! Cheerio!
So in one week from today I leave. It is starting to hit me and hit me hard.
I am leaving EVERYTHING. Everything I know, everything that is familiar, all those comfortable things we tend to grip to.
Important things like our family, our friends, our home.But this week I have been thinking of all those little things I find comfort in, like being able to have my entire closet at my disposal when I desire it, being able to do laundry every (or every other day), being able to understand every word the people around me say, knowing I can look up a map on my phone when I’m lost or call someone who knows the way, how to order my coffee exactly how I like it, being able to find all the brands I’m familiar with, knowing I have people 10 minutes to 7 hours away when I need them.
What happens when these comforts are taken away? What happens when they are 10,018 miles away? When they are a 2 day journey flight away?
Well here is my answer right now, I adapt.
Keep following my journey to see how that becomes reality! I will be posting on this blog weekly on a Wednesday. Since I will be 14 hours ahead of the United States when I first arrive in Australia and 16 by the time I leave, my Wednesdays may be your Tuesdays, so plan accordingly. 🙂
I may post more often if I find time since I am disconnecting myself from other methods of communication (read: Facebook, texting, and calling) therefore should be saving time in my day to explore and share!
Now I will share a few things… things that I bought especially for my trip to Australia. I see every single thing being useful in my future, yet I would have never purchased them if I weren’t going abroad next Wednesday! (Ahhh! So soon!!!!!)
So in two weeks from today I start the biggest journey of my life…
It will be the longest flight I have ever taken, the furthest I have ever been away from home, and the furthest I have ever been away from the United States.
I pray that this is a journey physically, mentally, and emotionally.
In two weeks from today I will begin the 27 hour journey to Melbourne, Australia where I will remain for the next 5 months.
Two weeks still seem so far off that I can’t fully grasp the reality of it. I am so excited though. I am preparing myself, slowly but surely.
In my preparations I am picking up lingo, reading the Melbourne News, and searching for places to explore. I have also become an avid watcher of a show on Hulu that takes place in Melbourne: House Husbands. (It’s quite catchy, also Aussie accents, need I say more?)
So with my last two weeks of summer closing in I plan to make the most of them; finish up my summer in South Carolina, get all my appointments out of the way, say goodbye to my family, and hang out with those I care about. Not to mention pack in a smart and efficient way… One suitcase, 5 months, two seasons… this may prove the biggest challenge of them all. For now, it’s time to go soak up some rays of South Carolina summer sun at the pool!