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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!
June 11, 2014
Location: Beaufort, SC
The salty sea breeze wafts over from the Port Royal Sound as my feet pound the tabby sidewalk along the waterfront. The people relaxing on the porch swings held up by vine covered poles wave and smile as I run by. The bits of conversations I catch are nothing but joyful.
The shops of town are busy with tourists, locals, and immaculately dressed southerners enjoying the beautiful weather of this Wednesday. Entering the historic district, I am greeted by large, beautiful homes that whisper their well established stories with each Spanish moss covered tree and white pillar. The beautiful Haint blue painted porch ceilings that are said to ward away the bad spirits and ghosts and give a southern charm to the large, beautiful, expansive porches. However, in this perfect little town, I cannot image any bad spirits or ghosts that need to be warded off. The peace here is unbelievable.
Running under the bridge created by the Large Oak trees covered in the draping Spanish moss is magical. These covered streets are not littered with modern conveniences or cars. There is a tranquility here. An acceptance of nature and the beauty it brings. It is such a nice break from the city and the busyness of our world. The sky whispers through the trees, along the sound, all the way to the ground. You can feel it. Here in Beaufort there is a connection.
The Edgar Fripp House, best known because it was featured in the Big Chill, Forest Gump, The Great Santini, and The Prince of Tides, stands out amidst the marsh and sound. The grandiose architecture takes my breath away. All of the Sound View houses do this to me.
I love it here. I think I have fallen in love with the south and in particular, Beaufort, SC.
Running by the smaller houses along Lafayette Street and Pigeon Point Road, I am greeted by the happy faces of homeowners out mowing their large lawns and trimming overgrown shrubs before the probable short afternoon storm rolls in. As I come into view every single person stops what they are doing, smiles, and waves at me, and if they are in earshot shout hello. The warm sense of community here is evident in these loving encounters.
Pigeon Point Park is full of mothers and their toddlers enjoying lunchtime on a beautiful playground. The laughter that rings out in joy is better and more energizing than any music I could ever play on my iPod.
Now, as I sit in a wonderful, perfect small town coffee shop, Common Grounds typing this and looking out over the sound, I sip my coffee latte and smile.
The elementary and high school teachers in wicker chairs at the table beside mine chat about the joys of having the summer to relax and enjoy life here in Beaufort. I can see why this would bring them such joy. I wish I could have all summer to enjoy life here.
My 10 mile run in Beaufort, was quite beautiful. Beautiful Beaufort.
With that, I shall say goodbye, because I have much more to explore before I leave this afternoon.