Day 40 already, are we? For all you troopers who have stuck it out with us to this point, you already know all the good, bad and ugly (mostly good) we’ve gone through up til now. From the beaches, elephants and curry in Thailand, to the rice paddies, monkeys and Infinity Pool in Bali, and finally the hitchhiking, museums and waterfalls in New Zealand, these six weeks cannot simply be summed up in any sort of list or collage. Day by day, we go back to our hotel or hostel feeling like we did so many things in twelve hours and yet I sit here on Day 40 wondering how Boxing day literally feels like yesterday. Without a doubt, there are so many photos and memories that didn’t even make it to the blog-o-sphere — That’s the beauty and the reason why I love traveling. It provides a highly personal opportunity for robust experiences by introducing chaos, learning and interesting people into the comfort of everyday life.
If I had any expectations coming into this trip, these six weeks have far surpassed them. I couldn’t have asked for a better person with which to take this pre-exchange trip. Not everyone would be willing to follow the smell of butter and cheese down the street to the exact bakery producing it. Very few would throw down in a workout in a public park — Jumping up and down stairs, swinging on play structures and doing cartwheels on a soccer field. Almost no one would try to get on a flight to New Zealand with a dodgy phone picture of a computer screen. Thus far, only Barber has proven to be more than happy to do all of the above. Luckily, both our blogs, Emily Gets Wanderlost and Detour to Aussie (detourtoaussie.tumblr.com) will be valuable tools for us to relive the highlights of this trip.
Barber — Thank you for being so handy with maps and directions, appreciating beaches and loving delicious food as much as I do. Most of all, I’m thankful that we have become such great friends over the last three years and even more so because of this trip. Here’s to hoping for even bigger and better things waiting for us in Aussie. Onwards and upwards, my friend!
In the wise words of Dr. Seuss from ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go!’, please be careful on any stairs, cobble stone roads or probably just flat ground you may encounter in the South Island.
“You’ll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life’s
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)
KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!”