So my year in Australia has come to an end, and here I am awaiting the Australian Governments decision to let me back in the country for another year while relaxing in the Rice Paddies of Ubud.
First, I want to say that the Working Holiday I took in Australia has been the best thing I could ever have imagined. Not only did I get to spend time with family that I haven’t seen in years – my brother, cousins, uncles and aunts are all down here (I actually realised I have far more family down under than back in the UK) but I also spent a year in awe of how a place can make you feel.
Back home is…well, its home. Alderney is a beautiful place; I grew up there. But Australia is another world to me. I have lived in the worlds most overwhelming cities, I have worked on 2 separate farms, playing with tractors and sheep for over 3 months (a rewuirement to be let back in is that you have to go play farmer for 88 days – traumatic, fascinating and a memory treasured for ever – see my post on sheep farming here). I have camped on beaches, waking to sunrises out of films and sleeping under the stars like fairytales.
I am desparate to go back. I felt more at home in this wonderful counry than I ever did. My hopes, plans and imminent future rely on it.
But for now, I have returned to the gorgeous little island of Bali. Now there’s a good chance I will catch up on all that I’ve neglected to write about over the past months, but I’ve said that before. Who knows?!
For the moment, I am living in the beautiful town of Ubud, in central Bali. (By living I mean spending a week here chilling out and attempting to catch up on my virtual life that forgot about me in Australia.)
Next stop? Cambodia. Then Vietnam. And finally, Thailand, before returning back to Australia to find work and get to know the country deeper (and actually do the standard things like a skydive, the east coast, Uluru and Sydney – I'm a shit backpacker by the way.)
So that is where I currently stand. Expect some updates in the next week, I'm a woman on a (renewed) mission. But right now I'm going to go find some Nasi Goreng.