Yes, it is that time again. Time to publish another travel reflection. This time, it’s covers MONTH 9 of travel! I can’t believe I’ve been travelling for the average length of a human pregnancy! We are currently in Noosaville, QLD still working and have had a pretty good month! If you want to keep updated from the beginning of our journey, you can read Month’s 1’s Reflection here.
Month 9 Highlights
- Finding a beautiful spot to write while Jack is fishing at Lake MacDonald, QLD
- Sunshine Beach with fabulous friends & then had a chippy!
- We bought a new car that we are converting into a camper for our not so distant road trip!!
- Booked flights to visit home in July/August next year
- End of the seed season in work which means no more aggravating my repetitive strain injury for minimum wage (meh)
- Bought a laptop so that I can blog & write more easily once we’re back on the road (this has been an expensive month)
- Having a really hot day of 34 degrees and getting excited that summer is on the way!
- Time spent at Noosa River, one of my favourite places in the whole world over.
- Getting over-excited in work when there was a storm (later discovered that it was the tail end of a tornado that happened inland)!
- Having a party with our farm gang & eating home-cooked food from across Europe!
- Food eaten at Eumundi Brewery, our favourite restaurant near our Noosa home.
- Jack finishing his 88 days!
Month 9 Lowlights
- Missed 2 of my friends birthdays this month and it got me thinking about all the things I’m missing at home.
- The weather has been very wet, rainy & cold for a lot of this month so we haven’t been able to spend as much time outdoors!
- Having to say goodbye (for now) to our French friends as they leave the farm again & we don’t know when we’ll next be in the same place again.
What I’ve Learned
I’ve learned that I’m actually very resilient, especially for someone who is so anxious about everything. This month, I feel like a lot of my insecurities have been bubbling to the surface and I have been trying to work them out. I don’t want to ignore them anymore as it isn’t healthy so I’m a work-in-progress and getting there. I’ve also learned that I have become more comfortable talking to strangers. I keep noticing that wherever we go, I end up in conversations with random people & I don’t feel as awkward and uncomfortable anymore.
I will officially finish my farm days like Jack and we will leave the Ginger farm & get back to exploring! We’ll be heading up the East Coast of Australia towards Cairns & we have a lot of exciting things pencilled in! This is what I’ve been waiting for since starting the farm work back in May so I’m so ready for us to take this next step and keep exploring.
Jack has finished his farm days & I am so close to finishing mine too – today is day 82/88! I’m so proud of us (but especially me) because a lot of people laughed when I said I was going to work on a farm. They were either laughing at how ridiculous it would be for me to work on a farm when I have no experience or desire, or they were laughing because they didn’t think I would be able to stick out the 2 years in Australia without crying myself home. I am stronger for leaving the comfort of home. Stronger, and happier. I love my family and friends & miss them so much, but it’s in a wish they were here way rather than I wish I was home way.
Who else can believe it’s been 9 months since that first flight from Manchester Airport?