A sad goodbye!

Trip Start Aug 08, 2011
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Sunday, April 7, 2013

So this is it. The time has arrived for me to spread my wings and go it alone. I am sat in the airport feeling a bit weepy so apologies in advance for this inevitably soppy entry!
I'm feeling incredibly nervous - can I really rely on myself to get around the world meeting flights on time and with belongings intact? Will I meet people along the way? Is my bag to heavy? (YES!!) Will I be homesick? And if so for which home?! I feel in limbo with so many people I love on both sides of the world! But then how lucky am I? To have taken the plunge and moved abroad only to meet some of the most amazing people with whom I will always be friends!

I'm also excited - so many exciting things coming up! First my outback trip where I will be trekking in the dessert, eating around a campfire and then waking up in time for sunrise over Ayers Rock! Then it's onto Thailand where I start with a catamaran trip around the SW Thai islands (my luxury component!)

And then just to add to this jumble of emotions, I am incredibly sad to be leaving behind Byron Bay and all of its wonderful people. Leaving them and Wyn especially behind was very difficult.I have been overwhelmed by my friends generosity in the lead up to my leaving. Becky and Marco threw me a leaving party (Latino themed) on saturday complete with Mexican chilli, nachos and margaritas! All this just 48hrs after they moved house!! And marco spent most of that time slow cooking the shredded beef chilli - little did I know slow cooking can be done over days! But the result was amazing! The party went down really well as did the margaritas although I think Wyn regretted the tequila shots...! Photos for your amusement on their way! Their generosity did not end there as I have been chauffeur driven by Becky Marco and Wyn all the way to Brisbane airport in the middle of the night! That's a 4hr round trip! Wyn and Tink have also been amazing - they are posting my luggage home for me and taking lots of stuff to charity shops as annoyingly charity shops and the post office are not open on weekends!! Add to that a beautiful bracelet and some heartfelt cards from my girlfriends and you have one very choked up leanne!

I'd like to take a moment to reflect on life in byron - see it can get even soppier! Byron bay is without doubt one of the most beautiful places I ave ever been. If you've never been it will be difficult to describe its unique character or the buzz and energy it has. Just tonight Wyn and I went and sat on the beach watching the sun set over the mountains and then a spontaneous band started playing behind us. Next thing you know everyone's up and dancing and people with bongos are appearing from all around! And that is not unusual for byron! Whilst it is one of the most energetic places I know, it can also be the most serene with beautiful beaches stretching for miles and day spas on every corner! Basically if you haven't been to byron, you need to go!

There are so many things I am going to miss! Especially the social life! We have a huge tight knit circle forged by many people all away from home so therefore we became one huge family. There through the good and the bad. No one even held it against me when I served up the turkey at 23.30 on Christmas Day last year! Whilst a lot of our social life revolved around the incredible restaurant scene, my favourites were the house parties - always noises always messy and always fun - sorry neighbours! Another favourite was the beachy sunday sessions - live music and nachos after a morning spent at the hippy markets. Lisa hunt was a real favourite - wow that woman can sing! Then there are the festivals. Byron is like Australia's answer to Glastonbury with 2 huge festivals every year! Most recently it was the blues festival last weekend with the likes of Status Quo keeping us damning all night! Monday was Megs birthday so we kick started the festival with a champagne breakfast! Sadly I had to say goodbye to Megs that day as she was Sydney bound with her parents.

A big shout out must go out to the staff at lismore base ! I have loved working there and have learnt so much although I do feel like its time for a change - ED can feel like a conveyor belt! The staff have been so supportive and friendly. I was genuinely by sad to leave on Friday morning!

Anyway enough reminiscing, I have a flight to catch! X
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Anne Scott on

Such a heart felt entry. I am sure you too will be missed by everyone in Byron. Your a very lucky girl to have so many true friends in as many places around the world. Keep the blogs coming

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