For quite a while I have known that we were going to leave Melbourne. Up until the very last week though, it didn’t hit me that I was actually going to be parting ways with this beautiful city. After living in Australia for 3,5 years, this country – and especially Melbourne- has grown on me.
Nevertheless, it was time to leave. Time to pack up all my possessions once again.
I could write at least five pages about the people that bought our stuff off Gumtree. People that tried and bargain five dollar items, people asking tons of questions but not buying, and a person phoning me to ask if our vacuum cleaner ‘sucked’ properly.
Our last day, a guy travelled 20 kilometres to our house, to pick up an iron. He stayed in and talked to me for about fifteen minutes, while pointing at everything to ask whether we perhaps were getting rid of that too, for free.
I don’t think I have to explain I was quite relieved when the house was finally empty.
After selling and donating most of our stuff, the rest had to be squeezed into the small rental car, and we handed in the keys to our apartment.
It took us two days to drive up to The Central Coast. We stayed the night in Albury, a small town just over the border of NSW. More sleep deprived than ever, we went to one of the nearby parks for a stroll. It had a lovely river streaming through, and only afterwards I found out this was The Murray River. Its edges define the border between New South Wales and Victoria.
The drive was about 1000 kilometres in total, and Victorian Autumn struck with pouring rain. I was very happy with the proper traction control in the car, as the amount of water coming down caused very bad sight and slippery roads.
When we finally arrived on the coast and unpacked the car, it wasn’t over yet; we had to return the car in Sydney by 8am the next day. So up we got before the dawn of day, groggy and red-eyed, for the last part of the trip.
Now that everything is sort of taken care off, it has hit me that I have left what felt like my home. I had tears when saying goodbye to my nanny family, and I already miss them and all the moments we’ve had together.
This week I’m getting to enjoy the beautiful scenery of The Central Coast. The long stretched, U-shaped beaches, and the bridges connecting the different areas, with their stunning views. It’s autumn here, but until around 4pm it’s still warm and sunny, and the brave amongst us would go for a swim in the ocean.
It’s time for a new adventure now.
Less than a week left in Australia, before our first flight takes off. The next few months I will be enjoying the South-East Asian life, and writing all about The Philippines, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia