Week 7: Transitions

This week has been full of changes and adjusting to new circumstances. We said goodbye to Sanctuary and traveled up north to a town called Cairns (party!!). Three days was enough. Also, getting to know one another in a new environment can be challenging. Suddenly, you are out of the routine and familiarity of where you originally met and you get to learn a whole new side of the other person. Judit learned that when I go too long without food, I start to shut down. Can I get an amen from my former roommates and family?? There always seems to be this conversation that happens a few weeks into living with someone that goes something like…

Roommate: you really can’t function without food.

Me: (laughing) this is so true.

Roommate: I mean I get hungry, but you get this look on your face and I can tell you aren’t there and its like you are a different person.

Me: I know, I’m so sorry! I try not to let myself get too hungry.

Roommate: And then once you eat its like, click, welcome back.

** it is not unusual for people to greet me as if I have been gone after I’ve been without food for too long #hangry **

I would like to take this moment to offer my gratitude to all the humans out there who have discovered this about me and don’t hate me as result, but offer me a snack in between meals. Blessings to each one of you.

Judit and I went on another snorkeling tour to the Great Barrier Reef and it was 10x better than the first one – except the food, it sucked. We had sunshine and blue water, lots of cool fish, rays, and turtles. No one got sick and we had stinger suits so the jellyfish weren’t hurting us. I painted my nails and wore a new swimsuit which added to the experience in a way that’s hard to explain, but it made swimming around that much more delightful. The second location we snorkeled at had a sand bar that you could go on and hang out – it was awesome

After Cairns, we flew down to Brisbane and chose a hostel that had space available. It was kind of awful. It’s like when you are watching a horror film and you tell the girl arming herself with a flashlight to, “Turn around! Nothing good can come from this situation.” But she doesn’t listen and you’re like, “Idiot, I told you.” Well, we heard the scary music begin and left.

Now, after muuuuuuuuuuuch struggle we have found another place to work. We will stay in Surfer’s Paradise for a couple of days and then head further south to our next location. Bring on the gardening!

 

Cairns highlight reel: Christmas presents, lychee fruits, snorkeling, swimming in the lagoon, bubble tea, hanging out with Mathew and meeting his good friend.

Brisbane highlight reel: Botanical gardens, safe hostel, free water taxi, late night lagoon swimming, Queensland Museum & Science Center, Thai food, and new friends.