Our 2 weeks back home are over now. It’s been a long 2 weeks but it has been nice spending time with our family and friends even though we didn’t get to see everyone we would have liked to.
It was different being back home. We saw things differently. We saw Melbourne through tourists eyes. There is so much to do here. The NGV is a must see when they have some of their amazing exhibits. Bourke Street Mall is a great place to shop or just to sit down and chill out while listening to one of the many buskers you can find there. China Town is great for a cheap meal and the quick trip out to St Kilda will give you a place to hang out and meet fellow travellers. Of course most people wouldn’t ever really think of heading out to the suburbs unless there was a specific thing they were going for but I would recommend people making the trip out if they could. The beaches are cleaner and quieter, some suburbs are so multicultural that you feel as if you have travelled to a different country. Our trains in Melbourne I will admit are confusing and not as straight forward as you will find in many other places around the world but if you can get out of the hustle and bustle of Melbourne you will experience a completely different atmosphere.
I don’t know about Mark but I also saw our family and friends differently. I tried to really focus on what they were saying and how they were acting. We’ve been out to dinner a lot this past week and on numerous occasions I tried to just stop and pay attention to what was going on around me. I watched a group of our friends walk towards their cars joking around with each other and laughing and I knew that I wouldn’t just miss them but I would miss how I feel around them – happy, young and carefree. I did the same when my family went out to dinner. Everyone was talking and eating and I knew that I would of course miss them but also miss how they make me feel – safe and loved.
I’m looking forward to the next year though. I can’t even begin to imagine what is in store for us but I know it will be worthwhile!
All our love,
The Places We