Being back home in Australia has been a mixed experience. It feels somewhat strange to be back – the familiar places and faces, the language, the weather – but all at once it feels like we never left. For some reason Chris and I both had this idea that we would return home and there would have been changes. Yet nothing significantly has. We were only gone 5-6 months!
Yesterday Chris and I ventured down to Wilsons Promontory – or more often known as simply ‘the Prom’ – for a bit of exploring. Neither of us had been for five years, so it was great to visit it again. I always forgot how close it is! We hiked up Mt Oberon for some spectacular views of the coastline, had a picnic lunch at Tidal River, before taking a dip down at the beach.
Despite not having seen friends and family for months, after the initial catch up it feels like we never left. We fall back into our usual ways and conversations. It is nice to feel so familiar again.
When talking to people about being away, I sometimes feel a bit lost as to where to begin. It feels a bit overwhelming to encapsulate my entire experience in Europe in a few small sentences! Chris and I were talking last night and came to the conclusion that our stories and experiences will most likely emerge in conversations later in life.
We have only been back a week, but it almost feels like we never left! However, we are busily on the flat hunt so we can move back to Melbourne and resume our life there. University starts up in two weeks, and competition for flats is fierce. So fingers crossed we find something soon so we can get ourselves organised!