Well, well, from sun, sand and sweat to snow, sneezing and Subaru... I'm back again and clearly I managed to n o t stumble into the waves and straight on to a box jellyfish or a nosy sea snake. Australia was, as it always is, wonderful. But I never was able to get the feeling of being 'settled' and prepared to stay there for 6 months to a year. And when Christmas was approaching, I really started to ache inside with all the missing I was doing for all my loved ones back home. So I decided it was time to go home again for now and not miss the holidays with my family. It was a nightmare of a trip back home because of all the snow that had just been hitting Europe hard.
Plus I had a embarrassing amount of carry-on luggage with me. And I had to go through check-in and security screening at 5 airports! Surely at some point, I would get caught by someone having a bad day and a keen eye.. To disguise to the people on the check-in counter how much I was really packing in my shoulder-bag, 'man-bag' and backpack, I tried my best to have a spring in my step and a great, friendly mood to distract them. Anything more and I'd walk up to the counter with jazz-hands. Meanwhile, beads of sweat was running down my back and the seams in my bags was starting to get as frayed as my nerves.
But eventually I got home safely with all my luggage intact, and I don't have any regrets about going home sooner then planned. I'm definitely going back again. Just have to start working again to save up more cash and of course have some more great times with my friends and family that made me cut the whole thing short ;-)