Banana life

As I’ve been reminded a fair few times by several different people, I haven’t blogged in a while. Yes, I’m fully aware of this and my reason for not doing so? I have no reason. Although, on the upside I have finally started to write up my diary! I figured it was about time to put all my traveling notes together and create the diary I always planned to write. It’s a work in progress, both because it takes a while to write but also because I’m still travelling so I guess until I decide enough is enough and I head home, I’ve got to stick at it though. The only down side to writing the diary is that I forget to blog. I write everything down in that, forgetting that it doesn’t actually get posted! So, here’s an update on my travels, or lack of travels actually.

As I was before, I’m still and will be in Tully for the foreseeable future… Wahoo (not!) Don’t get me wrong I’ve loved my time here, I mean I’ve been here for nearly four months now, but it really is true, it’s the people that make the place. Tully really doesn’t have much to offer, it’s a tiny town in the middle of no where surrounded by bananas, but it’s home. Until two weeks ago or so, I was surrounded by the most incredible people I think I’ve ever met, all from different parts of the world and I couldn’t have wished for a better experience. But as expected, we all have to go our separate ways eventually and unfortunately they’ve now all moved on. My time in Tully really isn’t the same now that they’ve left, they really made it home. They were my family here and without them, I feel lost. But I guess that’s part of the travelling experience. We all move on with our lives but all change slightly because of the people we’ve met along the way. I’ve got so many memories to cherish from the past four months, friendships I will never forget, and hopefully never lose. The world really isn’t all that big, I mean you can fly to the other side in a day, so there really is no excuse in not seeing people if you really want it to happen.

So, with everyone gone from the hostel I decided it was about time I moved out too. Not out of Tully (not just yet anyway) but just out of the hostel and into a share house. It really does make all the difference. It’s nice to have space, a place to call home and a normal living situation. I live with three guys and two girls, and as soon as I moved in, I felt like I had turned into a house wife over night, but I’m not complaining. They’re a great group of people and I’m happy where I am – it’s by far better than the hostel! I’m done with bunkbeds for a little while at least!

Other than moving out of the hostel, over the past few weeks I’ve been mostly working. Getting up at 5:25am every day, getting the coach to work at 6:00am, sorting and packing bananas whilst literally going crazy with my own thoughts, then heading back home every day for around 5:00pm, ready to cook, showers and then bed by 8pm… That’s right, I’m 22 years old, travelling and asleep every night by 8pm. It’s so weird just how quickly you fit back into a routine but it’s nice to have a purpose to wake up each day, although that alarm is never welcomed. The more I work, the more I like it. Don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t do it for the rest of my life, but it is definitely getting easier and it’s nice to see my hard work paying off. Apart from the backache and crazy thoughts, it really isn’t that bad but maybe that’s the bananas talking. There are many a days where all I want to do is cry, like why am I even here, but then I realise that I’d be crying over a banana, end up laughing at myself and suddenly it all becomes so much easier.

In the mean time, I’ll probably end up doing the same thing for the next 9 weeks, now that’s a depressing thought. I’m ready to move on from Tully, but in order to do that I need money. I can’t wait for the day I leave, when I can see the rest of Australia before heading off to Asia, but all good things come to those who wait. This hard work and determination will pay off eventually, I’ve just got to keep reminding myself just why I’m here and just what incredible adventures are ahead of me. In the mean time, I’ve got a lot more bananas to sort!

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