I have been back in Melbourne for one year. That’s one whole year in one city. One whole year of living with my feet planted firmly on Australian soil. One whole year of living with more than a bag of clothes, a bag of diving gear and a temporary permit to stay.
I have not been on a plane since I returned. The closest I’ve been to the airport is passenger drop-off when I drove a friend to the airport just before Christmas. I miss the airport. I miss the anticipation of adventure, the sadness of goodbye and the bitter sweetness of return.
It’s been one year since I’ve floated in the warm tropical sea. And it’s been more than a year since I’ve slipped below its silvery surface and been held, neutrally buoyant.
It’s been more than one year since I’ve watched the sun slip behind the Andaman Sea spraying the sky shades of tangerine.
More than one year since I’ve ridden a scooter through the jungle covered hills with glimpses of the azure sea.
It’s been a year of stillness. A year where my external landscape has remained the same but a year where everything has changed; a year of tears and love and healing.
A year surrounded by friends.
A year with my blessed and beloved family.
A year in which I have drafted my book.
A year in which I have returned to fitness and health.
A year in which I have discovered part of my tribe.
A year in which I have reluctantly returned to what I know so it can be the foundation of great change.
There is so much to cherish here yet so much I miss; those sunsets, the sea and the simplicity of being.
|The creature that that got me addicted to diving, Green Turtle|
|Me at the very pretty Shark Point, Phuket, Thailand|
|Dopey, my first favourite street dog|
|Amazing sunset from After Beach Bar, Kata Noi|
|Sunset from Trattoria Buongustaio, Naiharn, Phuket|
|Amazing clouds, Naiharn Beach, Phuket|
|Another of my sweet beach dogs, Naiharn|
|Koh Doc Mai, Phuket|
|Returning to Chalong after an amazing day diving|
|Bubble Rings by Pae|
|Full moon over Chalong Pier|
|Whale Shark # 2, Palong Bay, Koh Phi Phi|