Nom de Plumage

October 22, 2011

The Final Countdown

Filed under: Travel Journal — nomdeplumage @ 4:51 pm

June 31st was my final day at work. Let me be honest, I was so bloody happy to be leaving. As much as I enjoyed my work and my colleagues, backpacking through Europe is so much more exciting, so leaving was very easy. My employer hosted a farewell party for me, even though I told him that I will be back. Great night!

The last two and a bit weeks passed slowly. With Mum having her operation and my final rush to organise myself and buy necessary things, it all became a blur. I collected my travel package i.e airfare, train ticket, passes and necessary documents, all neatly arranged and housed in a maroon plastic folder. Holding it in my hand was the most surreal feeling. Reality was slowly starting to kick in, but now the inevitable was coming to hand and my departure date loomed.

Finally the last day arrived. I had left my packing to the very last minute. My clothes were placed neatly upon my bed and as I stared at them, wondering how the hell I was to get them all into one large red backpack. Hearing my frustration, my brother comes to the rescue (bless him!). I watch and wonder how I can take him with me, only to pack my bags mind you, as he perfectly rolls and folds everything into the bag. Bag packed and straps adjusted, I hurl the mammoth bag onto my back and almost collapse under the weight. Twenty kilos on your bag for minutes, is a piece of cake, but for many minutes or God forbid hours, was going to test my strength, stamina and my back.

With everything now packed and placed at the front door in anticipation for my imminent departure, I knew that sleep was going to allude me. Wake up time was 4:30am. I could only try.



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