On the 28th May 2014, Justin and I boarded a plane for Hawaii. That was 3 years ago and while we recently returned to Australia, we were thrilled to have had the opportunity to explore the world and all her beauty. To help mark our anniversary of adventure, we wrote a letter to her (the world) to say thank you.
We hope this letter finds you well and in good health. We’ll be returning to Australia soon and it has forced us to reflect on our journey so far, and what a remarkable journey it has been!
You see, Justin and I are small town people. The population in East Gresford is a little under 300, Dongara is slightly larger with around 3,500 people living within the Shire (sounds a little hobbitsy doesn’t it? Shire. Hehe.) yet, somehow we find ourselves on the other side of you. Far from our homes and families. Completely outside our comfort zone. Completely vulnerable.
Starting out, we thought we knew everything about you but, we were wrong. You are much bigger outside of television, movies, and books. You are larger than life itself and you have been amazing to experience firsthand.
You’ve provided us with breathtaking landscapes, the biggest mountains we’ve ever seen, rivers, beaches and lakes of so many different colours. You’ve opened our eyes to a variety of wildlife we had only ever seen in zoos or in pictures. You have been our classroom and our teacher.
You taught us how to speak Spanish and to have patience with people of different cultures who may not do things the way we do them – no matter how backward it all might have seemed. You gave us friends of every colour, from so many of your precious corners, from so many different backgrounds and we are so grateful to have those people enriching our lives.
When we go home, we know people will ask us a hundred questions that we won’t have all the answers to. We will go back to work or study and life will continue as it always did. It’s scary and more frightening than we could have imagined but, we know that we can do it because we will always have you in our hearts and in our memories and we thank you for all of your resplendence no matter how raw or untamed it may be. You are majestic.
Thank you again. Your friends always,
Krystelle & Justin
by Krystelle Wootton
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