This event has highlighted a universal truth, that it is physically impossible to take a good passport photo!
Although part of the route of our trip was predetermined by Busabout’s fixed North and South Loop, we still had some planning to do as we land in Frankfurt to attend ‘IFFA’ (the worlds largest meat conference for those in the industry), then to independently discover the Greek islands and Spain before somehow making our way to an “off the beaten track” region of southern France to be with my family by May 31st. After attempting to navigate train sites in foreign languages and comparing different airfares and routes I came across the site ‘Rome2Rio‘ which made this process much simpler.
Basically, it’s a god send. It does all the hard work for you. Just type in two destinations and it will give you options to get there via land, air and sea with precise directions, links to train schedules, flight times, transport prices and more… Itinerary – sorted!
For the next year or so, this blog will be home to all the tales of my European gap year. I am undertaking this adventure in typical Australian teenager fashion, by backpacking around exotic european destinations with friends, in hope of moments of serendipity, hilarity and happiness.
It is really a celebration of the fact we have survived one of the most mentally strenuous years of our lives, throwing off all the pressure from the year before as we are ignited with a sense of wanderlust. Essentially, we escape our lives here to get lost somewhere overseas in the hope of finding ourselves, our true selves.
After an anxious few weeks of waiting, I finally received my final year 12 results early this morning. For those who are not blessed with Australian heritage students who have completed year 12 across the country receive a score out of 99.95, which can be used to gain entry to tertiary education. These assigned numerals ensure us access into the courses of our choice at university or TAFE, and essentially play a significantly greater role than any numeral should in deciding the path of an individual’s life. Personally, I do not believe that each person’s score reflects their true potential in the future, as people can miss out on their desired course by 0.05! Regardless of this, I was pleasantly surprised with my ATAR, being just one point off a perfect score! As such, I have been glowing all day, satisfied that when I return from my gap year trip in 2014 my score will allow me access into any course that happens to take my fancy 🙂
Also contributing to my elated feelings is the fact that months after having booked my flight to Europe, myself and my travel buddy, Vanessa, officially booked our trip with ‘Busabout’. We will be tackling the North and South loops around Europe on this ‘hop-on-hop-off’ coach service, before exploring the UK, and hopefully visiting family and friends along the way .
I will endeavour to share our escapades on the other side of the world by journaling them here for my loved ones, as well as anyone else interested in reading in hope you can share in my moments of serendipity, as well as the low lights of my adventures. For now I am happily enjoying this vorfreude*, that comes with dreaming about the trip of a life time.
*Vorfreude (noun) – The joyful, intense anticipation that comes from imagining future pleasures.
Gap Yeah! xx