Sometimes, certain people enter your sheltered little world without much forewarning. The first introduction I had to Sarah was in Vancouver. We were in the lobby of the Samesun hostel, waiting to be picked up for our group tour, and she asked me to watch her suitcase while she ran upstairs. That little request of hers broke the ice for our friendship.
I often find myself in awe of how life likes to sort itself out. Is there really such a thing as a chance meeting, or does everything fall into place as it should? I know I’ve written EXTENSIVELY about the group tour I took with Moose Travel Network in 2012, and subsequently the awesome friends I’ve since gained from that trip. But, and I can assure you of this, I will never tire of talking about that wicked bunch of people. Sarah is no exception.
Despite me being the older one, I’ve come to love Sarah like an older sister. She’s become a confidant, a soother of worries, and the provider of a good chuckle whenever I need one. There’s an eleven hour time difference between us, but it never seems to matter. Sarah even offered to get me a job with her at an iron ore mine in Western Australia because she knew I needed an escape. Every few months or so, whenever something goes wrong in my life, I always end up contacting her to see if this is still an option. And like the rock of support that she is, her unwavering answer is always “yes” (or, “just tell me when to pick you up at the airport”).
Sarah particularly loves Canada and has even played with the idea of moving to British Columbia. Her trip to Canada last year was her first solo journey, and based on the conversations we’ve had since she got back home to Australia, she’s dying to return (Sarah — we’d be lucky to have you). She even picked up a very slight Canadian accent during her time here, which I felt compelled to point out anytime I heard her say something with a particularly Canuck cadence.
Davo, you filthy-mouthed, hilarious and classy broad, I have two words for you: carpet burn.
1. What countries have you visited? I live in Australia and I’ve travelled to Canada (f*ck yeah), New Zealand, Cook Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.
2. What is your favourite place to visit? Karajini National Park in the Pilbara.
3. What’s one thing you’ve learned from your travels? Don’t stress, everything has a funny way of working out. And don’t forget to just be you. Someone will always talk to you.
4. What’s one thing you must always bring with you on a trip? Papaw ointment and a camera.
5. What are the top three destinations on your travel bucket list? Alaska, Antarctica, and Africa.
6. What’s the craziest thing to have happened to you while on a trip? Rocked up to Vancouver with only three days accommodation booked and no plans for three weeks. I just winged it, met the most amazing people and saw my first American football game with three Navy boys! The next night they then took me to my first hockey game.