I’m sorry but when I think of leaving Melbourne, all that comes to my mind is this:

 

So yes, my dear Melbourne, this is the end. I could stay here forever, but I’m not allowed to work, so, I have to end this some day. And the day will be next week.

I’ve been checking my bank account again (lately is the only thing I do!!) and the facts are:

– With the same money that I would spend travelling a week in Australia, I can be in the south east of Asia for a month.

– I’d rather visit Indonesia and Thailand than the coast of Australia mainly because I can stay there longer. And hey, Indonesia has to be pretty awesome!

So as a conclusion, I’ll fly next week to Sydney and stay there for a week. After that, I’ll take my flight to Singapore and fly from there to Indonesia first and then visit probably Malaysia for another two weeks. After all of this, I’ll be damn poor and I’ll fly back to Spain (around the 20 – 23rd of August) where I’m sure my mum will feed me. hahahaha!

I feel really sad to definitely realize that I’ll have to go back to Spain two months before planned, and is also really sad not being able to afford travelling through Australia. But on the other hand, Indonesia! Malaysia!

I still don’t dare buying my ticket to Sydney. I just cry when I think of it!

My dear Melbourne. I’m soooo coming back here!

All I do lately is thinking about the last 8 months travelling and how amazing it has been. So well, I’ll have to shorten the trip, but at least I had the chance to travel. Isn’t it? When I left I said that I would be back when I run out of money, and it’s exactly what I’ll do.

Nobody said the trip was going to be easy. Nobody said that we had to follow our schedule day by day. So, the time has come. Change of plans.

After checking my bank account and realizing that flying through Australia is WAY more expensive than expected, I have to shorten my trip. First I thought of coming back in September instead of the end of October, this way I would have more money to travel a bit through Australia. But I think I’ll need to have at least something when I get back to Spain, money to survive a month while I look for the shittiest job ever.

So, dear all, I’m coming back in August. I still don’t know the exact day, because I’m not sure if going back to Barcelona or going back to Madrid and staying definitely there. But I’m coming back in August.

As Marina and I are independent adults, we are going to travel separate. Well, she’ll travel more and I’ll stay in Melbourne three more weeks trying to decide which two spots of Australia I can’t miss. Yes, only two. Considering the price of flights here and the huge distances, believe me, two spots is a lot.

After 7 months and a half together, it’ll be really hard to separate from her. But I also know that we both need it. 7 months being 24 hours together, even sleeping in the same bed hasn’t been easy. In order to save our friendship and our own minds, I think we both need some time apart.

Ok, I’m writing this and I’m still not crying. I am a grown adult. I can do it. Well, I can’t do anything else! Australia is actually that expensive and I am actually running out of money. No matter how bad I feel about this, no money will appear in my bank account.

August in Spain.

Does anyone know of any job that I can do in Madrid? 🙂

Vaccinations done, paperwork for the NZ visa sent, ESTA for entering the USA done, sneakers bought. Now, what? Now for me it’s the most difficult part: I have to organize my music and my books. Of course I know I shouldn’t bring any book, but… will it be so bad to bring one? Just one! My top three right now is:

– The Odyssey from Homer

– The Illiad from Homer

– Fictions from Borges

As I can’t decide, on the meantime I organize travelling playlists. So, here you have my top 5 for our trip. Don’t you feel like travelling?

#5 Devo – Gut feeling

#4 Split Enz – I got you

(more…)

All the people who know me will understand how hard it is for me to buy sneakers. I hate those shoes. They are the most ugly thing on earth. But I had to do it. In New Zealand we’ll go for long walks, we’ll try to work in farms. So… well… I had to do it. I’m sorry dear closet.

How am I supposed to match this horrible shoes with my clothing?

But hey, this is just the start. Not only I’ll have to wear this shoes but also a backpack. ME! Me with a backpack! What the hell is going on? Am I becoming some sort of hippie? Oh God! Why?!

So, as it seems that we are becoming hippies for a year, Ina (formerly known as Mo in this blog, long story, just keep in mind the name Ina)  and I decided to buy the whole pack: flashlight, raincoat, summer sleeping bag, trip towels and a safe lock. Thank God it wasn’t that expensive, just 85 euros everything. Ok, I don’t want to think about it, for that price I’d have a Bettie Page dress.

And that’s it. Enough. I’m going to bring my pin-up dresses to the trip, and my red lipsticks, and some head-pieces. I don’t care what people say! We’re going to a civilized country! I still can be myself there! You can start to get ready for pictures of me dressed as a perfect pin-up but with sneakers. I tried to convince Ina to cut all our pictures in our ankles, but she started laughing, I guess you all will just see it.

So, in spite of what most people say, the backpack is not going to be our main luggage. We are going to bring a suitcase instead. The backpack will be for the planes, for couple of days trips and to carry our computers and electronic equipment. But all our clothing will be safely stored in a regular wheeled suitcase. Safer for my back, safer for my dignity. For that purpose I have my perfect suitcase, one in which I can put up to 20 kilograms, no more, so I won’t have to pay for extra weight in any flight. Measurements? 60 x 40 x 20.

Now I just have to find out how to fit all that I need in a year in this tiny suitcase. 20 kilograms for a whole year. God help me, this won’t be easy.

Today we’ve just transfered the money to the travel agency, so after two weeks changing the dates, the stops and everything, I belive we have our flight itinerary. So, dear all, this is what Mo and I will do for a whole year:

– 8 November: New York

– 21 November: Los Angeles

– 28 November: Rarotonga

– 15 December: New Zealand

– 20 April: Australia

And then arround November next year we’ll end our trip with some days in Singapore. And then… coming back to Spain. Or maybe not. As The Beach Boys always said, God Only Knows!

Finally all the paperwork has started. We have been the last two weeks looking for flights, gathering visa information again and getting more and more excited about our trip.

One of our biggest sources of information was our friend Robert. He is doing a round the world trip starting in September. So, thanks to him we discovered the best way to buy our tickets. Let me introduce you the best travel agency we have found so far: http://www.roundtheworldflights.com/. Finding this website has changed it all.

We started in February thinking about New Zealand for a whole year. Then we thought that it was too much time there, so we changed our minds to 6 months in New Zealand and 6 months in Australia. Since then we have been re-scheduling the timing in both countries almost every time that we saw each other. But this travel agency has changed it all. We found out that is way much cheaper if we book a round the world trip.

So, guys, Mo and I are travelling arround the world. We are currently working on the exact route, however we already know that it will include: New Zealand, Australia, Cook Islands, some point of Asia (hard decision between Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, Bangkok and Mumbai) and some point of USA (depending on the point of Asia we’ll stop in LA or NYC.

Besides that, other things that we have done are:

– doing our passports

– finding a bank with the lowest commission rate when taking money from a cash dispenser: in Spain the best option is Caixanova because there is no commission basis at all!

Everything starts to shape. And maybe that’s a spanish expression, but I guess you’ll know what I mean.