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1. Posted by mandylou4u (Budding Member 73 posts) 10y

Having a really bad time at moment and going to oz in 3 weeks for 3 months on my own. Can anyone help cheer me up as feel very crap? Im open to suggestions!

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Come on over and play in Off Topic - that should cheer you up! If nothing else, it'll definitely keep you occupied for awhile!

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

There will soon be lots and lots of Australian boys begging to cheer u up.

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4893 posts) 10y

I was down under for nearly two years. Every so often things got lonely, and I started questioning what I was doing there - and then I'd have some absolutely amazing experience, and I'd remember.
I recall this time in the Blue Mountains. I'd climbed the stairs down to the valley floor and walked around there for an hour or two, and was just heading back up again. About halfway there. Feeling kinda in a funk, because despite it being generally pretty, it just didn't feel quite as good as I'd expected. I'd come from New Zealand just two weeks before, and that country I knew in an out - but Australia...? All the brands in the supermarket were different again, and I had to start going through them to find the decent ones. There were some people to hang out with in Sydney, but I'd left that behind, and... basically I was feeling very "meh".
So I took a break from climbing the stairs and sat there on a bench, and I noticed some white dots flying back and forth at the other side of the valley. And not just "some" white dots, but swarms of them. The sun had sunk behind the ridge line far above me already, so I was in shadow, but these white dots were still catching the rays of the sun, and were absolutely vibrant. I took my camera out and put on my zoom lens, knowing I'd never manage to get any decent pictures at all (they were very far away), but wanting to give it a try anyway. And after sitting there like that for half an hour, I heard a screech from right above me, and saw this big cockatoo launching itself away and heading toward the other white dots across the valley. He'd been sitting there the entire time, and I'd never noticed him! But before I could curse myself overly much for being so unobservant, half the swarm from the other side came heading this way. Dozens upon dozens of cockatoos - gorgeously graceful pure white cockatoos, complete with beautiful yellow crests - landing on branches and trees all around me, doing their silly parroty things (we have a parrot at home, so I recognized many of their silly mannerisms), and being absolutely free. And they were just there, right in front of me!
It was so absolutely amazing, it cleared the funk right away.

A couple of days later I was back in Sydney for a day or two before heading on, and just in the middle of the city, a cockatoo soared right overhead, and my heart went right with it, as it did every other time I saw cockatoos flying.
Later I learned that in Australia these things are often considered pests, and in Canberra there were flocks of them sitting in the grass of the suburbs, but right then and there the sight of such a beautiful animal (which before I'd only ever seen in captivity) just happily soaring above the city... Made me all happy.

And seeing these cockatoos is a very ordinary experience. There's much stranger and more beautiful sights and experiences awaiting you there. *smiles*
Don't you worry: feeling apprehensive at times about such an adventure is perfectly natural - but you'll absolutely love being in Australia!

[ Edit: Edited at Sep 5, 2006 6:38 AM by Sander ]

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4893 posts) 10y

Oh, and what also might really work to help cheer you up:
spend some time looking through these. :)

6. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 10y

Your going to Oz in 3 weeks and you need cheering up?

Isnt that a good enough reason to be happy that you only have 3 weeks till you go when you could be stuck in a dead end job working for some pain in the butt boss.

Not that ive worked for the last 2 years as i myself have been too busy travelling,oh its a hard life

7. Posted by Taffski (Travel Guru 182 posts) 10y

Blinkin heck Sander....
That cheered me up and I didn't think I was down :)

Everyone has their own reasons for feeling like you do at certain times in their lives. You're not the only one!
Everyone on this board (I'm sure) is aprehensive, nervous, lonely or just (to quote another thread) "Bricking it" at some time or another... Even those hard-core travellers that would have you believe otherwise :)
The fear of the unknown is perhaps the scariest emotion we have. Basically because.. well... it's unknown!
New places, new people, new experiences combined with having to leave friends, family and loved one's combined with all the stresses of the thousands of "What if?" questions you have flying around in your mind every night when you go to bed and "try" to sleep doesn't really help!

No-one in the world has, or will ever have, the same journey as you're about to embark on!
You're unique, and as such, so will be your journey!
The Friends you make, the places you visit, the things your see will all be personal to you and no-one else!
Companions and friends will come and go, and should you want, you can share some or most of your journey with them.
It's all about self-discovery and those that choose to move outside of their comfort zones are inexorably rewarded.
No-one will ever be able to take these things away from you. Instead, you'll be able to share them with others.:)

Think of it as that you're starting school in three weeks.
You've got new shoes, a new bag and some new cloths.
No-one is there to hold your hand but if you can survive the first day, you'll never need anyone to hold your hand again ;)


8. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

You don't say why you're having a crap time right now?

But you're going to have a great time in Australia, and if you're having a crap time right now, don't worry three weeks is nothing!!

And Isa is right about Off Topic, come and play!

9. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Quoting Clarabell

You don't say why you're having a crap time right now?

But you're going to have a great time in Australia, and if you're having a crap time right now, don't worry three weeks is nothing!!

And Isa is right about Off Topic, come and play!

Thanks Clara!!! And, Clara is correct too - three weeks will fly by!! We have 3 weeks before Ireland and I know it's going to go by before I have everything packed!! So, what am I doing? Cramming for a test and playing in OT!

10. Posted by mandylou4u (Budding Member 73 posts) 10y

Hi sweet things. Firstly what is off topic?! Secondly, having man trouble really and don't need it before I go away as want to be free and enjoy it. Haven't been able to focus on it recently though, need to mentally prepare myself again. Doesn't help when two people say they are in love with you, lot's of pain for everyone and confusion, who to let down etc. So now you know!!! Will have to check out the Australian boy front to see what I'm missing though just in case.
Really appreciated the cockatoo story and your advice taffski. This really will be a unique adventure.;);)