Moving To The Other Side Of The World

[:en]When writing this, I’m on a flight from Byron Bay to Sydney. We’ve spend the last couple of days relaxing from packing up the love we’ve build over the last 2 years in Australia – and that wasn’t easy.

We gave up our apartment, our jobs, said goodbye to our friends and colleagues.

Reduced everything we owned to 5 moving boxes to send home, 2 backpacks, 1 surfboard and 2 (very overweight) pieces of hand luggage. It seems a lot (ok it IS a lot) but you wouldn’t believe the number of items we already sold or gave away to others. It was a challenge getting everything sorted in time.

Moving To The Other Side Of The World

It would be better for us never to stay in one place longer than 2 years, as we seem to have a habit of hoarding. 

 

Have A Break, Have A Surf

So, relaxing we needed before flying back to the other side of the world. We decided to stay a couple of days in quiet beach town Byron Bay. Of course, bringing our surfboard guaranteed us of trouble.

 

You should know that pretty much everywhere we’ve take the board so far, we were met by either serene, flat oceans, rocky stretches of sea, surf-prohibited beaches, refused on public buses, frowned upon by baggage staff at domestic airports and greeted by big ass white tipped sharks polishing their teeth as soon as we walked into the area.

Surely, something nasty was bound to happen at our last change of catching a wave before migrating into the icy cold of The Netherlands.

Bring on Cyclone Oswald.

 

What To Do During A Tropical Storm

Don’t get me wrong, Byron Bay is a great place to visit, but in the midst of a tropical storm and power outage – not so much fun.

We tried to make the most out of our stay by having candle lit dinners, taking lots of well-needed naps, extra showers and drinks in bars that we still open. We even had a shopping-in-the-dark experience. But it did made us realize how dependent we have become on electricity.

Our phones died, TV died, fridge died, even halfway through shaving Nick’s razor died. But that was funny, so it didn’t matter. No permission for a photo though, unfortunately.

Then the storm really picked up to about 140 km/h.

 

Here’s some footage of Nick dodging sea-foam on top of a dune at Belongil Beach:

 

Lesson learned:

Never give away your last rain jacket, torch, books, board games and spare towels before you’ve actually left. You might still need it.

 

Did you ever pack up your entire life to move abroad? And what would you do during a cyclone?

 

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 [:nl]When writing this, I’m on a flight from Byron Bay to Sydney. We’ve spend the last couple of days relaxing from packing up the love we’ve build over the last 2 years in Australia – and that wasn’t easy.

We gave up our apartment, our jobs, said goodbye to our friends and colleagues.

Reduced everything we owned to 5 moving boxes to send home, 2 backpacks, 1 surfboard and 2 (very overweight) pieces of hand luggage. It seems a lot (ok it IS a lot) but you wouldn’t believe the number of items we already sold or gave away to others. It was a challenge getting everything sorted in time.

Moving To The Other Side Of The World

It would be better for us never to stay in one place longer than 2 years, as we seem to have a habit of hoarding. 

 

Have A Break, Have A Surf

So, relaxing we needed before flying back to the other side of the world. We decided to stay a couple of days in quiet beach town Byron Bay. Of course, bringing our surfboard guaranteed us of trouble.

 

You should know that pretty much everywhere we’ve take the board so far, we were met by either serene, flat oceans, rocky stretches of sea, surf-prohibited beaches, refused on public buses, frowned upon by baggage staff at domestic airports and greeted by big ass white tipped sharks polishing their teeth as soon as we walked into the area.

Surely, something nasty was bound to happen at our last change of catching a wave before migrating into the icy cold of The Netherlands.

Bring on Cyclone Oswald.

 

What To Do During A Tropical Storm

Don’t get me wrong, Byron Bay is a great place to visit, but in the midst of a tropical storm and power outage – not so much fun.

We tried to make the most out of our stay by having candle lit dinners, taking lots of well-needed naps, extra showers and drinks in bars that we still open. We even had a shopping-in-the-dark experience. But it did made us realize how dependent we have become on electricity.

Our phones died, TV died, fridge died, even halfway through shaving Nick’s razor died. But that was funny, so it didn’t matter. No permission for a photo though, unfortunately.

Then the storm really picked up to about 140 km/h.

 

Here’s some footage of Nick dodging sea-foam on top of a dune at Belongil Beach:

 

Lesson learned:

Never give away your last rain jacket, torch, books, board games and spare towels before you’ve actually left. You might still need it.

 

Did you ever pack up your entire life to move abroad? And what would you do during a cyclone?

 
 

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4 Comments

  1. says: GoYvon

    I recently moved and packed up everything to move from Shenyang to Beijing. We had a lot more than expected and we only lived there for 1 year!
    We packed everything we had and had it ‘shipped’ by a company (which showed up with an e-bike to transport everything)…

    1. says: thetraveltester

      It’s crazy right, how much we gather in such a short time. I would have loved seeing him carrying your boxes on a bike, haha, must have been a bit of a shock for the both of you.

    1. says: thetraveltester

      Thanks Patti, That’s so much fun! I’ll respond to it asap, as I’m on my way to a ski trip right now :) Thanks for nominating me!

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