Sunday, September 26, 2010

Travel in style


Once upon a time, (circa 2007) I boarded a plane to leave Australia for the first time (Disneyland at 5 doesn't count!). With just the belongings I could stuff in my suitcase I travelled to Croatia to teach English - on my own. While things didn't quite work out as planned and I had to return home after injuring myself - I spent 7 months in Croatia and Serbia teaching kids and getting a whole new persepective on the world. I learnt a new language, I braved the buses in Belgrade (which is really something else), I lived in two very divided countries, I travelled daily past the still uncleared bomb sites in Belgrade, I soaked up the sunshine in Croatia, I watched as a million people arrived in Belgrade to prorest the independence of Kosovo and I saw countless memorials to young people born at the same time as me - who died fighting while I was in my final years of high school. I also experienced an incredible level of warmth and hospitality and I fell a little bit in love with a place that at times frustrated me to the point of tears.

Since leaving the Balkans, I've been home to Australia, I've lived in Florence and I now live in the UK. I'm decidely unadventurous these days and can tend to be a bit of a homebody - maybe it's because moving to the other side of the world seems like enough. However, I've finally been coaxed back to the Balkans, and this week I'm heading off to Belgrade, then travelling through Croatia to visit friends, before returning to England in 3 weeks time. (I'll try to blog when I can! :) )

I'll be taking my battered suitcase with me and I'll probably just be rushed and stressed during the initial travel bit, but I can always dream of travelling like the truly stylish!















Hope you've had a fabulous weekend! xx


10 comments:

Signe said...

Sounds like a great adventure :)
Have a nice trip and fare thee well! Oh, and that first picture is amazing <3

Life in the Country Lane said...

Have a great trip and enjoy new memories and the catch up with friends. I would love to have done these adventures. I can see you and your battered suitcase, stylish travel clothes and scarf blowing in the breeze, stopping traffic as you go!! Sorry, saw it in a movie somewhere... Look forward to hearing about your travels. Take care.
Rebecca x

laura said...

Oh sweet Mel, I feel like we have lived parallel lives.... I have travelled too, to some awful places... I ended up in Kuwait with my parents after the (first) gulf war... how I know the experiences of these bizzare places... but I do hope that you have a wonderful time with your friends... Also, I know some Croats, who are lovely, and very passionate... Please be careful honey and let us all know how you are always, it can be dangerous travelling and I will be worrying about you as no doubt all your friends and family will be too.
Travel safely ; and in style!!! that is tricky; style goes out the window after a while!!!! But safety is all important!! Looking forward to hearing about all your fun times!! Lots of love and hugs precious,
Lauraxxxx

Happy Homemaker UK | Laura said...

Have a wonderful trip! I love your story. I'm researching Beatrix Potter for an upcoming post and discovered that she lived in Cumbria too!

Laura, HappyHomemakerUK.blogspot.com

Tina said...

What an incredible experience your first time in the Balkans was Melissa! I hope you have a wonderful trip and can't wait to hear all about it. Enjoy seeing with your friends~ Tina x

Our Park Life said...

Wow, have a fabulous trip! Some great images here, i especially love the first one with Penelope Cruz...

I did the english teaching thing in South Korea, it was the scariest time of my life but looking back I would never change this experience!

Sorry i have not visited your lovely blog for so long...I have some catch up reading to do!

Miss Sew & So said...

oh you lucky gal...

i tried to comment last night but for some reason it wouldn't go through!?!?

so now...my friend...have a wonderful time- back in the place that you are still hold so dear...
what an amazing traveller you are m.k....honestly australia is soo far from anywhere and you took the bull by the horns and went right off the regularly beaten track!

travel safe...
travel with style...
& have a wonderful time with all your special friends...
lots of pickies PLEASE!!

melissa xx

dolldoll said...

hope your enjoying your travels whever you are right now:)

LouBoo said...

Hello - just founds your blog through another...lovely mix of 'you' and great images. Will stay for a while...hello! Lou x

Simone - honeyandfizz said...

Hi, I just popped by to say hello, love your blog. I think we put so much of our dreams and hopes onto our travels that is so hard for them to live up to our expectations. I would love to travel in style though with all that gorgeous luggage in the 1st pic. xx