How did that happen?

Let’s talk about how this trip Down Under came to be.  I can tell you, the Life Lesson mentioned in the previous post certainly came into play.

Some of you may remember me coming home from The Camino this past June all gungho to head back to sunny Spain for the winter.  I was going to spend 4.5 months in Málaga on the southern coast of Spain mainly in an effort to become conversant in Spanish.  With the help of Antonio’s son, I had selected one of the many Spanish Language Immersion Schools in Málaga and had registered to begin full time classes on November 21.  My Camino friend, Antonio, lives in Málaga with his family and was helping me find an apartment while I began the Visa application process.  Everything was falling into place and boy was I excited.

I don’t know how familiar you guys are with applying for Visas, but in my limited experience (Brazil and India) although administratively tedious, it is straightforward.  The Consulate’s website clearly states the documentation needed and money owed.  These items are sent to the address provided and many weeks later, passport with Visa is returned.

Not so with Spain.  Not even close.  My experience had me running all over the internet trying to get a clear answer about how and even where to apply for the necessary Visa.  Many days of this got me no closer to a reliable answer.  Eventually, it began to feel like I was pushing a boulder up a hill in the mud, so I decided to set it aside for a week or so and pick it up with fresh eyes later on.

Well, it was during this time I watched the energy seep out of this trip like a slowly deflating tire and before I knew it the tire was flat and Spain was off the table.  Oh my goodness.  I found this very interesting and more than a little disconcerting given how sure and excited I was about spending my winter in Spain learning Spanish! 

LIFE LESSON #1011:  Stay open to all things at all times and follow the energy. 

Well, I’ve learned enough in life thus far to employ this wisdom whenever I’m able, so I said goodbye to winter in Spain, but not until after trying to finagle it just a little bit more.  Ha!  It’s a sad state of affairs when I find myself efforting to push energy where it doesn’t want to go. At some point, I realized what I was doing and accepted the situation with equanimity and some adventurous curiosity about what might present itself instead. I really love and appreciate how clearly the difference can be felt between a joy full path and a joy less path…not that winter in Spain would be joyless at all…you know what I mean though, right?

What’s a gal to do now, I wondered? 

Spending last January on the island of Roatan, Honduras taught me two things:  First, I really like being warm in the winter and second, one month is not long enough to be warm in the winter. So, given this, I began poking around the globe.  I tried a few places on for fit and feel, but nothing felt right until Uluru called out to me once more.  

Uluru, renamed Ayers Rock by non-indigenous folk and is pictured above, can be found in the red desert center of Australia. It is quite the sacred site to the Aborigines as well as to many others around the world. Strange as it may sound to some, it has been calling to me off and on for a great many years.  The timing was never right however so I never made the trek, but now, with it calling again, I could begin to tell the timing was now perfect…so long as the energy didn’t change again!  Ha!  Very cool.

LIFE LESSON #1013: be like 38 Special and hold on (to everything very) loosely

It didn’t take long before a rough plan took shape.  First New Zealand and then Australia.  4.5 months south of the border, so to speak and this, ladies and gents, is how sunny, southern Spain got traded for The Land Down Under. 

Follow the Joy.  Create the Joy.  Allow the Joy.  I love it!

A nod to my Camino friend, Antonio.  We took this on our way to the Cathedral on the morning of our arrival in Santiago.  Perhaps I’ll make it to Málaga another time.  Hope so.

 

Stay tuned for The Great Down Under Itinerary coming up next.

 

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Comments:

  • Heather

    October 28, 2022

    Ayer’s rock looks incredibly beautiful. Look forward to following your journey…

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    • Margie

      October 28, 2022

      It does, doesn’t it? Thanks for following along.

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  • Sherie

    October 28, 2022

    So happy for you!

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    • Margie

      October 28, 2022

      Thanks Sherie! I’m getting pretty excited.

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  • Cassie

    October 28, 2022

    Can’t wait to see your itinerary…

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    • Margie

      October 28, 2022

      Yes! Coming up next! Do I understand there is a chance of running into you down there?

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  • Antonio

    October 28, 2022

    Que no hayas podido finalmente venir es ésta ocasión a España, seguro que ha sido porque no era el momento, pero también estoy seguro que en un futuro ese momento podrá llegar, y si eso ocurre estaré encantado de recibirte y ser tu anfitrión y guía en mi ciudad. ¡¡Disfruta de tu aventura en Australia!! Y sigue teniendo “buen Camino” por siempre.

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    • Margie

      October 28, 2022

      Antonio! I knew you would understand and I do hope to see in in Málaga one day or perhaps on another Camino? Big hugs, my friend.

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  • Rusty

    October 28, 2022

    How exciting! Look forward to following along.

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  • Janet Feinberg

    October 28, 2022

    I love to travel vicariously through you. Hope your travels to down under are wonderful in every way.

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    • Margie

      October 29, 2022

      I love having you along, Janet! Thank you for the well wishes.

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  • Gaelyn

    October 28, 2022

    Sometimes life gets in the way, in a good way. Have a wonderful adventure.

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    • Margie

      October 29, 2022

      Right? I completely agree and thank you for the well wishes!

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  • Kenyon

    October 29, 2022

    You will LOVE NZ and Australia. Be sure to spend some time in Tasmania too. 😊

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    • Margie

      October 29, 2022

      That’s what everyone says, so I imagine it’s true!

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