In case you hadn’t figured it out yet, I am home from my 3 1/2 month research trip to Australia! All up, I visited nine different cities – Armidale, Brisbane, Sydney, Newcastle, Canberra, Wagga Wagga, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth. Brisbane wins the award for most surprisingly beautiful city; Melbourne, the city I most wish i’d had more time to explore; Adelaide, the city most visually similar to Wellington; and Canberra, the city that would be best improved by a meteor strike (no offence to my lovely friends in Canberra – I just dislike your city!). But, I have to say, I enjoyed Sydney the most.
However, as much as I enjoyed the research, it is so indescribably wonderful to be home. Being away from Helen was like losing a part of myself – no amount of skyping or emailing can take the place of a warm hug. I missed my cat, Sooty; I missed my house, and all my things; I missed my office at Victoria University of Wellington; in short, I missed home, and all its connotations.