Yesterday morning, the time came for Libby and I to leave Taiji… We woke up and hastily finished all of our last minute rummaging in our bags, and soon enough- we were closing the doors of our bedrooms which were like homes to us for the past three months. We said ‘see you later’ instead of ‘goodbye’ to the hotel lady with big hugs all around- and left for the train station…
Sitting at the train station, all packed and ready to leave… it didn’t feel real. It didn’t feel like we were actually leaving, and to be honest, it still doesn’t feel as though it will be months before setting foot into Taiji again… The train ride was very slow, as the time seemed to draw out for as long as possible… however we did accidentally hop onto the wrong train just before Osaka, which left us a little wide-eyed after we realised, and spent an hour getting back on track!
The wait at the airport was the hardest wait I’ve ever endured… To draw out such an already sad goodbye between Libby and I was heartwrenching, and by the time we had to actually part- we both didn’t want to let go of our last hug!
We have spent almost every waking hour with eachother in the past three months, we’ve shared some of the biggest emotional highs and lows together- and have formed an amazing friendship because of that… I don’t think I could have endured three months of life in Taiji if it weren’t for the support and friendship that Libby gave me. She is such an amazing and inspiring person- and I have felt honoured to fight in this campaign alongside her the whole time!
Soon after we parted, I made my way to my Gate- bound for Australia… I met two really nice Aussies and chatted to them during the wait to board the plane- all about our vastly different trips in Japan… It was then time to board the plane, and after almost 9 hours and many broken sleeps… I was back home on Australian soil!
My first stop back home was the beach! I jumped in the warm water as soon as I could, and spent hours just taking everything in… it feels so incredibly strange to be back in Australia, there is a whole lot I am going to have to get used to again here- in particular the heat!
Taking today to really enjoy being home has been great… I think the relief and somewhat comfort I can take in the fact that the dolphin hunting season is over for the year has made the transition a little easier than it could have been… But being away from Taiji has just made me feel like I want to do more for the oceans, I want to be out there creating changes and making a difference!
So far, I have just under 10 schools which are interested in having me come and give a presentation to their students about my experience, and also marine conservation as a whole… I’m currently busy finishing the plans for my presentation which I will be giving- which I will definitely film and add here!
Thankyou everyone who has sent me very kind messages in the past few days! I am reading them all, and I appreciate the words from every one of you! 🙂
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