No Place Like Home

23/01/2009

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Rejoice, for Angie has returned!

I stood on both sides of the Berlin Wall, shivered in an air raid shelter from World War II, and gasped at fireworks cascading over the Brandenburg Gate. I saw the Pergamon Altar and the Ishtar Gate and Nefertiti's bust. I visited the Eiffel Tower and the Catacombs of Paris and the Mona Lisa. I skied much too fast down snowy slopes, with my heart in my mouth and my nether regions clenched, and scraped my cheek and fell on my head and bruised my knees.

It's good to be home.

I woke up on Wednesday morning in my own bed (this is one of the things I look forward to most about coming home). As I lay there I listened to the leaves rustling in the warm breeze. It was one of the sweetest sounds I have ever heard.

I didn't have to put on three layers of clothing before going outside. My shoulders were bare and I could feel the sun on my toes. It was incredible!

I went to the shops for some milk, and paid with brightly-coloured, clean-feeling, smooth plastic notes and easy-to-recognise coins. "How's it going?" asked the boy at the checkout in an accent similar to mine.

I walked to the train station, breathed deeply in the lemon scent of eucalypts, and nearly swooned with pleasure.

Do you realise just how lucky we are?

I know it's not Monday yet but I feel like saying it a little early.

Happy Australia Day.

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Reader Comments

jaymez

25/01/2009 at 14:02

I know how you feel. Travel is great, but there's no place like Australia and my own bed!

bignanna

20/02/2009 at 10:26

Went to Holland in 1990, stayed 5 weeks, relations took me everywhere, time to leave, dropped me off at Skipol Airport, checked in, went to find the boarding lounge, walked in, felt like I was home, the Ozzie accent hit me in the face, didn't realise how much I missed home till I heard the voices of home, god it was good and yes my bed was fantastic that night slept like a baby.

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