It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. The 1st several weeks felt like ages, but as trips always do, time accelerated as we settled in. I surfed a ton, we worked a little, and we were lucky enough to enjoy lots of time with friends and family. In the last week or two we begrudgingly broke out of our routine and worked through the process of selling our things or giving them away to friends. I nearly cried as I sold the 1st board I ever had a hand in shaping. It was a tear jerker to sell our campervan, “Schmelly” too, even with the love/ hate relationship we had.
We also had to sort out visas for China and Russia and set an outline for our SE Asia journey. We land in Siem Reap, Cambodia on July 18 and have to be in Hanoi, Vietnam just over a month later. The guts of the trip will be determined along the way.
On the Saturday of our final weekend in Kirra we had a long day of cleaning our apartment and packing our bags. We planned a big night out to celebrate our buddy’s birthday as well as our last weekend in Australia. We had passed on lunch and for dinner figured the liquid diet would suffice. We made some vodka drinks and made the 3 minute walk to Sam’s house. After several intense games of foosball and some solid brew drinking the bullshit was flowing. Out of the blue Nug asked me, “Are you ready to go?” Confused, I asked what she meant as it was only 10:30. We walked outside where she admitted, “I’ve had too much to drink.” I have to concede that I will have too much booze 10x to every 1x that Nug does so I was a bit surprised. It was obvious that the blue moon had arrived as I struggled to hold a 5’6” piece of human jello. “I don’t feel good,” Nug said. “Do you want to walk home?” I inquired. Her head bobbled affirmatively and on the 2nd shake a strange gurgling sound came from deep within her belly. She lurched forward and liberally glazed my shins and shoes with regurgitated vodka. I was aghast and Nug looked up at me with a crooked smile while she stammered “Yes, I want to go home.” Asia here we come.