If you've somehow stumbled on this post via the Internet, first of all - hello! Second of all, I should explain that I'm currently in Western Australia, having a pretty damn good time. (Most of my "usual readers" - i.e. my wonderful friends who help me get used to the strangeness of posting things to the internet by looking at my ramblings - they already know I'm across the globe).
But before I get into the glamour shots of my first days in Perth, I want to share some thoughts about travel and photos of my last California adventure before taking off. I flew out of San Francisco, and the BF and I had some time to kill after the drive in from the Central Valley. Pacifica is an incredibly short drive south from SF, and makes for a perfect day trip. With a limited amount of time before takeoff, we made the short walk to Mori Point, then grabbed some giant fish tacos before heading out. It was pretty great.
Over the past year or two, I've been traveling much more than before. As such, I was given the wooden token above (of San Cristobal, the Patron Saint of Travelers) last year during a Christmas get-together with lifelong family friends.
I'm not particularly religious, and must admit that I didn't even fully read the carving on the back when I first received it - but something about it felt comforting, like I was carrying a piece of my home life with me wherever I went. I've been carrying it with me ever since.
I snapped the shot above last week looking south from Mori Point along the coast in Pacifica, and since then, the token has traveled with me to Australia. For me, and for many others I think, travel has a way of clearing your head, but can also bring a variety of emotions and feelings to light, which may not have been on the surface or readily accessible during the hustle of day-to-day life. I find this to be true for adventures I've taken in the US, but the effect has been significantly amplified already in my time across the globe.
As I've been unpacking my bags and my thoughts here in Perth, I stumbled across the token in my jacket pocket. Upon finally reading the back carving, I found a portion about travel that resonates nicely with me:
"I ask that I may find benefit to my body and soul, and that I may return home to find that all has been well in my absence."
To those of you on the road: happy travels, and may you find that your journey benefits both your body and soul. To those of you at home: be well.
Peace, Love, & Vegemite. XO, Jess