Have I got everything? I checked and re-checked my luggage having managed to squeeze my belongings into my slightly too large rucksack.  This was not going to be just some short trip or even a long holiday. I was heading for the possibility of a new start in Australia passing through South East Asia along the way. I had to make sure I had everything I needed.

With the clothes I would probably be wearing for the next week, my slightly too large, a little too heavy rucksack and my satchel at my side, this was it, I was finally on my way.  I took the 20 minute walk through Hackney to the nearest tube station so I could soak up my surroundings, this would be the last I see of London and the last time I would see England for god knows how long.  My mind fixated on what may lay ahead and of what I am leaving behind.  I am moving forward into a new era of my life, the unknown ahead of me invoking excitement and adventure and at the same time a bit of unease and not without a sense of fear, but travel I must and I’m looking forward to what this adventure has to throw at me.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain