Austria is beautiful! One of his favourite countries. We stayed with one of his friends that he met a few years ago on Uni exchange. I think it was a breath of fresh air for him, being able to socialise with someone other than just me. I also felt a little of the weight lifted off my shoulders because he was able to go out and party without having to worry about me. It was a great couple of days and I feel it boosted us a little more. After Vienna, we headed down to Salzburg. WOW. What an amazing little city, it was picture perfect. It was one of my parents favourite cities they visited many years ago. I remember vividly one night, we decided to go out to the main square and have a few drinks. A few drinks later, I think we were having one of the best conversations we have ever had where we didn’t fight and argue, but just talked. About anything and everything, we talked about the future, family, marriage… life.
Thinking back, however, I don’t think we really came to an agreement about what we wanted, but we came to more of an understanding of what each other wanted. I understood him, and him me, we accepted what each other wanted and I guess came to a compromise that we will cross those bridges when they come, and for now, just love and support each other as much as possible. I loved him more and more every minute I spent with him.
From Salzburg we moved to Germany. We started in Munich and thought we’d try obtaining a working visa but again, it didn’t work out for a variety of reasons. One night we decided to head out and go for a walk outside of the main town centre and find somewhere to have a drink. We stumbled across a guy who welcomed us into his ‘local’ pub, it was literally the size of my bedroom at home.
We met a few people that night, one in particular who had traveled to Sydney on a number of occasions, he spoke perfect English and insisted we stay at his house the next night. I was ever so hesitant to do this, but we decided to go ahead and do it. Upon arrival he had breakfast waiting for us! It was a gorgeous little apartment. Later that day, he took us around the whole city, showed us a lot of touristy spots and a few little hidden local gems. I couldn’t believe the lengths he went to to show us around! It was nothing like I had ever experienced before. That night, we cooked him dinner to say thank you and we all enjoyed a night in on his balcony just chatting about anything and everything.
From Munich we moved to Stuttgart to meet another one of his friends. We were welcomed with open arms and stayed with him and his family in their home. Someone his friend knew was having a birthday party in a national park which I was hesitant to attend, but did so anyway. I cannot describe how badly I didn’t want to go. But with a smile on my face, I knew he wanted to go and I wanted to show him that I was stepping out of my comfort zone. That night, we were unable to go back to our friends house because it was a bit of a drive, so we ended up staying on the balcony of a ‘friend of a friends’ house. Yep, thats right, on a BALCONY on an old lounge, in the cold on a sleeping bag. I couldn’t get to sleep, I was uncomfortable, freezing, hungry and just wanted to be at home with my family.
The view I woke up to the next morning made up for the shitty, cold, sleepless night. We were smack bang in the middle of a valley and as I peered over the balcony BAM the most beautiful mountains I have ever seen. Ahhhhmazing. I almost felt like I had accomplished something that night, something I never thought I’d ever be able to do. Step WAY out of my comfort zone. This, to me, as silly as it sounds, was a massive accomplishment.
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