As we were preparing to leave Australia and were packing up all our stuff from the hostel we had been living at for six weeks, gathering up all the junk we had been carrying around with us for ten months, I realised something was missing. I tipped our room upside down looking for it, I forced my boyfriend to unpack and repack his bag, I searched the hostels lost property box, I asked if it had been handed in behind the bar, but nothing. It was gone. The disc holding all our Great Barrier Reef pictures was gone. We had hired an underwater camera that day, and when I received the disc two months earlier I had vowed to keep it safe until we got back to England, and yet there I stood absolutely clueless as to where it was with only 12 hours left till I had to leave. I was gutted. We never even got to see the pictures.
Then about two months ago I was going through our wardrobe – as in the wardrobe in our London flat, the flat we moved into AFTER we came back from Australia – and from a mound of clothes out fell a white disc with something scribbled on it. It was my boyfriends name along with a date. I immediately recognised it as the date we went to the reef. I couldn’t believe it. My jaw literally dropped. After thinking I had lost those memories, to find them again was amazing. How it hid from us, came all the home with us with us, and secretly moved in with us, I don’t know. I was just so happy to have found it.
Since then I’ve been meaning to sort through the 200+ pictures, and this weekend I finally did. It was wonderful to relive the experience. I got tingles watching the video clips as I remembered just how excited we were on the boat on the way out to the reef. That day felt like a real achievement for us – to be swimming with Australian sharks and little Nemo’s and little Dory’s in the Pacific Ocean, knowing that ourselves and our hard work and hard saving had got us all the way from office jobs in London to swimming on the Great Barrier Reef. It was such an incredible day.
I was gutted I didn’t get the sharks on video, but I did get a picture of one. I haven’t posted all 200+ pictures, thats far too many for one post, so I’ve posted my faves below. And scroll down to see my Great Barrier Reef Vlog too…