Hi everyone I’m delighted to share with you an exclusive sneak peak into the fourth travel story from the new travel memoir.
The book itself is a collection of travel stories including adventures, misadventures and poignant moments that have shaped my nomadic life. However I didn’t just want to write about just the events so the book takes you on a journey through a somewhat tangled mind and shows what I was going through at the specific times, how people have influenced my life, my thought processes and how I turned from naïve newbie backpacker to experienced nomad.
Every travel memoir excerpt will be released leading up to the launch which as of speaking will be May 2022.
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Great barrier reef highs & lows overview
Just a few days ago Amit experienced the greatest natural high of his life but what goes up must come down – with a huge thud! His bad news from Sydney was eating away at him but that wasn’t all – a fear needed to be conquered!
the Great barrier reef
It was as if there were two lives, running parallel with each other. One side provided the amazing once in a lifetime experience’s, incredible wanders, feelings, witnessing and living through phenomenal discovery. The other side was a strew of endless bad luck.
Physically there was nothing I could do and mentally it was eating me up. With the help of my friends thoughts would momentarily disappear but return like a led balloon. How can life be so amazing and awful at the same time. On this trip there were so many soaring highs, just to be dropped and crash back to earth.
The boat rocked a little spilling the remaining coffee into the sea. My free hand clutched the metal rail, which was all the protection there was from falling overboard from up here. And with my luck that wasn’t as farfetched as it seemed.
Swimming in my thoughts
As the boat settled back to just softly bobbing side to side and before thoughts could start spinning in a circle once again Toms voice sprang up from behind.
‘Geezer, here you are. Not seen you all morning thought we lost you. What are you doing back here?”
“Nothing mate, just taking in the view. What’s up?”
“Lies! You’re all in your feelings aren’t you? What happened to the guy from the other day, Mr I’m not going to think about it anymore. Look where you are. Did you ever think in your life you would floating around on the Great barrier reef?”
“Yeah I know. It just keeps coming back.”
“Because you’re letting it. I swear sometimes It’s like you enjoy feeling like crap. Come on, there are some Islands that only appear at certain times of the day. We’re heading out to them. Let’s go, no more feeling sorry for yourself.”
Finally I detached from the rails, turning to see just his bright red face matching his red cap from the ladder he was standing on.
“Seriously mate you need to get some shade; you’re going to burn your face off.”
“I’ll get shade when you stop feeling sorry for yourself.” He laughed back disappearing from sight.
In the middle of the great barrier reef
My thoughts were left behind on the back deck joining back up with the other two and the number of strange faces and voices who were also on the boat. This wasn’t a party boat like we opted for on the Whitsundays. Everybody on this one was here to dive, snorkel and experience the majestic Great Barrier reef sober.
Although there were a few drinks shared last night, and while I wasn’t in the mood to socialise with others, my friends had made new acquaintances.
Everybody lined up towards the back of the boat, getting into rubber dinghy’s In groups of six, three dinghy had been prepared. The two girls instantly started to snap away at nothing but ocean.
Although the giant ball of fire was still high in the sky, at sea level it was blustery enough for my hood to slide on without any assistant, but I was the only one in a hoodie. Everybody else was in their swimwear.
walking on water
One of the crew members stopped the motor with everybody looking around while bobbing up and down to motion of the soft waves wandering where the Islands were, there was no sight of them.
‘Was this a trick, are we about to be thrown into the middle of the Great barrier reef as shark food. Where is this island?’
‘Why? Why even think that?’
‘Just saying, It’s like a scene of a gangster movie, taken out get murdered, and dropped in the ocean as shark food.’
All of a sudden a collective gasp rose, a small golden mound of sand peaked from the ocean to reveal itself. It wasn’t even big enough for one person to stand on, and the dinghy was quite far away. But it kept growing, revealing more sandy mass.
“That’s pretty fucking cool”- I nodded in appreciation.
“Yeah, pretty gnarly hey? The Reef is full of magic like this.” Gleamed the crew member.
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The cloud lifts
The cloud was gone, all the thoughts cleared while marvelling at the sight of the island growing bigger by the second. The crew member explained it was due to the time of day and the sun. When the sea levels dropped lots of these little sound Islands revealed themselves.
Once the all clear was given everybody jumped off the dinghy’s into the clearest water imaginable. My feet planted in the wet sand. The water was only knee high but instantly a welp flew out of my mouth. It was like standing in a bucket of ice. They all laughed as I tried to high tale onto the sandy mound but once the initial bolts of shivers ran through it felt quite pleasant.
My feet stopped running, every grain of sand could be felt rolling and tickling the soul of my feet like a soft grainy massage while moulding around them. Clumps of sand stuck to my feet finally getting out the water and onto the dry mound. Although it had just risen from the ocean the sand was already dry.
In what world
My friends were all busy taking countless pictures. Since a rave in the middle of the sand dunes back in Mildura I was camera-less. Turns out, using a large plastic container lid as a sledge is not a good idea. That night I lost a phone and a camera along with a wallet and a little dignity.
“Fucking hell, Amit’s actually smiling. Not seen that since you landed back on earth from jumping out a plane.” Tom laughed.
“Are you kidding me how could I not be smiling? Look at this, we’re standing I the middle of the freaking Great Barrier reef. Like fucking literally standing in the middle of the ocean.”
In what world would a guy, who had repeatedly been told there was no hope in life, and he wouldn’t succeed at anything be standing on a mound of sand in the middle of the Great barrier reef while somebody was trying to steal his identity. My life was ridiculous.
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