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If history repeats itself, I’m in trouble.
There seems to be an ongoing trend that if I buy a guitar because I think I’m going be living somewhere for a while, I actually end up leaving sooner than I may have intended.
Case #1: Kyrgyzstan
I had fallen in love with Kyrgyzstan and really wanted to continue learning Russian there for a longer term than originally thought. So, I bought a guitar – a red one – and used it to play in my room when I was feeling a little stressed.
Somewhere along the way, it all snapped; I snapped. I believe it was the 110 degree heat and no air conditioning that threw me over the edge. At that point, I grabbed a flight home to recover from my fatigue, leaving the guitar behind with a friend. During my time away, I guess my plans changed, and being on the move was a must for a while. I left the guitar with the friend and went on my merry way.
Case #2: Ukraine
I had initially signed on for a year of teaching English in Ukraine, so of course, I got myself another acoustic guitar.
Only I made a mistake at starting my term in the Ukrainian winter, and after I met my Aussie boyfriend on the road. It came to the point where I had to leave, and taking the guitar with me to Australia was going to end up being more hassle than it was worth. I already had an overflowing backpack, large purse/bag and a daypack stuffed to the brim. Carry the guitar on top of that to London for a few days and then from hostel to hostel in Australia. NO THANKS.
Testing Fate in Australia
When I originally arrived in Australia, I didn’t know for how long this setup would last. I made it a point to not make the same mistake as before, so I wouldn’t invest in a guitar until I was sure I would be staying. Well, 1.5 years later, I thought it was time… but mainly because I saw this little beauty for a mere $15 at the thrift shop!
I couldn’t pass a deal like that up! All it needed was some new strings, and it is now a nice little classical guitar to pluck around on.
It’s been a few months since and I’m still in Australia, so I think the curse of buy-a-guitar-and-leave is now broken… at least I hope.