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Day 22: Testing Fate in Australia

Day 22: Strum Session

Day 22: Strum Session

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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.

red guitar

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.

ukraine 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!

oz guitar

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.


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6 Responses to Day 22: Testing Fate in Australia

  1. Jill - Jack and Jill Travel The World January 23, 2011 at 2:13 am #

    You look like a flower girl from the 60’s in the 2nd picture šŸ™‚ Let’s hope the curse has been broken, eh? Or maybe you can get one of those traveling guitars? Small enough so you can pack it with you wherever you go.

    • Brooke January 24, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

      Aw, thanks! Yeah, I’ve thought about it before getting one of those tiny ones, but getting a guitar abroad wasn’t something I ever planned on. Now, I know.

  2. Erica January 24, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

    There is something magical about owning an instrument. It obviously continues to call to you! I wouldn’t worry about the fate part – just do what you need to do.

    Right now we’re trying to figure out where our massive amount of music equipment will be stored while we are gone. They are like babies to me.

    • Brooke January 24, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

      And call it does šŸ™‚ I have a PA system from way back when I had a band still in my mom’s basement… along with my guitars. sigh.

      • Erica January 24, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

        Shaun was in a band for a while too so we have all his crap and my drum set. šŸ™‚


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