An emotional goodbye to Indie!

Yesterday I shared my last day riding with Indie after an entire month ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€

There are few people that I know that are as brave, resilient, hard-working, genuine and kind-hearted as her. As soon as I met her ten months ago I knew she was special, but by living in each othersโ€™ pockets, Iโ€™ve been blessed with the opportunity to get to know her on a far deeper level. Let me tell you a few things about this special young lady who has become like a little sister to meโ€ฆ

At just 18 years old, she decided she was going to spend a year abroad and this is how she spent it:

She travelled through Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, worked a ski season in France, took a cookery course, raced sailboats in Wales, worked in a care home to save money to travel more, has just cycled through Thailand with me and is now off to climb Kilimanjaro โ›ฐ

This young woman is a superhero in the making and I am honoured to know her ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

We have laughed and cried together and shared some of the most phenomenal and memorable experiences. 

She is ridiculously clumsy, frustratingly inquisitive and beyond all, undeniably loveable ๐Ÿฅฐ

Indie, I miss you already and you havenโ€™t even landed home yet. 

I will miss waking up to you passed out cold every morning no matter how loud I am. 

My days wonโ€™t be complete without watching you fall over, drop whatever youโ€™re holding and of course, break absolutely everything!!! 

How will I cope with travelling without you; someone whoโ€™s as passionate about food as I am and will eat two meals alongside me with no judgement then confidently split 3kg of mangosteens?! ๐Ÿ˜‹ 

Whoโ€™s going to fill the water bottles, lock the bikes and most of all, carry the bag?! ๐Ÿ˜‚

How can I possibly manage without my own personal photographer that also transforms into the worldโ€™s most entertaining and awkward and goofy model?! ๐Ÿ“ธ

And who is going to literally drive me crazy asking me the most ridiculous questions ALL DAY LONG like โ€œwhatโ€™s your favourite vegetable?โ€ ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฆ๐Ÿ…

Iโ€™ll miss teaching you Thai and laughing when you tell someone โ€œgoodnightโ€ with so much enthusiasm when you actually meant โ€œitโ€™s tastyโ€ ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฃ

Iโ€™ll miss laughing at us drowning instead of surfing, painting Sianโ€™s bar, couples massages on the beach, you (reluctantly) rubbing tiger balm on my legs, our 24 hour unintentional Cambodia excursion, meeting countless weirdos, eating our body weight in mango sticky rice and even all the disasters including our crash, your three flat tyres and when I got to cycle for the both of us pulling you home from the waterfall in Khao Yai! ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ

Iโ€™ll never forget how much youโ€™ve made me smile and thereโ€™s now an Indie shaped stamp on my heart forever โ™ฅ๏ธ

To top it all off, to know that travelling with me has made some kind of impression on your daily habits including living pretty much zero waste AND eating way less meat means more than you could ever imagine ๐ŸŒฑ

I am so proud of you; all that you are and all that you have already achieved. I know you will continue on to become even more successful and please make sure you donโ€™t forget to share it with me! 

So yeah, Iโ€™ll miss you, little sis! Spread your infectious giggle on your own journey, because itโ€™s going to be a special one! ๐Ÿ˜˜

Me and you are proof of how travelling, engaging with and seeking out new cultures and experiences make you more well-rounded peopleโ€ฆ

Who knew that a vegan and a pig farmerโ€™s daughter could become like family ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿท๐ŸŒฑ

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