Disneyland at Anaheim, CA (2017) and the final farewell

The intense yet thrilling trip to The States didn’t end in Chicago, we had just one more stop to cross off our itineraries: Disneyland in California!

Needless to say, the two day trip to Disneyland and Disney Adventure Park was such a wrap. And this time we sure cannot help not bringing some Disney memento back home, so our first attraction to visit was the souvenir shop. I wanted to bring home Marie the cat’s hat, but ended up getting Yoda’s hat while Adhi got himself Chewie’s. Worth every penny.

One thing that I regret the most though, that I did not have the chance to take a picture in front of the main Disney Princess’ castle which seems to be every girl’s must-do thing upon their visit to Disneyland.

On our third day which was our final departure day from The States, Adhi and I had actually planned to visit the beach next to LAX airport and then join a day tour to Hollywood. However, the luck wasn’t with us that time as there was major issue with Adhi’s flight hence we ended up sitting at the airport all day and night trying to get him another flight home. After sticking Yoda’s head upon mine for the previous couple days, the only thing I could wisely say was, “Patience you must have, my young padawan!” So we were sure fine.

I had expected that the farewell was going to be difficult. But I didn’t know it was going to be that difficult. One thing for sure, it wasn’t really about not having the chance to see each other again after 17 days of journeying through a continent together. Nor because of the fact that we each had each own’s separated life to pursue for now. Neither due to the thoughts of having to open that door that would bring us to the reality again, full of deadlines and demands. It was more because I was already reminded of how nice it was to feel in a place where you’re constantly surrounded by people who make you feel that you truly belong, people who could turn a strange place into a home. People whom you need not to try to impress, but could connect easily with you out of nothing. People who speak and listen the way you do.

I did not remember how I finally managed to be on the plane, heading north while Adhi was back to his terminal, catching his flight to far east. Thinking about constructing life again back in Edmonton terrified me after more than two weeks of daily dose of constant joy.

Nevertheless, as Master Yoda said,

“Through the force, things you will see. Other places. The future, the past. Old friends long gone.”

Thus may the force to get through this be with us all.

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A geologist, self-taught photographer, hobbyist writer, and wanderer who loves subtle colours, sunrays, mother nature, wilderness, adventures, flowers in the afternoon, quiet corners of a city, being literally - yet not figuratively - on top of the world, solo travels, trips by train, fascinating rocks, vintage postcards, and aesthetically pleasing urban landscapes.

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