My time in Bathurst has unfortunately come to an end and so I am writing my final bog post to reflect on the three weeks. My time in Bathurst really has been the best few weeks of my life, I have made life long friends and memories that I will never forget.
When I started my trip to Australia I was undoubtedly nervous about what to expect from Bathurst and was apprehensive to say the least. Within a matter of days I fell for the city and from then on I really have had the best time. I have been so fortunate to explore so much of the beautiful surrounding area, meet so many interesting people and participate in lots of fantastic local events.
I can see so much potential for the friendship initiative in the future and for Cirencester and Bathurst to develop a link so much more than just historical. Through youth exchanges and communications between both councils and business chambers this is certainly possible. Below is an extract from my final post on the friendship’s Facebook page as it’s very difficult to summarise coherently how much the project has meant to me.
‘It has been such a privilege to have been given this opportunity and one which I am so thankful for. I have made the most amazing memories and been welcomed by beautiful, caring people. I know for sure that I will come back to Bathurst during my trip around Australia as both the place and people have truly stolen a little piece of my heart.’
Thank you to everyone that managed to make this opportunity a reality and that shaped it into the best three weeks. Thank you to both councils and the CCDT for your continuous support both before and during the project and especially to my hosts Aimee and Adam for welcoming me into your home and lives.