My name is Tino La Bamba. I am forty two years old and I come from from Alcaca, Spain, a small city on the outskirts of Madrid. This is my diary that follows my journey to Lismore, Australia. And I hear you ask, “why Lismore Tino?”
For this is the question that many have asked me back home.“Do you go to find the treasures of the outback?”
I tell them Lismore is not so out back. They look at me curiously before seeing the fire in my eyes. To be sure, I tell them, I will appreciate the beauty of this mysterious continent. I will travel through the unique settlements of Tamworth, Armidale and Glenn Innes and wonder at their resilience and poise, but my journey indeed has a far greater purpose than sightseeing. For I go to Lismore driven by pain and by honour. I go to Lismore to find the answers to an event that has devastated my family. I go to Lismore to rebuild again. To find my core.
This was the documentation of Tino La Bamba’s Farewell from the red rattler on the 5th of December.