Now this is going to be interesting. My upcoming trip to Sydney will be my first solo trip without an itinerary. Yeap, that’s right. I did not plan anything for my upcoming trip. The only thing that I planned was my flight, my accommodations, and one outdoor activity that I decided to book in advance just in case of limited slot availability. I seriously do not know how my trip will turn out. It can visualise my trip as going in either directions; either it’s going to be fucking awesome, or it could be the most boring trip I have ever made as a solo traveller in my entire life. We shall see.
So why did I not have a plan? Partly the reason is that I am so busy with work and school that I just do not have the time to sit down and really draft a proper itinerary. Another reason could be that after I book my flights, I am starting to get cold feet on this trip. I am suddenly not in the mood anymore. Strangely, I’m not exactly looking forward to this trip. Yes I am busy, and I feel burned out sometimes, and I know that this trip is exactly what I need to get myself refreshed before facing the onslaught of work and school. But so far, my ‘busyness’ had dampened the mood somewhat. Just a little more than 2 weeks before my trip and the thought of vacation hasn’t reached to the top of my mind yet. Usually, by this time, my vacation is the only thing I can think of right now. My mind would be so distracted that I wouldn’t be able to focus on work or just about anything else other than the trip itself. This has never happened before. For the first time, I am not feeling excited about my holiday and it’s kinda worrying. I love to travel. Somehow that love has died for some reason.
Phuket. Now Perth. Second holiday of the year and it was an amazing trip. Despite the fact that I have been to Perth, many many years ago, the city still gave me pleasant surprises throughout my trip there. Fremantle Market is still a joy to visit, and the 3 hour drive to The Pinnacles reminded me of my recent road trip to New Zealand. I get to experience a glimpse of the Australian Outback, and even saw a poor little kangaroo served up as roadkill while on the way to The Pinnacles. I was never there on my last trip, so heading there was something new to me. Of course, throughout the journey, we stopped at several towns large and small, and all of our stopovers were an amazing sight to visit. The great Indian Ocean, always looking on the west as we drive up the coast to our destination. Always majestic, always blue, always tempted to run to it and have a dip into the ocean. But it was too cold for us. It was winter in Perth. And although it didn’t reach freezing temperature as most winters do in other parts of the world, the gusty winds from the ocean sweeping up to the inner landscape of Australia felt like we were in the cold icy tundra. Despite all that, it was still a sight to behold. Towering waves crashing to shore, perfect for surfing, which would make perfect sense during the warm summer months, when locals and tourists would flock to these small towns and catch the best waves the ocean has to offer. I can imagine the populations of those small towns swelling up in numbers enjoying the sun, sand and sea.
The hospitality and people of Perth is nothing short of amazing. And because of that the city holds a special place in my heart. Being back the second time, somehow made me feel, for a short while, like a home away from home. The familiar and the strange intermingle with my experiences and memories of that place, allowing me to feel like a foreigner, as well as a local at the same time. If I would ever come back to this wonderful city again, Perth would no longer be a strange place to me.
Perth. I was there as an exchange student almost 10 years ago. Soon I will revisit the place, this time with my parents, hoping to bring them around the city, if the city is still recognizable after all these years. I will be going there for a vacation in about a month’s time, missing out on Singapore Jubilee celebration but I will be sure to record the national day celebration on TV so that I can watch it after I am back from my vacation.
It will last 5 days, just a short trip and a well deserved break.
This afternoon I went to the Pan-Pacific Hotel, where they held the Australian Law, Medicine and Health Science Open Day. Having gone through a similar seminar and exhibition that showcases UK Universities, it was another fruitful day learning about the postgraduate courses on offer from several Australian Universities.
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