"Travel is little beds and cramped bathrooms. It’s old television sets and slow Internet connections. Travel is extraordinary conversations with ordinary people. It’s waiters, gas station attendants, and housekeepers becoming the most interesting people in the world. It’s churches that are compelling enough to enter. It’s McDonald’s being a luxury. It’s the realization that you may have been born in the wrong country. Travel is a smile that leads to a conversation in broken English. It’s the epiphany that pretty girls smile the same way all over the world. Travel is tipping 10% and being embraced for it. Travel is the same white T-shirt again tomorrow. Travel is flowing in the back of a bus with giggly strangers. It’s a street full of bearded backpackers looking down at maps. Travel is wishing for one more bite of whatever that just was. It’s the rediscovery of walking somewhere. It’s sharing a bottle of liquor on an overnight train with a new friend. Travel is ‘Maybe I don’t have to do it that way when I get back home."
Nick Miller, Isn’t It Pretty to Think So? (via olivia-ross)
So when I do further traveling here is what I know: invest in a backpackers backpack. Keep it under 7 kilos. You don’t need that much stuff. Use it as your one carry on.
Yesterday I had to say goodbye to the land of Oz for now so I figured I’d post pictures from my farewell and iLead completion. But I will be back in Oz one day soon. I’m now a world traveller.
Whitsunday Island and Whitehaven beach!
On board the Boomerang!
Sorry about a lack of post on Spring Break
I have a lot of uni work to catch up on for the rest of the semester and won’t likely be able to do a long post, at least until after everything is turned in. I will get some pictures up soon though! Rest assured it was an amazing time and I had a great “spring break experience” to get out of my system and learned lots of life lessons:
- Two weeks is too long in one place for a holiday
- Two weeks is too long with one person. You will hate them and their habits you notice in this span will bug you weeks later.
- Get rent money transferred before you leave when you have easy access.
- Just because there are ATMs everywhere doesn’t mean any of them will take deposits and it’s guaranteed your bank’s ATM won’t.
- Walking a half an hour to the bank in 30 degree humid heat is no fun. Or back. And there will be a massive queue.
- You will be jealous of the travels of others that you meet in hostels.
- Money problems on vacation are stressful and all around suck. I’m looking at you, financial aid office.
Now that Oz is dwindling to an end, I really want to go on a long term trip around the world to NY, through Europe and Asia to the South Pacific again and maybe back home. Unfortunately, college is getting in my way. Perhaps Summer 2015-2016 if I save enough money. Then a year in Americorps. Then either grad school or starting my career or both.
"My trip hasn’t been about sightseeing (although I’ve done that) as much as just being somewhere."
Clayton B. Cornell via HuffPost
Today is daylight savings…
But unlike the US, where the entire country changes clocks, some states here decided that daylight savings isn’t important enough to be observed. I just had a ten minute discussion about what time it actually is because my computer and phone said it was 10 to 10 and Izzy’s phone said 10 to 11.
Her phone is timed on Sydney whereas mine is timed of the closet city (Townsville).
At the uni home, its one hour later even though we are on the same coast and roughly the same longitude. This is so confusing.