See you soon, Taipei ...

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Woohoo! I'm off on this long-awaited journey to the far away lands of Australia and New Zealand soon. It's a trip I've had vaguely had on my "bucket list" since I was about 20 or 21, and a trip that I promised myself I'd take at 23, once I quit my job. So the time has finally come.

At the start of the week, I was in a right panic about it, since I'd done only minimal prepping. But in a marathon research session, I figured everything out, took notes, printed out maps ... and in the process, got really, really excited. I'll be hitting up Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Cairns, Gold Coast, Brisbane in Australia and Queenstown, Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland in New Zealand. Pretty much all the major cities, except for Adelaide and Canberra in Australia.

In my research, I discovered places I'd overlooked in my preliminary research (deciding on places to go) and I was a little heartbroken. It gives me an excuse to return in the future, though there are simply too many beautiful places in the world to see and explore, and not enough time (or money). It's like that saying about how we'll never read all the things we want to read, and how sad that makes people (like me).

Cathedral Cove, Coromandel
source: gorentals.co.nz

Like Coromandel, a two-hour ferry ride from Auckland, New Zealand. And I wish I were spending more time in Wellington, because ... just look at it. Even the simple is beautiful. (I found this girl's blog to be a wonderful resource, particularly for my eyes.)

But I expect New Zealand to be stunning from start to finish anyhow.

I'll be going a good portion of this trip alone, and it'll be the longest I've gone traveling on my own. I was a little scared at first, but now I'm excited. I might finally become comfortable with the idea of eating alone at a restaurant (or a coffee shop ... baby steps), and if I survive this in one piece, I'll have come out stronger and more experienced. And with stories, which I'll promptly share here!

I've noticed over the course of the past couple of months that I haven't been 100% here in Taipei. My memory has gotten oddly shallow and I've had a feeling of disorientation not infrequently. My eating habits here are not great; the food here doesn't whet my appetite whatsoever, so I eat when I have to, to live. Whereas the normal me lives to eat.

I don't know if it's the weather, stress, nutrition or what, but I'm really hoping that getting away for a month will be able to set my body at ease a little, even if I am constantly on the go. I'm looking forward to food I'm a little more familiar with, milder temperatures (it's nearly winter over there) and the beautiful, dulcet tones of English!

I don't know how often I'll be able to update, since I'll be on the move and wi-fi is not readily available at accommodations in Australia and New Zealand. (And when it is, it costs more than an arm and a leg ... more like my first born.) But I will update with photos and stories when I can, before I forget it all.

Well, here I go ... living the dream! (Or something like it.)


I couldn't resist. :)

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6 comments

  1. Finally your dream comes true!! That's great! :)
    I actually love traveling alone, even abroad!
    The language should be English only though...haha.
    I hope you have lots of good food, nice sunshine, and fun in Australia and New Zealand!! :)

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    1. Haha ... check, check! I've had good food and sunshine already! With loads more to come, I'm sure. :)

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  2. So excited to read and see your travels in Australia (particularly Sydney!) and NZ. Also excited that you'll not only be fulfilling a travel point on your bucket list, but that you'll hopefully walk away stronger and more independent from it all. I think everyone should spend some time traveling by themselves... and I think, for you, Australia is the place to do it. Happy travels!

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    1. Thanks Vivian - updates are coming soon!

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  3. Hi - Greetings from Perth, Australia!
    Just stumbled on your blog when, believe it or not, I was looking for blog reviews on the NKOTBSB concert (they performed in Perth last night). You're so observant and your comments are so true!
    You'll have a great time in Australia (but then I'm biased).
    Bon voyage!

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  4. Thanks so much Cara! I think it's pretty funny how people stumble upon things and people online. :) I'll be heading to Perth soon -- too bad not in time for NKOTBSB, but I think maybe I've had more than my fair share of them in the past year.

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