After Byron Bay we crunched out 10 hours of driving and arrived in Sydney late Tuesday night. We stayed with Conor, who is Colby and Cody’s friend from Ireland. He lives with two other Irish guys and they are all such wonderful people. So happy I got to meet them and got to stay with them. I’m so happy I got along with them and I cannot wait until I go to Australia again and get to see them! I left Sydney on Saturday and headed to Singapore – I was sad that I left one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever been to. Singapore has been great – it’s like a second home, all of my mom’s family is here and I get along with them all quite well. I wanted to see all of my family before leaving for home because it’s really hard to see them, the last time I saw them I was 17! My grandma, unfortunately was busy at the temple everyday this week and I wasn’t able to see her, which is too bad because I was really looking forward to seeing her. I’m happy I got to have dinner with my aunts and my uncles. I’m now sitting in the airport in Singapore waiting to go to my gate and begin my long journey home.
The past three and a half months (obviously my days were completely off because it has only been like 101 or 102 days today) have gone by incredibly quickly and so much has changed. Some for the better and some things I’m not sure how I feel about it yet. I’ve been surrounded by so many people these last few months that I haven’t really had any time with myself to reflect on what has happened. Traveling to parts of Southeast Asia was amazing, it’s crazy the amount of history that is in those countries and it’s amazing how some of the most traumatic and inhumane things have occurred in places such as Cambodia and it is not as well recognized or known because it wasn’t a ‘Western’ country. The Killing Fields in Cambodia was one of the largest and most violent genocides in the history of the world killing almost as many people as those killed in concentration camps during WWII, yet not many people know what the killing fields are. I want to go back and visit parts of Southeast Asia again, I want to bring old clothes for all of the children I saw around the temples and streets without a home. I also want to spend a month in each country to fully submerge myself in the culture. New Zealand was another place I visited that I hope to visit again, it is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. The water by the Kaikoura Peninsula is so blue and beautiful and the cloud form perfectly on top of the mountains in the background – the view was breathtaking every single time I saw it. Australia was an amazing time (obviously, I went there 3 times in two months … who knows how much I spent on flights to and from country). Australian culture is very similar to Canada, there isn’t really a cultural shock once you get there, the lifestyle however, is definitely more laid back and the weather is nicer and well the beaches are pristine and beautiful. I’m sure you can imagine what beautiful beaches does for eye candy – yes, hot surfer bods running around with their surf boards, ocean bleached hair and tanned skin…let’s just say I spent a lot of time on the beach observing the goods. Sydney is a city I can picture myself living, it’s a beautiful city, full of active people and beautiful beaches surround the area – literally perfect for me. My goal is to make it back there eventually and do my working holiday visa and then see where that takes me. I’ve learned a lot about myself during this trip and once I’ve had time to reflect on everything that’s happened I can share my thoughts about traveling alone and doing your own thing, but for now I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about the whole thing (overall though – traveling alone is a wonderful experience and everyone should try it … even if you don’t think you can do it, trust me you can).
I’ll be home in less than 24 hours and for the first time in months I’m ready and excited.