Trip Start Mar 04, 2004
Trip End Jul 02, 2005

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Thursday, June 16, 2005

INCREDIBLE!! I'm actually home after the most amazing and unlikely trip of a lifetime.

I have been back for a few days now and the initial strangeness of it all is beginning to wear off. After nearly 2.5 years outside of Canada the North American culture seems really rather odd to me. I can't believe how BIG and NEW everything is. After spending so much time in the age-old capitals of Europe, with their relatively quiet sense of culture I was gob-smacked at the size of the trucks and SUVs here, the size of the portions (I struggled to finish a small pizza my first night back in Canada), how new even the 'historic' buildings are, how loud peoples voices are. But I am also equally pleasantly surprised at how nice everyone is, how laid back the West Coast is, and the true glorious beauty of my own home country. We couldn't even concieve of 4000-year old monuments and temples but our 100,000+ yr old landscapes are in a league of their own. Travelling for so long has left me with a keen eye for cultural differences and the valuable ability to look at my own culture from somewhat of a removed perspective, although I must admit having a Kiwi girlfriend, to whom this is all new, quite helps as well. A perfect wrap-up to the trip was provided by running into my Canadian friend Sarah, who was my nextr-door nieghbour in NZ and who just happened to be in Gatwick airport at 1am returning from backpacking India and Europe for a month each. God works in mysterious ways.
I am just getting on my feet here in Vic, seeing everyone and taking the baby steps into building a life in Canada, although I'm not yet sure in what career or in what city. I'll be back-updating the travelogue with a lot of cool new pics I never had a chance to upload while in Europe so keep checking back! I'll be doing entries for Madrid, Barcelona, The Riviera, and Paris. If you want to get in touch drop me an email and I'll send you my contact details.
This trip has been life-changing and I reckon I'll be ruminating on it for a long, long time.


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craggles on

Gob Smacked...really mate!!
Just a line to tell you how much I enjoyed your magnificent Blog and picss

All the magical, mystical places and the warm ,friendly people you met...Please make it into an Apple i movie of stills reading your dialogue with the pics , whilst your memory if vivid with your would make a beautiful thing to treasure

I am going to read it again in the next month

I hope you settle into your Beautiful home in Victoria..i have fond memories of it on my visit 10 yrs ago

Craig(from Melbourne Australia)...10/1/06

aveeshkumar on

absolutely awesome
Hey! What a wonderful voyage of discovery and what amazing dedication to documenting it....very nice

I have recently come to jakarta (from india) and was surfing to see what indonesia has to offer other than jakarta and bali.

Will definitely try to get out to Ujong Kulon on my own...thanks again and will try to post back pics....

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