Trip Start Jul 11, 2005
10Trip End Aug 12, 2005
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So what comes into my head when I think of my next trip? Unpreparedness. Here's a tip for anyone who says they'll travel one day, but they don't have the time to plan it.... you don't need to plan, just go! The less you think about it the better. That's how I operate anyway. I'd kind of been stalling, deciding whether to accept a contract extension with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (I didn't), whether to take a communications job in biotechnology in Adelaide (which I did) and whether to take a quick trip to the UK to be a delegate and journalist at the World Youth Congress (which I'm doing)
Since returning from Vietnam I moved from Adelaide to Port Lincoln, on the gorgeous Eyre Peninsula, on the West Coast of South Australia, to be the ABC journalist and newsreader there for a while. If you're doing the big trip around Australia I strongly recommend you make the effort to get to the Eyre Peninsula, if you're into pristine beaches and seafood. Coffin Bay oysters are the best in the world. Port Lincoln is the richest town in Australia per capita, because the tuna farmers make a mint selling sashimi to Japan. But even if you hate seafood the coastline is beautiful.
I had a fabulous time in Port Lincoln, but starting work at 6 in the morning is not my cup of tea, and clearly travel is, so when the option of traveling came up again I didn't take too much persuading, particularly since I now have a job to come back to here in Adelaide. So, last week I booked my ticket, next week I fly to London, and then the week after will be back in Glasgow, then on to the University of Stirling where the World Youth Congress will take place.
The Congress has a lot to do with how young people can help achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals (which are here: http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/), which I'm quite passionate about
I guess this will be an interesting trip for me because even though I've travelled to study before, really who ever devotes most of their time to studying when they're an exchange student? This time I will actually be spending most of my time working at the Congress, with actual goals that potentially have outcomes beyond simply whether I get my degrees.
I'll still have fun though, there's no point getting bogged down in the woes of the world. I have a week in London before and a couple of days in Helsinki of all places afterwards. Hopefully I'll get to meet up with friends in both places. Travel is self-perpetuating. The more I travel, the more people I know in different places, the more I travel to see them, the more I meet other people and so on and so forth. I feel like I'm starting to have a debt in traveller's karma though, so anyone coming to Australia has to come and visit me!