To Australia

Here I am, another airport. I’ve lost count of how many airports I’ve been to. In truth, I never really started counting in the first place. This journey is a long one though. Thirty three hours from takeoff to touchdown with a fifteen hour wait in the UAE. And I left ‘home’ five and a half hours ago. Wherever home is.

I am heading to Australia, Perth to be precise, and I feel – like I often feel – a torrent of mixed emotions. I feel uncertainty at going to yet another new place with no plan at the age of twenty seven – I have a one way ticket and a one way visa – and in direct contrast with the uncertainty, I feel excitement at going to a new place with no plan. Life is an adventure after all.

For the past few years, I have moved around quite a lot. Sometimes people descibe me as a traveller. I am not a traveller by choice – I do not travel to places for the sake of travelling. Travel seems to be an incidental outcome of how I choose to live my life. I went to London two days ago because I had someone to meet and a plan to make. I was in America recently because I had some very important people to meet for the very first time – I think it went well. I went to Iceland last summer because I wanted to walk. Every place I go to now, I go to for a reason – as opposed to going to a place for the sake of going.

Why am I going to Australia? To work, to live, to have a place of my own where I can further write and create. Do I have a great desire to go to Perth? No. It is the best place for me to go at this time. It is incidental.

So here goes: another flight, another new home, no plans, and one hell of a lot of kangaroos. I do not look forward to the spiders.

By | 2015-05-02T00:04:21+00:00 February 10th, 2015|Thoughts and Inspiration|6 Comments


  1. Giorgia 13/02/2015 at 04:54 - Reply

    Welcome to Australia 🙂 I found your blog as I am researching English teaching in Korea. Makes for interesting reading, thank you.

    I hope you have a fabulous time in WA. If you can make it to the Kimberley, do that.

    You’ll get used to the spiders, eventually 😉

    • Jamie 27/02/2015 at 02:57 - Reply

      I heard about the Kimberley and would love to pay a visit sometime – along with lots of other places. As for the spiders, I don’t think we will ever be friends. Fortunately I haven’t encountered any yet.

  2. Welcome to Australia!

    It is a truly amazing country with fabulous people and great opportunities. I’ve just arrived on the eastern side for a few weeks and love it here.

    Enjoy Perth and Freemantle.

    • Jamie 27/02/2015 at 02:56 - Reply

      That’s great, I’m enjoying my time too. I knew it would be hot, but these past few days have been exceptional.

  3. Karlie 11/02/2015 at 03:16 - Reply

    Welcome! So you like snakes and sharks then lol.

    • Jamie 27/02/2015 at 02:55 - Reply

      I think I will stay buddies with the kangaroos instead.

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