A hundred days. This is the second longest period I've been away from home (next to living in the Middle East for half a year). And in retrospect, we have not actually done heaps. We've been to six beaches, three national parks, three - err birthday parties, one wildlife park, one cave, one amusement park, and one UNESCO World Heritage Site. I have crossed the Sydney Harbour Bridge on foot, but nope, I have not seen the Sydney Opera House up close.
So why the turtle pace? Well, programming jobs and article-writing projects that kept/is keeping us busy. To be honest, our route was not concretely mapped when we left the Philippines mainly because we were apprehensive about our funds. But now that the hubby signed up for a full time job (which thank goodness he could do remotely) and I suddenly got a steady stream of projects, we're confident to say that we're pushing through with the RTW and finally we'll be living the dream. Our dream, at least.
The ideal plan is to visit one or two countries per continent (uhm, except Antarctica). From Australia, we'll fly to California and stay for a month so hubby could report to their head office in
For Europe we're eager to see Portugal and Turkey. I'm also looking forward to squeezing in some Greece holidays since the hubby's promoting Ios Island to me like a bubbly travel agent. He swears Greece is the most beautiful country he's ever seen (when asked if he likes it more than India, he's immediately lost for words). For Africa, Morocco's on the top of our list, next is Tunisia. We'd also like to make a stop in U.A.E. where (mushyness alert!) hubby and I met. Then revisit India before going back home.
Like I said, this is the ideal plan. We know for sure that budget and visa matters may spoil it in a blink.
But we don't have to worry about it now, especially we're too preoccupied obsessing about the cabin we're currently renting for six weeks in Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park (which is amazingly cheaper than backpacker inns). Ghaya, the artist who owns the cabin, is one of the park's few permanent residents. Her paintings, mosaic pieces, and mixed media works are in every corner of the rooms. We totally feel like we're living in a gallery.
Our lovely neighbors Charlie and Susan, a gray hippie couple, are very kind to us (I still feel uneasy seeing them naked walking around their curtainless cabin every morning though). Byron Bay, a famous town to tourists and New Age folks, is just a 12-minute drive away. And gorgeous Tallow Beach is only a few meters from our backdoor. We're all good vibes and positive energy since we settled in!
Our home marked by a heart. Cause yah know, it may be cliche, but home is definitely where the heart is. And right now, our hearts are in Suffolk Park.
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