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Sep. 22nd, 2004

*sniffle*
Last entry from Oz I think, as tomorrow we leave.

Spent the day very pleasantly being driven around Blue Mountains (so called on account of the bluish haze that forest of Eucalyptus trees produce) and looking at various cliffs and rock formations and people patiently bearing with me taking pictures of every tree, and soaked in a hot tub thingie and then we had some Japanese food and went to a dyke night at some pub in NewTown.

NewTown is for me scarily reminscent of Old Belgrade in its architecture and streets (well aside from being cleaner and not derelict or homophobic). I've been noticing this about Australia lately - how much chunks of it remind me of Yug. For instance, Port Stephens was for me very similar to Montenegro (well aside from also being cleaner and with helpful people), and the hostel where we are staying right now (Sydney Railway Square) is next to a railway station which seems the spitting image of the one in Belgrade. From our bedroom window we can see the trains and I (at best equipped with only the vaguest sense of direction and plan) can't shake off the feeling that I'm meant to be somewhere else, going to an important destination I've all but forgotten about.

It's been great being here. We've done lots of intersting things and had the most fabulous food - we have been living in this food court which sells Asian food, working our way slowly around the menus (I've never had that much octopus in my life as in the two weeks here).

It seems a wonderful country, and pacing its streets I kept being reminded of the various aspects of it that people on my flist would appreciate.
For instance:
twistedserious you'd like Australia, it is overrun by the Japanese, and verlaine I think you'd appreciate Australia too, for a variety of reasons, such as the fact that they are doing a giant re-run of Dr. Who on telly, showing it from beginning to end.

There are lots of things I will miss, although I am not sure how I feel about the isolation of Australia - the inescapable fact that it is soooo far away from everywhere and everyone else. In some aspects it is nice, pleasant almost - and in others I think if I lived here a long time I would start very much to miss Europe and the idea that all sorts of people I care about are just a train, or an EasyJet ride away.

I'm still getting the leaving syndrome though - this idea that there are always all sorts of things left undone and that if I just had one more day, or a couple of days then I would somehow accomplish more. It hasn't happened yet. There is never enough time for anything, or anyone you fall in love with.

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elf_awareness
Sep. 22nd, 2004 06:19 am (UTC)
Haven't been to Tanelorn by any chance?

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rainsinger
Sep. 24th, 2004 10:04 am (UTC)
I don't think so... where is that exactly? And what's in it?
birdie1986
Sep. 23rd, 2004 10:26 am (UTC)
hope that you have/had a good trip back and that oz will be one of thoes experiences that changes your life forever and always stays with you.

hope you are ok
love
*k*
rainsinger
Sep. 24th, 2004 10:05 am (UTC)
We're doing great. :)
And the trip was fun all the way aside from mozzies and the flights.
I think it will definately be something I remember for a long time as I will have a zillion pictures to back me up. ;)
twistedserious
Sep. 25th, 2004 08:25 pm (UTC)
twistedserious you'd like Australia, it is overrun by the Japanese

Ooo! *twinkling eyes* Did you touch any? *raving lunatic mode*
rainsinger
Sep. 25th, 2004 10:57 pm (UTC)
always nice to see your name and face around
I'm afraid nothing quite as intimate as touching Japanese persons, but we did get to talk and bow to one another - does that count? ;)

How are you doing?
twistedserious
Oct. 13th, 2004 01:45 am (UTC)
Re: always nice to see your name and face around
I'm afraid nothing quite as intimate as touching Japanese persons, but we did get to talk and bow to one another - does that count? ;)

If you made sure to breathe in some of their molecules. ;o)

How are you doing?

Not terribly good (which you might have guessed by my tardiness), but I've got excellent help, and I'm sure I'll get back on my feet again soon.
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