A perspective from Perth, Western Australia

Monday, July 19, 2004

Goodbye Perth...

...for another 83 days.

In about 10 hours I leave Perth for Auckland, NZ, the first stage of my round-the-world trip. I suppose I'm feeling a mixture of excitement and nervousness - haven't had the best weekend, and my eye is still playing up a little. Hopefully a few days of fresh air will fix it all up :)

A lot of people are reacting with surprise to some parts of my itinerary. Apparently I'll be bored in NZ, cold in Canada, and probably abducted and/or murdered in Turkey. I think some people need to learn more about the world we live in. The world is not a bunch of stereotypes.

People - tourists even - have been murdered in this country. Some foreign affairs offices in other countries have warned about Ross River virus right here in Perth. I think all warnings should be seen in that light - certainly, there are concerns, but if you were just concerned all the time and let it stop you doing things you enjoy, you wouldn't leave your front door and would have deadlocks on the windows. (I call this the 'Today Tonight' syndrome, for reasons my Australian readers may understand)

Anyway, this will be my last post in Perth. Feel free to check out my travel blog for updates.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Shannon said...

Strange that I'm not bored in NZ, was hot in Canada (high thirty's deg C) and.. er, haven't been murdered in Turkey (yeah, well I haven't actually been there. :-)

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Blogger Andrew said...

yeah ... there seems to be plenty to do in Auckland, and I know it can get right up there in Canada in summer :P (They seem thoroughly more variable than us though)

Re Turkey: oh dear! I don't know anyone who's been murdered in Turkey either. If I did, it'd be somewhat worrying, at least for the mental health of the alleged murderee. (I'm thinking here of "She turned me into a newt!")

3:21 pm

 

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