Oct 04, 2005
Well I've made it! I'm in Singapore, beginning the next phase of my round the world trip, and it hasn't quite sunk in yet. Have I really left Australia? Has it really been almost four months since I've left home? How funny time is the way it seems to drag on but go by super quickly at the same time. Two days ago, January 26, I said goodbye to Christina in the same city that I had met her in. How much has changed since then! How much we have changed! It's funny how chance meetings can become so much more. I was supposed to stay in Sydney with some friends I had met on Fraser, but was unable to get in contact with them. So, when I arrived, I had nowhere to go, nowhere to stay, and only some vague plans to get together with Christina. When I called her to hang out until I figured out what to do with myself, I was given an address and directions and set off in the pouring rain to see what Sydney had to offer the second time around. Because of the rain, I decided to treat myself to a cab. When I was directed to a taxi driver and guided to a car only to be told that, whoops, that wasn't his car, I knew I was in trouble. If the man couldn't find his own taxi, then how was he going to figure out where I had to go. But, I decided to trust him and his cabdriving skills...and then about half way into the ride he asked me where to go. When I told him I had no clue, that he was the driver, he gave me a map and told me to look up Church St. And let me just say that my map reading skill suck, and it took me awhile to find the right map and the right road. And he was getting mad at ME!! So we stopped and we finally figured out where to go and where we were only to be locked in traffic with the meter running like mad. What had started out as a little splurge ended up eating up half of the money I had budgeted for Sydney! And though I would normally never argue with a taxi driver, I definitely argued down the price with this one since he got lost and we had to stop to look at the map. I would have tried to get more money off, but then he started stuttering and acting crazy, so I kind of threw my money at him and stormed out. I don't think I'll be treating myself to another "treat" like that anytime soon. But everything went so much better after that. Craig, Christina's friend who she was staying with, offered me the couch for the next two nights and then told me about a bbq dinner party that night to which I was invited. So, what had started out pretty disasterously ended up being really fabulous! It was great to catch up with Christina and the party was tons of fun. I ended up getting into crazy discussion about everything from New Zealand to feminism to movie ideas. A great night! And the next day was Australia day, so after I said goodbye to Christina, I cheered myself up by walking up around the Harbour Bridge. Street performers and mini-concerts were everywhere, people were all dressed in red white and blue, and there was just a festive air to everything. And I became part of a magic show! I was walking by this cute swedish guy who was just beginning his show by doing tricks with a coin and took a seat. Everyone else in the audience was like 8, so I guess I shouldn't have been surprised to be called out of the audience almost immediately. It was great! I pulled cards out of his pocket, wrote my name on one card and he continually pulled it out of the deck, his ear, my ear, all sorts of places. It was great! And I even got to keep the card in the end. Who knows, maybe "magician's assistant" would be a cool thing to be! But, pulling myself away from the magic of the show, I decided to wander around the city a little more. Getting very lost (again!) I happened upon a car show, which isn't my thing, but was very cool. And then I saw a car with a box on top saying Thailand, Cambodia, Mongolia, and Siberia on it, so I stopped. It turns out that this older couple had driven in that car from KL to London, practically the same trip I am going to do! I chatted with them for quite some time, hearing stories and getting tips. After that, it was starting to get dark so I decided to head back to Craig's. As I walked I just reflected on how serendipitous things in life truly are. Here I was in Sydney, leaving Australia for good the next day, and I was staying with someone I had known for barely 24 hours, I had participated in a magic show, and I had met a couple who had basically done my purposed trip, and all on Australia day. But that's what travelling is - filled with serendipity. I can't wait to see what I'll happen upon next!