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sydney / travel, the only thing you buy that makes you richer

sydney travelonce upon a time during my student years i went on a budget trip to sydney, australia with some of my friends from high school. it was the most memorable trip i’ve ever had because one, sydney was amazing and two, it was the first winter i’ve encountered in more than ten years. oh you bet, the first night we arrived it was SO cold i insisted we ditch all our plans and stay in our ‘unheated’ room. and that’s exactly what we did.

SAM_0393 copy SAM_0398 copywe were looking for a low budget place to stay and ended up at springfield lodge in kings cross. it wasn’t till we arrived and heard from our friend who lives there that kings cross is one of the most dangerous places of all sydney. is that true?

i mean we realised upon arrival that there were unsually large number of homeless people in the area and occasional crying and shoutings in the middle of the night but we didn’t think too much of it..

SAM_0983 copySAM_0430 copySAM_0442 copySAM_0518 copySAM_0529 copySAM_0557 copySAM_0543 copySAM_0663 copySAM_0669 copySAM_0503 copySAM_0450 copy“real kangaroo balls” #thatswhatshesaid

SAM_0534 copywhat am i supposed to do with these?

SAM_0731 copySAM_0733 copySAM_0736 copySAM_0740 copySAM_0694 copySAM_0690 copySAM_0725 copySAM_0468 copythese kept me alive at night in our unheated room.

SAM_0846 copySAM_0795 copySAM_0796 copySAM_0808 copymy first ever chai tea tasting happened right here at bondi beach. and i really didn’t like it. and still don’t :|

SAM_0813 copyice skating by the beach. whaat.

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SAM_0902 copy SAM_0906 copyi swear there are these strangest birds just casually roaming around the streets of sydney. people of australia, please educate me. what is happening here? i’m pretty sure i wasn’t at a zoo..

SAM_0601 copySAM_0606 copySAM_0679 copyoh sydney is so beautiful. i keep telling everyone back home how much i would love to move there one day..

SAM_0939 copySAM_0958 copySAM_0937 copySAM_0964 copylooking back at these photos make me realise how easy it was back then for me to just pack my luggage and leave. as we get older, we have more responsibilities and knowing that money doesn’t grow on trees, it’s requires more planning both financially and with time management.

but as cliché as it sounds, i truly believe that travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. if you have the opportunity to see the world, DO it. don’t let the “yeah, but..”s be an excuse to hold you back!

i recite this quote from mark twain way more than i should but here it is again..

“twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. so throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. catch the trade winds in your sails. explore. dream. discover.”

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