Thursday 5 February 2009
Going on a holiday...
This afternoon my twin sister and I are off to Perth for the weekend! Perth is the capital of Western Australia, and is on the west coast, down towards the south. Australia being the massive country that it is means that to get here by plane will take us about 4 hours...and when we do arrive we will be 2 hours behind Melbourne time.
Australia is such a big country that small distances for us are long distances for others. I remember when I was working in London my boss was looking for someone to make a day trip to York which is in the north of England. All my English colleagues were complaining that they did not want to travel so far...I on the other hand jumped at the chance to get paid to take a first class train to York and back in one day. I was on an express train that only took about 3 hours (one way - no time at all!) they paid for my lunch and let me start late the next day to say thanks...plus I missed a whole day at work and got to read my book on the train!
When bel ragazzo and I first got together in Rome we popped over to London for a night since the flights were cheap and would only take a few hours. Our friends all thought we were mad.
Growing up in a big country like Australia you just get used to travelling great distances without giving it a second thought.