Check out this clip from the Canadian film One Week: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHR90hjyAhI

Or in my case, go west young woman.

No, I don’t have cancer and am not going to drive a motorcycle across a continent without telling anyone – but I am going west, pulled by my love of the ocean, the smell of the sea, and watching the sun set over some sort of mountain across a large body of water.


Australia’s only west coast capital city, closer to Singapore than Sydney, and a whole lot of kilometres from nowhere, and anything else.

Tomorrow I’m getting back on the Indian-Pacific for another 41-hour trip across the Nullarbor to a city I couldn’t get out of my head once I left.  Maybe it’s because when I arrived it was 22 degrees, or that when it rained it felt like taking the seabus across the inlet to downtown Vancouver, or maybe it’s just because I need a change from small country-town life . . . whatever the reason, I’m heading back, to Perth.

In the last week, I quit my job, sold my car, packed up everything I own and said goodbye to most of the people I know and love in this state, in exchange for the unknown . . . In many ways, it’s been like leaving Vancouver all over again, but with a bit more heartbreak and a bit less uncertainty.  I’m still determined to see this whole year in Oz through, which is already more than half over.

I don’t really know what I’m going towards in Perth, just like I didn’t know what I was going towards in Africa or Australia . . . but armed with my guide books and a bit of luck and money, I’ve made it this far, so I’m looking forward to the next challenge!



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2 Responses to GO WEST YOUNG MAN

  1. Hey Michelle, I hope Perth gives you the little taste of home you seem to be looking for. A while back you wrote about your trip to Africa, and suggested that a scarf was really useful to take along. I just got back from three weeks in Kenya and made sure to take a big scarf with me. It became my trademark, I wrapped my hair in it, tied it around my waist, used it as and umbrella and carried my lunch in it! The little kids would take it and use it for a sun shade, and even showed me how to make a pad so I could carry stuff on my head. It was invaluable so thanks for the advice. The group I was with was in Kisumu, by Lake Victoria, to build a playground we refurbished from Calgary, Alberta and hold a week long VBS for the local kids. I don’t know where thay all came from, but by the end of the week we had 625 children. Have you ever seen 625 kids attack a playground? Check out my face book page to see. It was incredible. Keep on writing and travelling Michelle.

    • Michelle says:

      Hi Gail,

      Thanks so much! So glad that you enjoyed your trip to Kenya – and your scarf!! I always buy more wherever I go, they never go out of style! I will definitely go and check out your Facebook page to see what you’ve been up to!

      Thanks so much for your support, keep reading!


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