Time went by so quickly! I just arrived in Australia and am already starting my journey. It’s a strange feeling to have what always seemed to be like a distant dream finally become reality!
Leaving wasn’t easy though. I spent the past three years of my life in Dublin and have left several very good friends behind there and of course in Belgium. I will miss you all!
But of course I’m also very excited about my trip. During the journey, my goal will be to focus on environmental problems through my photography. I’ll try to photograph changes to the environment caused by human activity in the countries I’ll visit. However I will also do my best to meet people involved in positive initiatives, and will hopefully come back full of optimism and ideas on how to change things for the better. If you have any contacts of such people who are on my way, please let me know!
As a first illustration here is my first picture that I took in Wollongong, where I’m starting the trip. It’s the most southern point that I’ll see but luckily going north also means that the climate will get warmer because it’s pretty chilly here (15 degrees Celsius)!
Finally I plan to stick to my initial rule of not flying. Things turned out not to be as simple as they looked on the map. Indonesia and East Timor indeed look so close to Australia, but in reality crossing by boat is much harder than I expected! As I wrote in my previous post, there are only two options to do so. In the meantime I found out that November and December are right in the hurricane season and that no sailboats cross at that moment. This left me with one single option: the cargo ship. I managed to find a cabin on a German freighter and will board on the 15th of November in Brisbane for a 13 day trip to Singapore. It promises to be a very interesting experience!