The last few weeks have been pretty mammoth mentally and physically and to be perfectly honest, I’m really looking forward to being able to sleep in (maybe) and having not as much to do. There have been a few curve-balls thrown our way and dealing with those on top of all the usual stressors of leaving the country is proving a bit…stressful? But life is meant to be exciting, right? Just got to roll with the punches and keep on truckin’!
Going to Cambodia will see us with less to do in terms of friends, family, obligations and activities, for the time being at least. So it will be nice to settle and have some relax time. Life generally in Asia is a bit more chilled, there’s more time to sit and smell the flowers. People aren’t as pedantic about being on time, having things organised, being prepared which is both good and bad. Its also going to be damn hot and having a siesta or just not as productive will be perfectly fine – it will probably be encouraged!
Over the next 10 days, my goals are to:
- Relax – as much as it is going to be the land of relaxation in Cambodia, its also going to be stressful, scary, challenging and exciting. I need to take time to relax my body and mind before I go which is why I am finishing work this Friday and not a couple of days before.
- Organise – I want to get everything sorted a few days before we go and not just before we get on the plane. I’m hoping to have the big suitcase Mick and I are taking packed with all “non-essential” items early and then live out of a backpack for the last few days.
- Farewell – saying bye is hard, but I want to make a concerted effort to say goodbye to those who mean the most to me. On the flipside, I don’t want to waste my time with people who are not significant in my life as I probably won’t be in touch with them while I am away. I guess it’s a bit of a cull of sorts…
- Enjoy – This is going to be particularly important when I finish work (and don’t have to come sit in front of a computer for 8 hours a day), but I want to enjoy the remaining time in Australia. I don’t want to be running around like crazy doing things that I should have done before.
As much as I am excited, it is also still a bit surreal and probably won’t hit home until we are actually on the plane, leaving Sydney. Unfortunately we have a night flight to KL then wait around at the airport for a few hours before we get to Phnom Penh. I really don’t enjoy night flights (does anyone?!) but hopefully I will manage to get some shut-eye on the plane. Perhaps a bit of chemical assistance from my doctor might help in that regard. Otherwise, I’m hoping we have entertainment or at least a good book to keep me occupied for 8+ hours.