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距離出國的日子越近,人就開始越焦躁起來,事情總是處理不完,算算從最後離職日10/14到出國10/26,一共只有休息12天,而在這12天內,辦簽證訂旅館、訂guesthouse、聯絡沙發衝浪買外匯旅遊平安險,以及那吃不完的送別宴,每天都是一早忙到凌晨,而史先生居然還在接案子,怒!這可是84天的旅行呀~你老兄居然還老神在在,這傢伙實在不可信賴,他老兄兩手一攤說:我也沒辦法呀!出國前一定要結案呢,現在要趕著做,也沒時間弄行程了!  

 

原本我們很瀟灑的只定了三天的西班牙住宿,以及靠著在網路上,聯絡到的倫敦當地留學生,跟他們分租客廳;一共13天的住宿地點確定;但距離出國越近心理就越不安,萬一找不到便宜的住宿怎麼辦,萬一被搶劫怎麼辦,萬一有太多萬一怎麼辦……還是靠自己,先把住宿搞定一半,至少84天裡,有42天知道我會住哪裡,花費大概多少,這樣會比較安心吧!

於是先上了背包客棧搜尋資料,這裡有超多旅遊的資訊,而且大都是以省錢便利為原則,很符合我們這次出遊的精神,友人介紹可以到留學生網站詢問是否有短租,以及沙發衝浪上的免費住宿,林林總總,在12天內搞定,搞定了嗎?總之, 既去之,則安之

 

84天行程、 6個國家(馬來西亞 英國 西班牙 法國 捷克 匈牙利)12張機票、六晚沙發衝浪、兩晚夜宿機場  玩很大!宣布開始 ~~

 

補充 2006年去澳洲時的行李照片,(有圖有真相 )那時候兩個人的行李加起來快100公斤 ,人超好的XX航空地勤,居然沒算我們超重費,  IMG_7661.JPG

厚紙版內的是小摺 ,還有桌機(準系統)跟19吋螢幕...幾乎所有家當,我們都帶去澳洲囉!

 

不過這一次搭廉價航空亞航,還是不要輕易嘗試超重,免的被罰的哇哇叫,兩人行李總共託運35公斤,

其他就看隨身行李可以偷塞多少囉~

 

 

 

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IMG_0470.JPG 這是我在澳洲唸書有一次無意在網站發現,影響我的價值觀很深,在澳洲的每一天,我幾乎都是在一種滿足的快樂中度過,那種快樂是因為早晨空氣裡飄散的鬆餅氣味,陽光灑落身上溫暖舒服的溫度,路上行人親切友善的招呼,那是一種感染的力量,周遭一切的自在都讓我很快樂,回台灣後,我開始體會生活這件事情是什麼?我開始給自己設立一些目標,這些目標的原則是建立在快樂之下,如今我又有機會去完成目標,很幸運,也會很辛苦,但我很清楚這才是我要的..try to do something different, and try to find another opportunity.
 
The truth about happiness may surprise you
 
(CNN) -- The next time you are deciding between ice cream and cake, buying a car or taking a trip to Europe, accepting a new job or keeping your old one, you should remember two things: First, your decision is rooted in the desire to become happy -- or at least happier than you are now. Second, there's a good chance the decision you make will be wrong.
Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert summed up our failings this way: "People have a lot of bad theories about happiness."
It's not for lack of trying. The Declaration of Independence affirms that we have an inalienable right to pursue happiness, and it's something we do with a vengeance.
Americans will spend $750 million on self-help books this year and more than $1 billion on motivational speakers. More than 100 colleges now offer classes in positive psychology -- the science of happiness. With all those resources focused on achieving happiness, we should all be brimming with joy. (Watch paralyzed man describe how he stays so happy -- 2:12 )
So where do we go wrong? Gilbert, author of the recent book "Stumbling on Happiness," blames our culture, our genes and our imagination.
Our culture implores us to buy bigger, newer, better things, but research shows "stuff" does not buy happiness. By and large, money buys happiness only for those who lack the basic needs. Once you pass an income of $50,000, more money doesn't buy much more happiness, Gilbert said.
Our genes hardwire us to reproduce, but children have a small negative effect on happiness, research shows. If you're a parent reading this, you're most likely shaking your head. But Gilbert said the findings are clear when parents are asked about their level of happiness in the moment.
"When you follow people throughout their days, as they're going about their normal activities, people are about as happy interacting with their children, on average, as when they're doing housework. They're much less happy than when they're exercising, sleeping, grocery shopping, hanging out with friends," Gilbert said. "Now, that doesn't mean they don't occasionally create these transcendent moments of joy that we remember as filling our days with happiness."
Finally, our imaginations fail us, Gilbert said, because when we envision different futures we see either perpetual gloom or happily ever-after scenarios. In fact, neither unhappiness nor joy last as long as we expect. As you've probably guessed, winning the lottery will not guarantee a life of bliss.
By the same token, becoming disabled does not relegate one to a life of unhappiness. The disabled spend their days about as happy as the general population, according to Gilbert.
So what makes us happy? In general, the older you get the happier you get -- until you reach very old age.
According to a Pew Research Center survey, the happiest age group is men 65 and older; the least happy: men 18 to 29.
The survey also found:

Married people are happier than singles.

College grads are happier than those without a college degree.

People who were religious are happier than those who aren't.

Sunbelt residents are happier than other U.S. residents.

Republicans are happier than Democrats -- but both are happier than independents.
Nancy Segal, a professor at California State University, Fullerton, has spent her professional career studying twins and happiness. We all have an innate level of happiness, Segal said. The best we can do is boost our happiness a little bit above this natural "set point."
With that in mind, Segal said we should pass on buying lottery tickets and find small things we can do every day that bring us joy, whether it's going for a walk or cooking a meal or reading a book.
Robert Biswas-Diener is called the Indiana Jones of positive psychology because he has traveled the globe looking at happiness in different cultures.
"There is good evidence that people express at least some fundamental emotions like disgust, anger and happiness in a very similar way all around the world," Diener said.
Diener, who also is a life coach, says happiness from the most traditional cultures to the most modern depend heavily on close family and other human relationships.
If you want to do a better job predicting how happy something will make you, said Gilbert, the Harvard professor, you need to remember we are not so different when it comes to happiness.
"If I wanted to know what a certain future would feel like to me I would find someone who is already living that future," he said. "If I wonder what it's like to become a lawyer or marry a busy executive or eat at a particular restaurant my best bet is to find people who have actually done these things and see how happy they are.
"What we know from studies is not only will this increase the accuracy of your prediction, but nobody wants to do it," he said. "The reason is we believe we're unique. We don't believe other people's experiences can tell us all that much about our own. I think this is an illusion of uniqueness."
And if you're trying to decide between the new car and the trip to Europe, Gilbert said take the trip.
"Part of us believes the new car is better because it lasts longer. But, in fact, that's the worst thing about the new car," he said. "It will stay around to disappoint you, whereas a trip to Europe is over. It evaporates. It has the good sense to go away, and you are left with nothing but a wonderful memory."
 
繼上次去澳洲花了將近房子的頭期款後,這一次我們又即將花了快一台車的錢,
 nothing left but a wonderful memory..這句話說得真好~~
 

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人生即將邁入三十歲的當下,你還會有冒險的衝動嗎? 我們希望能保持衝動 直到100歲

 29歲這年,我和我的女朋友,一起辭掉穩定的電視台工作,一起領光所有的積蓄,一起面對週遭的人不可置信的樣子,不管啦!就是這樣,背起行囊,我們決定去流浪;半個月內,訂機票、結匯澳幣、拜別所有鄉親父老,Good bye台灣,Australia 我來了!現在回想,當時真的是一時衝動,但是這股衝動,卻讓我們長久以來的夢想實踐了。

 

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最初踏上澳洲的前三個月,我們來到布里斯本,重新回歸學生的身分,這段日子過得悠閒輕鬆,除了每個假日與海外學生party之外,澳洲的大都市,雪梨、黃金海岸、布里斯本,可都留下了我們的蛛絲馬跡,這個時候,我們就像是一般觀光客般,想把這些大都市一次走馬看花看得夠;而第三個月開始,我換了學校,來到距離布里斯本四小時車程的noosa,是個幾乎要被國家公園包圍的小鎮,但是女友還留在布里斯本,分隔兩地,卻讓我們各自結交許多澳洲的當地朋友,女朋友與澳洲人分租一大棟古老而傳統的歐式房子,住了兩個月後才發現,她的室友竟然是毒蟲,而她租的地下室就是個毒窟,一次撞見室友吸毒的畫面,把她嚇得半死;

 

而我租的房子卻是位於沙灘旁的小屋,室友們,John、Tom則是號稱最有魅力的澳洲男子漢,都是單身,卻都有一個私生子,澳洲人的生活真是"亂"喔!,不過他們都是不折不扣的好人,駕船出海釣魚、衝浪、露營,都是我們每天的日常生活,這裡對我來說就是一個遊樂園,而這個時期,我們則像是半個澳洲人般,跟當地人混在一起,參予他們的生活。

 

在noosa自在逍遙三個月後,邁入在澳洲生活的第七個月時,我來到塔斯馬尼亞島,如果說noosa是個遊樂園,那塔斯馬尼亞島便是個人間天堂,早在出發來到塔斯馬尼亞島前,我先一步加入了WWOOF,就是Willing Workers On Organic Farms,字面上的意思是在有機農場工作的義工,我先透過電話聯絡,並一個個篩選有機農場,希望能遇上熱心的農場主人,就憑著幾封e-mail、幾通電話,我又把自己置身在一個比台灣大兩倍的大島上,在這裡的身分,我是個義工,我待過四個有機農場,住在沒有水電的深山工寮、洗澡是露天浴,克難的環境下卻跟農場主人,累積了像家人般的感情,之後我更花了將近一個月的時間,將塔斯馬尼亞島五座主要的國家公園,一次走透透,我好像一個朝聖者,孤獨的一個人靜靜在山上,把自己的心沉澱,我雖喜歡爬山,也從未獨攀過,這次不知道哪裡來的勇氣,竟然一個人扛著沉重的登山背包,憑著一本地圖,就在塔斯馬尼亞的山上待了一個月,回想當時的心境,或許是抱著現在不做,一輩子大概也沒機會做了吧!

 

我很慶幸,自己在三十歲前,可以在他鄉生活一段日子,這十個月裡,我經歷了觀光客、學生、背包客、義工、甚至朝聖者的角色,而這段時間裡,我們睡過機場,被航警當成流浪漢驅逐;曾經被澳洲的小混混傷害,心情沮喪的要命,沒想到回台灣後,這些點滴回憶起來,卻如此令人懷念;在澳洲時,我們常遇到許多十來歲的日、韓大學生,他們休學一年來澳洲打工度假,在歐洲,他們很流行the gap year,意思就是利用一年的時間,到一個陌生的國度,進行冒險學習,每每在Backpacke遇到這些來自世界各地的年輕人時,就覺得台灣的年輕人實在可惜,有關海外的資訊實在太少,年輕人也把出國這件事,當成是需要花費很多金錢,或英文一定得嚇嚇叫的活動,不過說實在的,英文只要比手畫腳可以通,錢只要來回機票付的起,比較需要的是那麼一點衝動及勇氣,夢想的實踐,其實就在呎尺...

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Mon,26th Oct ’09                 Taipei to Kuala Lumpur (KUL)                      Airasia

Tue,27th Oct ’09                  Kuala Lumpur to London (STN)                    Airasia

Fri, 6th Nov’09                     London to Glasgow(prestwick)(PIK)              Airasia

Thu,12th Nov’09                   Glasgow to Malaga(AGP)                           Ryanair

Wen,18th Nov’09                  Jerez (XRY) to Madrid(MAD)                       Ryanair

Mon, Nov 23                          Madrid to Girona (Barcelona)                      Ryanair

3rd Dec 2009                         Barcelona- Budapest (Ferihegy)                  Ryanair

16. Dec 2009                         Budapest-Paris                                         Wizz

28. Dec 2009                         Paris Beauvais Prague                               Wizz

16. Jan 2010                         Prague- London Luton                                 Wizz

17th ,Jan 2010,                      London to Kuala Lumpur                            Airasia

Tue 19 Jan 2010,                    Kuala Lumpur to Taipei                             Airasia

 

說實在,當我訂完機票時也頭昏眼花了,全部是廉價航空公司, 但並沒有搶到"超"特價票,考量行程及時間, 五個國家12趟行程,一個人 機票費用約為42000台幣..

http://www.airasia.com/site/tw/tw/home.jsp

http://www.ryanair.com/site/EN/

http://wizzair.com/

多家比較,省一點 玩久一點...

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帶我去遠方  出乎意料


1.是一部悲劇  2.還帶點同性戀電影的意味在裡面

電視上的宣傳,刻意避開了裡面的悲劇,與同性戀成分,於是我以為這齣劇是描寫一個色盲小女孩
對於遠方色盲島的無限想像;當看到螢幕上的同性相擁鏡頭,從內心深處冒出來的
"不會吧!又是一部同志片嗎",難道台灣的弱勢題材只有小孩,殘缺跟同性戀嗎?
遺憾稍微在最後的鏡頭得到撫慰
生活在台灣很辛苦,尤其是最近,
天災,人禍,失業潮,環境的困難帶來生活的不平靜,於是每個人都覺得有
點"苦",苦的程度,可大可小,可以是痛徹心扉的大苦,可以是鬱悶難申的小苦,
遙遠的遠方,成為了希望寄託的所在,帶我去遠方,遠離這一切痛苦與憂傷,
現實生活很痛苦,劇中的小女孩,因為自己是色盲,覺得跟社會格格不入,想到太
平洋一個基因突變的島國,在那裡人人都是色盲,在色盲國裡,或許就可以找到
歸屬感,小女孩沒有母親只有一個酗酒的父親,出身貧窮,遙遠的色盲島對她而
言,只是一個不切實際的幻想,即使它真的存在,也遠在天邊

遠方真的存在嗎?
或是幸福真的存在嗎?

最近我也要去遠方了.
男友告別工程師頭銜,告別不錯的年薪
我  告別編導的工作,告別理想的公司
告別安定,告別薪水.
遠方突然一下子變真實起來
還好電影裡的最後鏡頭 遠方的一道彩虹.還是給了一絲絲希望

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