When coming home becomes the next adventure

National LibraryNormally, coming home is the end of an adventure. You’ve had a great time exploring the world and now, reality has called you back. Bugger. It’s when real life starts to sink back in.

This week has been a “rest” (less full on) week. I had enough time to reflect on what the rest of my year is going to look like. Real life… I mused to myself. What does that even look like?

Just to bring things into perspective, I’ve lived out of my car for 5 years. I’ve driven over 300,000km over those 5 years met some great people and seen some pretty spectacular things.

When I moved back into my apartment, I pulled my duvet/pillows out of my swag and made my bed. I then carried up a suitcase and a few pelican cases of photography gear. This was everything I needed to live my comfortable life. I don’t own much stuff. It surprised me how little I had. In the car, I felt like I always had too much. In a room? It looks pretty empty.

Whoops… Back to real life talk: At that point, I still hadn’t worked out what “real life” looked like in my world. I certainly didn’t want it to be the real life that I left behind 5 years ago. A life locked in a ‘normal’ weekly routine. I couldn’t get sucked back into that. I’d need another 5 years to reset!

I have a plan though. A plan to make sure that I don’t get sucked back into “normal”. When I’m asked what I did during the week, I never want to reply “Oh yeah, the same as usual”.

This year, my goal is to live intentionally, to keep exploring and re-discover home. Since I left Canberra 5 years ago, things have changed. I’ve changed and Canberra has changed. I’m going to re-explore the city that I’ve always called home. I might not be crossing Australia again in a hurry but I’m going to keep exploring and I’m going to take you along with me.

I’m back home and this is the beginning of a whole new adventure. Canberra, let’s show the world what makes this city great.

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P.S. I’ve just Co-Founded AusBackpacking. A project that aims to help young people travel Australia better. Please go check it out.

National Multicultural Festival 2011 – Canberra

This year, the National Multicultural Festival was held between February 11-13 and what fun it was! I tried some Russian and Indian food along with a Norwegian beer that tasted very stouty for a golden looking beer.

Richard and I had a great time capturing a few photographs of the event.

I enjoy how Richard portrays the event primarily though the performances. Whist my photographs are more of the people that were there.

With my trip coming up, I’ve had to sell a lot of gear and one of the things I parted with was my Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens which I loved for these types of events. I made do with my EF 24-105 f/4L IS and the results were great. Another piece of gear I’ve parted with is my 580EX II flash so quite a few of these photos were shot ISO 3200 upwards.

It just goes to show that no matter what gear you have, getting great photos is all about getting out there with what you have!