Friday, 4 November 2011

'And the Winner is Sydney...'

Regular readers of this blog will no doubt be aware that this year has been pretty shit. However, a trip to Sydney this week marked the brightest spot of 2011 for a number of reasons. The purpose of the trip to the Harbour City was to see a lecture at the Opera House by 2011 Sydney Peace Prize Winner, linguistics expert, and political theorist, Noam Chomsky, which I will write about in greater depth next week. The trip lasted less than 24 hours, but I learnt more about myself in that time than perhaps at any other time during this past year.

This was in no small part due to my travelling companion and friend (TCF) who accompanied me on the journey. The friendship I’ve developed with TCF is perhaps the most special thing I’ve acquired on my attempt to rediscover who I am as I begin to rebuild my life. I think the best time I spent on the trip to Sydney were enjoying the many deep philosophical and emotional conversations I had with TCF.

The trip to Sydney also allowed me to catch up with some wonderful people who I’ve waited a long time to see. Carly travelled to Sydney to continue her ever expanding love affair with Darren Hayes on his National Tour. As I fully expected with Carly, what you see and read on her blog is exactly what you get in person, as she regaled our fellow lunchtime companions with many entertaining stories. I was also able to catch up with another RampUp contributor and Sydney local, Leela, who unfortunately missed out on the chance to see Chomsky. I took great delight in recapping the main themes of the talk as well as undertaking a fascinating discussion on literature. Leela’s blog is full of wonderful writing and great stories, so be sure to check it out. Also enjoying the lunchtime gathering was a former student of mine (FS) who flew up and flew back in one day just to see Noam. Complete with customised shirt, I wondered if it was possible that an 86 year old political philosopher could have a groupie. FS certainly fits this bill as she hung off his every word. A wonderful lunch was had by all at a trendy Italian CafĂ© at Circular Quay overlooking both the Bridge and Opera House.

Each member of that lunchtime group had come from a diverse background and yet we had no problem gelling. That was really indicitive of the whole trip in a sense. With a push of encouragement from both TCF and FS who insisted that I take this journey to begin with I had one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life. Sometimes life is not meant to be so hard. It proved to be the first time in 2011 I was at ease with both myself and other people. And that is a step in the right direction.

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