Jul 17, 2010

Election Results and An Election Announced. Taxing Times.

We've finally decided where to go on holiday this August.  

It was a short campaign but Japan won because it will the first time both Mr SSG and I have visited the country.

  • It will be a completely new adventure for us both.  
  • There will be a mix of city, culture, history and nature places that we both want to see.
  • The train system makes it so easy to get from one place to the next.  
  • Not to mention the food.  
  • I can remember some of my high school Japanese.
  • You're never too old to go to Disneyland.
The current plan is to divide our time between bases in Tokyo and Kyoto with day trips to various places of interest from these.  Is it wrong to be also excited about the chance to visit the revamped Sydney International Airport with its claims of being able to relieve pre flight tension (PFT)?

What better place to hunt for travel guides for Japan than Books Kinokuniya.  

The Galleries Victoria was featuring a series of installations to commemorate the Tour De France.

Looking at the suspended bicycles made me feel like I was about to be carried away on an adventure far, far away.  

Which isn't far from the truth.  I'm really looking forward to Japan.

I like the idea of being immersed in a completely foreign culture as I travel with Mr SSG.  It will really encourage us  engage with the city that we're visiting rather than just living the life we live in Sydney but overseas.  If this makes sense.  Traveling is our opportunity to break out of our daily routine and live a little unpredictably.

The other(!!) big news of the day is Julia Gillard's announcement that an Election has been called for Saturday August 21, 2010.  During the press conference, we were all encouraged to 'move forward' and 'appreciate a good education' and something about health and another far reaching thing about border protection and also something positive about the economy.

I don't know if this is exactly what the Prime Minister had in mind, but I moved forward this afternoon.  With my tax return.

Here I am waving my magic wand over my files of deductible expenses and a wishful old shopping bag containing my 09/10 group certificate.  Will the magic wand approach be more effective than that book about wishing for and picturing in your mind you want most in life.  Will the group certificate be transformed into hand bag?

I'm patient with important matters such as this.  I'm willing to wait for as long as it takes.  I've a mug of green tea and a new bar of dark chocolate to keep me going.


  1. Gosh you are organised with your tax! I will do mine next week. e-tax does not work on a Mac :(

    And I am super excited about your holiday, can't wait to read the blog entries. I like your way of thinking - enjoying the challenge of living in that culture rather than just living like you would in your hometown.

    Happy Sunday!

  2. So does this mean that you will need to cast a vote of the postal variety?

    Yes I believe it was 'moving forward' on no less than 31 occasions?! Ha, here's hoping that your tax return campaigns just as hard on behalf of your holiday spending monies :)

  3. take lots of pics of street scenes....the style is really cool in Japan.

  4. Well the new international terminal is extremely expensive now and there's no more Mimco. That said it has lots of lovely things to look at.

    Japan is fantastic, and so clean and efficient. Well signposted too. Everything works there. You feel grimy when you come back to Sydney! Haha!

    I did Kanagawa and Tokyo. Uhm... don't pack too much either - there'll be many things you may want to buy! Definitely eat like the locals! Avoid anything that looks too westernised - will be expensive/disappointing.

    Oh oh oh and... visit Harajuku if you have time, it's a fabulous place and has all the big shops as well as great streets and crazy style.

    Have a great trip!

  5. Lanelle: Thanks for tips re Japan. Especially about the food.

    christine: will do.

    Emma: I think I will just go in person to an early polling booth.

    SSG xxx

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