Australia

Australia kind of grew on me but only after my trip to the country.  The cities in Australia are nice, but not spectacular; Australia’s oldest city, Sydney, is just some 200 years old.  Same for the nature, nice but not spectacular; any other continent has higher mountains, bigger deserts, wilder rivers, bigger forests, …

So what is it then about Australia?  For one thing, there are animals there that you won’t find anywhere else.  But what struck me most was that feeling that you are so far away from the rest of the world.  Australia is remotely located but it also feels like that.  Something difficult to describe, you have to be there to feel it.  And it was that feeling that made me long for the country again.  Not the cities, not the nature, but the feeling that you are somewhere else, somewhere far, far away from the rest of the world.