“The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.”

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Gold Coast from the plane
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View of the Gold Coast from the plane
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Gold Coast

Confession time: I’m not a beach person. I burn easily, so it’s usually more hassle than relaxation for me. But my 18 hours on the Gold Coast in Australia may have changed my mind.

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Sign in the Coolangatta airport restroom. Australia: explain yourselves
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Surfer’s Paradise
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Marriott Resort

Technically, this was a “forced overnight:” a long layover that made my ticket to Thailand from New Zealand a ton cheaper. But I ended up using some hotel points I had stashed to stay at the Marriott resort in Surfers’ Paradise and made a little retreat of the deal. I arrived in Australia’s Coolangatta airport after a 3-hour flight from Queenstown and took a shared shuttle out to Surfers’ Paradise. After checking into the hotel, I took a long walk on the beach. It’s easy to see why this area is called the Gold Coast – the beaches are golden and inviting. I imagine on a prettier day it’s swamped with people.

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Gold Coast beach
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Gold Coast beach
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Gold Coast beach
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Sign on the beach in the Gold Coast

It was a little overcast, but I rather liked the moody skies over the water. Tides fascinate me. It’s a never-ending cycle of change that takes everything out and brings back what is meant to stay. If only we could be so systematic about the changes in our own lives: just accepting that change is our reality.

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Gold Coast beach
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Gold Coast beach
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Gold Coast beach
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Gold Coast beach
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Gold Coast beach
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Gold Coast beach

As I turned around to go back to the hotel, the sun made its appearance, and what a change it made. The waters and sand came alive with little crystals of light. I watched some seagulls wander in and out of the surf for an embarrassingly long time.

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Gold Coast beach
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Hibiscus flower
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Gold Coast beach
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Pool area at the Marriott Resort
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Pool area at the Marriott Resort
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Pool area at the Marriott Resort
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Pool area at the Marriott Resort
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Pool area at the Marriott Resort
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Lizard in the pool area at the Marriott Resort
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Gold Coast

After a short night, I took a taxi to the airport and hopped a plane back to Singapore and then on to Bangkok. And so began the third term of this journey.

Title quote: Joseph Conrad

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