I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to visit such a beautiful place. I’ve always felt privileged growing up in a beautiful country like Australia, it’s a place of great weather, breathtaking scenery, multiculturalism, hygiene and very friendly people, but I think Tasmania has to be the epitome of all those things. When I was younger, I never appreciated the natural wonders of life and took much of that for granted, but moving back to Hong Kong and being based there for several years, I realised that it’s very difficult to see places like Tasmania these days.
Tasmania has air so crisp and clean that you feel like you are detoxing your body when you take in every breath. There are no high rises and large infrastructures, and everywhere you go you see beautiful scenery and a lot of flora and fauna. When I visited many of the tourist destinations, I never hesitated once to think about the hygiene of those places for example tasting fresh oysters straight from the farm at Barilla Bay, or drinking from the lake at Curringa Farm.
I was also very touched by the sincerity of the people there. Everyone was so genuine, friendly and hearty, it was contagious. I admire that people still have a lot of passion for the simple things in life for example cooking, growing organic vegetables and fruits. Things which a lot of people pay a high price for in the cities yet in Tassie still take for granted.
Tasmania also possesses high quality produce – seafood, wines and a large range of meats.
I felt really ashamed that I never took the initiative to visit Tasmania all those years that I lived in Australia, I think it is definitely a place that’s worth going and I think Local Australians should be the first ones to visit this unique neighbouring island-state. I’ve recommended all my fellow Australian friends to go. It’s really hard to describe in words, but I think once you have visited you’ll understand what I mean.
Lots of love,
Sarah Song 宋熙年