Flying To A New Australian City Tomorrow
August 14, 2012 by admin
Last week, when the wind came up and my knees got weak (literally & figuratively) I decided to hie myself north, from Sydney to Brisbane for the next two weeks within this one month period which I have here during Australia’s winter. So, I fly tomorrow to a smaller town just below the Great Barrier Reef where temperatures will be warmer as it is closer to the Equator. Down here, one travels north to get farther away from the Pole. Ironically, the windy cold weather with temperatures in the 40’s, has passed and we are now seeing the sun again and days about 70 degrees.
Ah well, I’m glad to expand my horizons, even though I haven’t seen nearly all of the great sights right here in this fantastic city. This is because I was a walking-fool my first week here and I exhausted both kneecaps so thoroughly that they let me know that I must hang around the hostel during that cold, rainy flap. I would have done so, anyway. These are the terms of life on the road. One must take whatever weather and health issues that come along and find a way to bend them to one’s favor. So, I got some travel writing done. I studied the guide book on the South Pacific and made reservations for the first few nights in Nadi, Fiji, for August 31st. Another big piece of homework facing me is the design of a string of flights to keep me moving right along to the next islands: Samoa, American Samoa and Vanatu, before I head to Auckland, New Zealand.
Now I have a new computer to help me do that delicate and expensive work at my own pace, rather than the rare moments that I can snag a public computer in the hostel or an internet cafe. This is the first time that I will carry my own machine on my round-the-world journey and I hope that it will be worth the extra weight and care needed. Previous trips were shorter, so my ticketing was simpler. I just took what I could get in the way of computer time and I came out just fine. We shall see how this works out. A personal machine is so common these days…mostly ipads…. that almost everyone in an airport terminal, as well as on the plane, is deep in their own little cyberworld.
I hope that I can still enjoy personal conversations, reading and writing in my handwritten journal but I too, may fall for the ease of checking my email just one more time; or researching that burning new idea for a travel article, or simply reading all those tempting headlines that I usually ignore. Most likely, my setpoint lack of knowledge and sophistication about all the magical things that I can do on this machine will keep me blissfully in the dark about what I am missing not to be tuning in.
Heck, I’ll have enough trouble learning how to use my new 16 megapixel Canon Powershot camera, just upgraded from an old 7 mp thing that was taking blurry shots. I go forth well-equipped, with every prospect of making smart new friends in the hostels who will be happy to train me should I realize that I need it.
I do love the friends whom I have met along the way! Each one of them have become so dear, even if I’ve only spent a few hours with them. Several have been IGF’s – Intergalactic Friends – whom I have known in previous lives. That becomes apparent from the very beginning when we start off talking rapidly, filling each other in on the adventures we’ve had in the present life. One is Lois, a New Zealander on a short holiday with her niece. I’ll visit her in Rotorua, NZ, early next year and she has even lightened my load by taking with her some things that I won’t need in the meantime. Somehow, the hostel life makes this kind of getting acquainted much more possible than in more formal places, such as hotels.
Okay, time to put my laundry in the dryer and then I hope I can get everything into my suitcases. Some things never change! But, by the end of the month, I won’t need winter clothes any more and I shall conduct a giveaway. That’s another given of life on the road.