February 03, 2003
as i'm not travelling any
as i'm not travelling any more (it's almost been a month since i got back!) i'll be posting back in dailyish again.
however, feel free to read my past travel entries.
January 24, 2003
take me home
i've returned to a country with a bushfire moon, and directions to head south spangled across the sky.
yesterday the sun painted a building with molten gold and there are rainbow lorikeets nesting in the tree across from the bus stop.
there are new sounds and friends with new hair cuts. i will move into a new home with old memories and old objects loaded with history.
a boy i love may become my best friend, or he may dissolve into a solution of my memories. the paths we have chosen will write the future, but we don't know our directions yet.
i have new found feelings of independence and strength. i want to go away and come back, over and over again. in many ways the return makes the travel worthwhile.
i call this country home, and i cried when i saw my homeland again.
January 21, 2003
safe and sound
i've been back home for just over a week now.
i still haven't been able to condense my response to finishing travelling and being back in adelaide down to a succinct blog entry.
i am feeling happy about being home. but i do miss practising the art of travel an awful lot.
i'm already formulating plans in my head and writing lists on paper about three months in southeastasia at the end of 2003. and elaborate ideas of accompanying chris on the trans mongolian railway to moscow are also filling up space in my mind.
January 19, 2003
over the waves
i've put pictures which other people have sent me over here.
August 23, 2002
on the road - news becomes disjointed
i´m glad i get mailouts from the australian, otherwise i might have returned to australia thinking that natasha stott despoja was still leader of the democrats.
August 11, 2002
July 27, 2002
lonelyplanet lost adventure travel writing
June 14, 2002
i'm not afraid of flying. i'm afraid of dying.
am i going down? (site no longer exists) offers some travel tips.
Personalised mortality statistics for Pippa [Adelaide to Madrid].
1 in 60612218
That's really quite good for this route.
April 29, 2002
i've always thought of new zealand as just the country next door to australia. i've seen the piano, read green dolphin country by elizabeth goudge, but i'd never really thought that going there would be fun.
heading off to new zealand would be kinda silly as i'm going in the opposite direction this big trip, but maybe in a year or so?
a $700 return flight from adelaide, $50 a day?
just try and stop me.
March 18, 2002
birthday in prague?
this year i'm going to be spending my first birthday in a completely different place from my loved ones.
last year i woke up by myself in my old share house. that was a strange day. aidan was busy studying so i didn't stay the night with him. and i woke up and walked around my cold, damp, oven-not-working, taps-falling-off-the-shower-walls sharehouse feeling a little bit lost. expecting a cup of tea from my mum. a grunted greeting from my little brother. a happy h-birthday h-heather from my step-dad h-ed (we're a bit weird in my family).
i took photos of myself looking grumpy and then took a photo of chris, the first person i saw when i turned 22.
this year i'm going to be in a completely different country, continent, state of mind.
will i be waking up in prague, spain, greece or croatia?
who will be the first person i see? an aussie backpacker, a loud american or the waiter who serves me my morning coffee? who's going to be the person bemused when i say "fromage!" and take a 23rd birthday first person photo?
February 27, 2002
my shortlist of travel destinations is coming together.
denpasar (bali), then bangkok, london, portugal (own travel to... spain, italy, greece, turkey, romania, hungary, slovakia, czech republic, poland, sweden,finland), london? adelaide.
or maybe denpasar then london and i'll visit thailand when i eventually go over to vietnam as well.
February 19, 2002
cuba. i think i'll go to cuba.
of course. getting to cuba is probably not easy on a round the world ticket. but after seeing the secret life of us (which only had characters who had been to cuba) i have to say, i really want to go. but maybe another trip. when i go to the us. and then cuba would be in the general area.
February 17, 2002
i want to not be here. i want to be in fantastic places with lovely people. and then i'll post about it to city stories.