Thursday, 4 February 2010

I'm back

I've spent the last two months travelling around 'Down Under'. While I was away I kept a separate blog about the places I went to on www.itchyfeet23.blogspot.com - a blog which is currently running about 21 days behind schedule - so I'm back to writing this blog on my day to day life alongside the travel blog which I will update until it's complete.

I had a really great time. I left on December 6 and spent a couple of days in Singapore before flying to Perth in Australia. I stayed there for 11 days and then flew to Sydney in time for Christmas, where my kids joined me and we spent the Christmas and New Year with my brother and his family. After the kids went back to their various jobs/studies/travels, I flew to Christchurch in New Zealand, and spent the next three weeks travelling by coach and train and ferry through the South and North Islands, ending up in Auckland where I spent a couple of lovely days with some good friends. Back to Sydney, and a few more (less hectic than at Christmastime) days with my brother and family, before setting off back home via Bangkok (2 days).

I had a brilliant time, and found out that I have a lot more stamina than I gave myself credit for. Two months living out of a suitcase with no responsibilities is a great way to reduce stress levels to absolute zero. And yes, I was moving around so much that I didn't unpack, which made sure that I didn't accidentally leave anything anywhere. Though I must admit I spent one whole day as I travelled from one place to another thinking that I'd forgotten my phone charger at the last motel, because I couldn't remember putting it back in the suitcase after using it. However, when I checked in to that night's motel or hotel and opened my suitcase I found that it was safely there, much to my relief.

I met a lot of really nice people. Once or twice I would meet the same people again in another place a few days further along, and that was always a real treat, and we'd greet each other like long lost friends! But the best ice-breakers were winery tours where you'd start the day with a group of total strangers and end the day with everyone chatting and laughing and on the best of terms.

9 comments:

Icy BC said...

I'm glad you're back, and had a great time traveling. It sounds so wonderful to see the world in person.

Jeanette said...

Welcome back! WOW! How great is all that traveling you got to do!? I will be heading over to your travel blog soon!

Anvilcloud said...

I will continue to look forward to your itchiness reports. I know it's hard to keep posting in retrospect, but i hope you manage.

Donna said...

Glad you made it back Safe and Sound!! I know you had a Great time!!hughugs
PS- Got another trip planned?

Anne Lyken-Garner said...

Sounds like you had loads of fun, Dabrah. How wonderful it must have been. Glad you're safely back.

Donna said...

Gracious, I wondered where you had wandered off to! What a GRAND adventure! I'm so jealous, LOL. I'll have to check on your other blog now...

Sally said...

Welcome home, Dee!!! I'm so glad you had such a fantastic trip!! ((((hugs)))))

Herman said...

Welcome back Dabrah! I enjoyed your traveling stories and I'm glad you are going to update until it is complete. That was quite an experience so far from home.

Shammickite said...

I had a look at your travel blog and I was so envious! I'm so glad you had such a great time. I'm beginning to think that I'll be doing something similar in the near future. I loved NZ and Aus when I was there. When's your next adventure? Maybe I'll come with you.