The promised blog and a deadline missed

Trip Start Dec 21, 2009
Trip End Jul 17, 2010

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

We’ve been experiencing a sense of déjà vu every time conversations about our trip come up. The basics of the conversation are as such:

Me: We’re going on a long trip, about 7 months
Someone else: Really? Where?
Me: (I rattle off the places we are going) then say, I haven’t really done it justice, Nicole knows way more about the logistics, I’m just coming along to play with my camera and carry the bags
Someone else: You’ll have to let us know where you are going
Me: Sure, I’ll take plenty of pictures and set up a blog.....

That leads me to killing two birds with one stone and the birth of this blog. I’ll try to update as often as possible without being too frequent about where we are, how we got there and what we might be experiencing – good or bad. Once in a while, I might even sneak in a geeky paragraph or two about something technologically related. Probably some gadget that I brought along that I could have done without. I can see my sister rolling her eyes at me right now. 

It’s a little scary putting your thoughts out there and having them critiqued by friends and family. Scarier is having a blog and having no one reading and no one commenting at all. Like a mate of mine says, “Girls might hate it when you look at them, but they hate it more when you DON’T look at them.” (Friend’s name has been obscured to protect the guilty). Anyway, I read enough of them and leave my comments all over them so why not have a crack at it myself. I hope that this blog can do one of two things. Either confirm/deny for you that a career break is a wise/foolish decision, or allow you to come along for the ride and see the world with us.

It’s been a hectic few days finishing things up for this trip. I thought we led pretty simple lives but trying to put our lives on hold in Australia has proved to be quite challenging. For me, the biggest casualty has been sleep. I also grossly underestimated the time taken to do innocuous things like cancelling an internet plan (25 minutes on hold + 15 minutes explaining that being “out of contract” means that I don’t have to pay any fees = 40 wasted and frustrating minutes). But with a deadline looming, your first priority is everything involving a 3rd party and fixed business hours (like getting visas), then everything else that only involves Nic and I starts becoming a daily withdrawal from the “Sleep ATM” where the only receipt you get is a line we mutter to each other, “Plenty of time for sleep in the next 7 months”. Of course, that statement in itself is a lie because on holidays, we’ll be saying, “Better get up and see the sunrise over some monument, plenty of time to sleep when we get home”.

Anyway, we handed keys over late on Sunday morning then spent the rest of the day experiencing the things we would miss most in the next 7 months. On that list were chilling out with our best friends along with final goodbyes to family before some much needed sleep.
Monday morning rolled around and after a quick repack, it was over to our favourite sandwich joint for a quick bite before heading to the airport. If you know us well, you’ll know where I’m talking about.

Geek Peek: It has to be the 10inch netbook that this blog entry is being typed on. Got it some time ago and bought another 6 cell battery to give me plenty of battery power when electricity is scarce. It’s also doubling as a charging hub for the other electronic devices I have brought along. Instead of bringing a power cord for each gadget, I can use one data transfer cable to charge everything. I’ve also got a large ziplock back to keep it dry. You never know......

This blog entry has gone on for way longer than I had planned. If you’re reading this late at night, then I hope it was worth making a withdrawal from the sleep ATM. Plenty of time to sleep tomorrow right?
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Judi on

Well done Col!

Dale on

Safe journeys, big man!

Jimmy on

Kepp on bloggin'

JLi on

Good stuff, Col! Keep it up. I'll make sure this blog will be read by someone sometimes.

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