Jul 22, 2011
It's been brewing for an understated 'while' ...
I've had more near misses getting back there than I dare to admit ... but it would seem the exotic lure of the Americas and Asia have kept this one postponed a little longer than I had intended ... 9 years!
Yet, here it is ... the time for planning my next cultural adventure is upon me ...
Perhaps Im looking for that contrast from what might seem so familiar now .... but it might just be that Im just a little homesick for the landscapes from my childhood.
I hope the time apart and the loss of familiarity will allow me to see this part of the world with new eyes ... to see what I no longer noticed ... and, as with any journey - to find fresh inspiration in wonderful people and places ... to discover their lifelines and share some of their stories.
Let the planning begin!
Feb 20, 2011
Jan 30, 2011
Yes, only four days before we are due to fly to Bali .... but it would appear Indonesia is warming up for our arrival in perhaps a more dramatic a fashion then we would like to anticipate .... Mount Bromo, a 2,300 metre volcano in eastern Java has decided to take up smoking in recent days, currently stranding around 1,500 passengers.
Im not sure that it’s particularly serious - however the ash cloud could quite easily create a few issues for our planned arrival ... hmm ... I guess we wait and see what comes of this bizarre predicament.
Closer to home it would also appear mother nature is planning to put on another show with Cyclone Bianca heading directly for Perth ... what started as a category 3 cyclone forecast as potentially the worst in 40 years for Perth, has thankfully now been scaled down to a category 1 which is still harsh but supposedly much less damaging. Its due to hit us in the next several hours .... awesome.
In the meantime thinking positive ... last minute organising still 100% go !
Jan 13, 2011
Coming up in just a couple of weeks, I am heading to Bali!
Despite being only a 3 hour flight from Perth, and relatively cheap - probably cheaper than heading over to any other Australian destination if you pick your timing right ... this will be my first trip over. I guess I've always figured if Im going to go somewhere, it might as well be one of the places on the top of my list.
This is not to say I haven't wanted to go, it would just seem that it's a destination that is best visited with a group of friends .... exactly how we are planning this trip.
I guess the twist comes in that we are planning to spend the first portion of the holiday in 5 star villas celebrating a friends birthday ... and the second half, experiencing the shocking third world truths of life there for certain locals ... behind the scenes ... away from the plush tourist villages.
I am joining a friend who is a reporter here in Perth who is taking the opportunity to write a story or two whilst over there. One covering the mistreatment of mentally ill individuals and one Doctors plight to bring treatment to these individuals and education to the communities. The other about the efforts of a couple of big-hearted women, I believe originally from Perth, who are fighting to maintain an orphanage they started.
I can't say I am all that prepared for what may await, especially in that second portion. But I hope to be able to capture something of these people to bring to my website at the very least. I go with simply an open mind armed with my sketch books and pens .... and a hell of a lot of mozzie spray to keep that Dengi Fever at bay! ...
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