Spamdemic…#3

Friday morning and the streets here are getting emptier every day. Fewer and fewer people are venturing out; a combination of the smoke and the fear of Covid19. There's still the odd Westerner about, but we're definitely the minority now - the rowdy groups of backpackers and lovesick honeymooners are largely gone. The usual streetscapes … Continue reading Spamdemic…#3

Spamdemic…

Hmmm. I may have done something stupid. Dubbo was doing my head in after almost 3 weeks so, irritated by the the ineffective plodding of our government and hysterical coverage of Covid19 pandemic by the Australian media, I've decided (after much angst) to bite the bullet, get the FUCK out of Australia and see whats … Continue reading Spamdemic…

processing…

Back in Dubbo for a week now - a city of endless straight lines and unforgiving heat - these first 10 days of re-entry spent in a seesawing fever/fugue state brought on by the lightning fast onslaught of influenza picked up on Day 1 in Christchurch.  No, it wasn't Coronavirus just a vicious flu and … Continue reading processing…

Correction…

Well dang! Turns out I won the New Zealand Antarctica tech job but didn't get a place on the boat for the Australian Antarctic Division this season. So no Davis Station for a third season in a row or last voyage on the Aurora Australis before she retires. What happened? So much for my plans. … Continue reading Correction…

careful what you wish for…

Well that was fast! Recent travel plans are now put on hold temporarily to brush aside some dusty cobwebs and explore a dim light shining through a slim crack of opportunity; looking to gain a tentative fingerhold back at the Antarctic Division in Hobart. I've been 'home' in Dubbo just under two weeks now and … Continue reading careful what you wish for…

so hot right now…

36C (96.8F)... Ya know I gotta say it. It's so bloody hot today. 39.1C in Hobart last Friday was bearable - a sleepy city by the ocean, cooled by the sea breezes (even it it was a chokingly hazy breeze, thick with the smoke of countless wildfires burning Tasmanias forested areas to the bare earth). … Continue reading so hot right now…

ktm…

It's so good to be back in Nepal. Last time I visited here was in late 2014, traveling with my then-partner and tangled in the death throes of a relationship breaking down. Nepal was a mixed bag of sweet and sour experience that forced me to make some hard decisions about my life. A few … Continue reading ktm…

F(ight)T(he)P(ower)…

Where the Hell am I now? Kathmandu, Nepal... It's Tuesday yes? -  had to check - losing track of time means I'm doing this right 🙂 So far today has been constructive - found an amazing little cafe in Thamel  - The Cafe With No Name - that is tucked away in a tiny alley … Continue reading F(ight)T(he)P(ower)…

city of cats…

Has it really been a month already? Sorry about that - I've been busy doing and not writing about doing for a change. Lets catch up. Hows life with you? Great to hear! Me? I'm currently in Istanbul, Turkey taking the long way home via Turkey and Nepal before heading back down to Antarctica in … Continue reading city of cats…

stinkyman… (2 carriages : 1 bitch part 2)

... so where was I? OK. Oradea. Stunning place. I step a long half meter down to the platform - Ms Shittypants has waited til last to leave as well. We carefully avoid eye contact as we hit the concrete: thankfully she is quickly lost in the crowded station. The station is tiny! Pushing through … Continue reading stinkyman… (2 carriages : 1 bitch part 2)