Hello dearest fellow travelers! I’m in my last week of travel in Australia; on Monday I’m off to Auckland and I’ll be in New Zealand for about six weeks. I’m enjoying Melbourne but I’m looking forward to exploring a new country. I’ll be spending Christmas with family friends, which will be great, and then the new year will find me in… Singapore? Thailand? I’m not sure yet! It’s exciting.
But before all that happens, let’s take a look at this week, which is a big deal in the States. It’s Thanksgiving tomorrow, and traditionally that means we eat a lot of food and watch a lot of football, but it also means we spend some time noting what we’re thankful for.
I’m incredibly fortunate to be on this trip in the first place, with all the love and enthusiasm of friends and family propelling me ever onward. I also have about 100 faithful readers of this blog, which is 99 more than when I first started out and my dad checked in every day (thanks, Dad!). I write the blog to keep track of my travels for myself, and to improve my writing, but also to reach people who want to read about where I’ve been and what I thought about it, and it’s gratifying to hear back that people enjoy what I’m putting out there.
I have yet to thank donors to the Stowaway Fund by name, as I promised to do, and the week of Thanksgiving seemed like a good time to do it. The people listed below contributed to the Stowaway Fund, so that I could hike around Uluru, snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef, and do other big-ticket activities that I might otherwise have skipped over. Some people also specified that their contribution was to be used on treating myself now and again to a beer or dessert, and that has improved my quality of life on this trip immensely.
Rog & Anne
Dan & Barb
Doug & Diane
Ted & Dana
Nancy & Jack
Jenny & Howard
Louis & Kathy
Jim & Martha
Mike & Marianne
Thank you all for your generous donations, and the kind words that accompanied them. I was able to see most of you before I left and give you great big hugs, but some I couldn’t, so to you I send hugs from the other side of the world.
I’ve been on the road for almost 12 weeks now, although it’s hard to believe it’s been that long. I’ve seen and done so much, and always with y’all cheering me on. I thought I’d be more eloquent in thanking you for helping me financially as well as emotionally, but I think it just comes down to: Thank you. I appreciate your help and your friendship.
Thanks also for your patience as I don’t post in real-time. It takes time to write the posts and choose the right photos for them, so although I know it’s annoying to read I’m already in Melbourne but you’re only just now seeing posts on Sydney, thanks for understanding why it’s going that way.
And now for some photos of what you’ve helped me do. Maybe these’ll speak a thousand words for me.
Happy Thanksgiving, and safe travels to wherever home may be.