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Writing, packing and life decisions

March 2, 2011

So delicious. So Mauritius.

The days are flying by and there’s a good chance I might not be able to post anything before we head off on our big trip on Saturday, so I thought I’d give a quick update.

First, go ahead and check out a post I have contributed to travelwithamate.com on 6 reasons to visit Rottnest Island.

Second, we went to the Perth International Beer Festival this past weekend, which was insanely hot (I’m sure it was over 100ºF), but we got to try beer from Mauritius, which was cool.

And that reminds me that this has apparently been the longest/hottest summer Perth has ever had. I guess we really brought the heat! (Did I mention we don’t really have A/C?) This summer has broken records for most days (consecutive and total) over 30ºC (86ºF) and most nights over 20ºC (68ºF). I’m not sure if it’s interesting, consoling, or what, that this has been the most sweltering summer ever for Perth. It makes me feel a little bit better about how much I have felt like I am melting away (again, no A/C!), sweating into the bed at night, but I also feel like – why did it have to be this summer? Well, we can say we survived the worst! In other news,  I am of course wrapping up my time with Nifnex. (I figure I should give them a shout out – check them out if you’re looking for a job in Perth! –  or what kind of marketing manager would I be?)

The last minute planning for our awesome Ningaloo trip continues. I can’t decide if I want to spoil it with revealing our itinerary. (UPDATE: you can find it here with links to the posts on what we did!) Well, in all honesty we don’t have a very solid one yet (nor do we plan to) as we’re to try to be flexible (as much as you can be with 9 days and thousands of kilometers to cover) and work out time distribution and stops as we go, depending on our mood and preferences. So while we will be for sure hitting up Coral Bay and Exmouth, the rest is really up in the air.

Also I have a few side projects and pieces and I’m working on, for this blog and some other sites, based on the upcoming trip and on some other things. I am trying to reach out and get my writing out in other ways. I think doing some non-travel-related writing for work has gotten a bit of a writing spark back in me, so I want to take advantage of it!

Busy busy busy

Finally, there is a lot to do in wrapping up our time in Perth, and Australia, in general. There’s a lot of cleaning and packing to be done, plans and decisions to be made. There are people to see before we leave, excess baggage fees to plan and pay (yes, I already know I am going to have to drop around $100+ to check an extra bag on my Qantas flight from Perth to Sydney, and it’s cheaper to pay ahead of time!), and resettlement plans to be made… jobs to be searched for, living situations to be decided, and general big life decisions to be made.

As you can see there are a lot of thoughts in my head and things to be done, and I’m just not sure in the next couple days there will be time for me to post much of anything here. And then it could be 9-10 days before I am able to post again, unless we stumble across a McDonald’s or other free wifi opportunity along the way (I’m not holding out for it). As a passenger only, I will have to be entertaining Oscar as much as I can, but I will try to do as much writing as possible on the trip as well so I can get something up relatively quickly, hopefully in between our arrival back in Perth and my departure three days later for the US!

P.S. By my calculations, if I have 2.5 days left until we leave on our trip, and 3.5 days after our return until I leave for the US, that means I only have a total of 6 days left in Perth. That’s less than a week!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 2, 2011 3:35 pm

    Great job writing for Travel With a Mate — love Matt and his site.

    • March 2, 2011 3:41 pm

      Thanks Lauren! I am really glad to be part of such a great site 🙂

  2. March 3, 2011 6:51 pm

    Having no airconditioning in the Australian summer can be quite annoying. I remember having to sleep in 25 degrees at night, doesnt really work for me. Great that you are visiting the Ningaloo Reef, diving with Whale Sharks is one of the things I would really love to do! But didnt have time to do it last time I was in Australia.

    • March 3, 2011 8:50 pm

      Yeah – it is HOT! Hard to handle! I would love to dive with whale sharks too, but it is really expensive and I’ve just found out that they might not be starting the tours until the week after we’re in Ningaloo 😦 I guess we’ll just have to see once we get up there! Otherwise, it’s just another excuse to come back…

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