A Big Drink

A Big Drink

After much fussing about, searching for CD’s (never to be found), I teach Janette about placing your iPod in a cup-holder for instant speakers the MacGyver way. We decide which one of us will be Thelma (Janette) and which is Louise (me, as I’m the...
Virgin Germs

Virgin Germs

And we’re off! It’s time for Brisbane and, after a less early morning than some flights (yet too early for me), I grab an Uber and head off to the airport. This is only my second Uber ride – the first being last week, from one AirBnB to another...
Yo-Ho-Ho and a Bottle of Rum

Yo-Ho-Ho and a Bottle of Rum

I’ve written before about my ritual for when the vote comes in. I drink a glass of a good single malt whiskey to toast my next location and new adventure. No scotch whisky for me today. Today’s celebratory drink is rum, which seems a bit more appropriate. While you...
AirBnB Careful

AirBnB Careful

When I arrive in Sydney, I’m happy to see that both my bags have also arrived. The host of the AirBnB which I’ve booked has listed options to get from the airport to his place which include: taxi (approximately AUD$50), train and bus combo, and airport...
Lord Howe I'll Miss You

Lord Howe I'll Miss You

This morning I head over to the museum and order up a coffee and spinach and cheese wrap from the coral Cafe with the intent of publishing a story. When I sign on to the Very Expensive WiFi (VEW) of Lord Howe Island, I’m shown that I have 70kb left. It should be...
Fore!

Fore!

It’s a bit of a lazy morning and, when the afternoon arrives, Farmer Jane and I venture out to enjoy some of the fresh air of Lord Howe Island. We head off on the easy Transit Hill hike which takes us through the jungle (yet actually on a trail and not through the...
Kids Say the Darndest Things

Kids Say the Darndest Things

After the lovely glass-bottom boat tour of this morning, the afternoon is spent sitting on the porch, chatting with Farmer Jane and writing, while enjoying the intermittent rain showers. The evening is spent chatting, drinking wine, and eating pizza. (Kongy goes to...
Go Big or Go Home – Vote

Go Big or Go Home – Vote

This vote is now closed. Stop by Yo-Ho-Ho and a Bottle of Rum to see the results and follow along! It’s time again for the next vote, and this is a big one! While Texans like to say, “Everything is big in Texas,” Australians would beg to differ. You see, they have...
Lord Howe Island From Land and Sea

Lord Howe Island From Land and Sea

This morning I awake, hop in the shower (it’s one of the few places I’m warm), and head out through the trees to stand on Lagoon Road and wait for Peter, from Chase ‘n’ Thyme Tours, to pick me up. Though not originally an islander, Peter is married to a Thompson girl,...
Farmer Jane and Kongy

Farmer Jane and Kongy

It’s always strange seeing someone you’ve known in one set of surroundings, in a completely different scenario. As I mentioned I know Kira from my time onboard Disney Cruise Line, when we both wore white adjustable pants and gold stripes on our shoulders. This week...
Past Residents and Present Life

Past Residents and Present Life

Just after 2:00pm my 29-seater plane approaches Lord Howe Island (LHI). I know this because the folks on the right-side of the plane are clearly entranced by something they’re seeing and, unless it’s that Twilight Zone episode with the crazy man walking...
Lord Howe Did I Get Here?

Lord Howe Did I Get Here?

Wake up! It’s 3:40am and I’m up. Weren’t you supposed to provide the wake-up call? Luckily I had the iPhone as back-up. I’m actually ready on time which means I’ve most likely left something behind. Fine, I can’t find one of the...
Going Head2Head to fight childhood poverty

Going Head2Head to fight childhood poverty

Well hello Virtual Travel Buddies. Thought I’d throw a little update out to you. I leave for Lord Howe Island tomorrow (well, here in New Zealand time). I’m not just taking an airport shuttle, I’m taking a Super Shuttle. What makes it super is beyond...