As I pack for my arrival in Sydney tomorrow I am policing up all the lose change that has accumulated here and there and feeling like I am back in the pre-EU days of Europe. I have Euros and US dollars. Along the way I have added Canadian $ and coins to the mix. I managed to avoid changing any money in French Polynesian but have two left over stamps. From New Zealand I have both bills and coins (but since I will get back there, it is not that much of an issue). For some reason – I now also have a couple of Australian coins which I think were slipped to me in New Zealand. Going to Australia – not a problem! Finally, I still have a ten pound sterling note from the UK.
So there I am with fat wallet…..
Which really matches the fat suitcase.
I started with a simply packed suitcase and a duffle full of yarn. I managed to mail off several packages from the US to reduce the bulk (then Alison seemed to think I needed yarn in return). When I got to Hawaii I was able to gift a bit to Jeri (who seemed to think that I needed yarn in return). This left me still ahead till I bought a couple of games and some snorkel equipment. Mailed off packages to three off spring. Then there were a couple of clothing items purchased on sale (who brings one swimsuit anyway?).
Since then I have knit a few more items which now want to take up much more space than they did as balls. Oh? Did I mention the neat bags that Celebrity gifted me along with slippers? Why I want the slippers, no clue but they were added to the duffle which now barely closes leaving me with an extra bag containing my notebook, two books, change of clothes and knitting (oh, yes, and the bottle of water).
The backpack is heavier – the weigh of the used lenses I found by far exceeds the decrease from the small camera which is now safely with Maus in NYC.
This leaves me packed completely, good byes said and looking forward to the next adventure…
(who is posting this at a time when it is still the 22nd for most of you with the note that we are still about an hour from docking and the smell and taste of smoke is layered heavily on the water. The lights of Sydney are starting to appear outside my window and I now have to decide on outside with camera, or inside with clean air…