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January 17, 2015



Returning to Perth from Katoomba via Sydney on a Virgin Australia flight last Monday, I overheard a young passenger’s travelogue:

This is like a bubble.

We are inside the bubble.

We can’t get out.

Apt metaphor… My bubble included a suitcase and carry bag containing electronic essentials (camera, iPad) and a book. While the views outside catalogued continental shift, most noticeable was the contrast in weather.

Initially, from Perth’s dry, summer heat with endless clear skies, I travelled into a sticky, overcast and tropical Sydney. Then, with my Sydney-dwelling friend, the bubble stretched by train to the Blue Mountains where thunderclouds brewed.


Rain descended.

Simultaneously, beyond the bubble, it was disconcerting to learn from news updates that bushfires plagued Perth.

We booked into The Carrington Hotel where phone lines had failed.


We settled on the terrace…


…admired leadlights and marble flooring.


Took photos:







dined, and 

appreciated lush gardens 

along with spectacular views.





The book I carried along with me offered reassurance that

A journey is never a simple thing. The hitches and the boredom, the missed connections and the empty hours are the price that must be paid for leaving one’s real life and entering an unreal one. On the other hand, this temporary real life has its advantages. You have nothing to think about except the logistics of the journey itself, in all their maddening detail (Osborne, 2006, p. 101).

Selected reference

Osborne, L. (2006). The naked tourist: In search of adventure and beauty in the age of the airport mall . New York: North Point Press.

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