One thing that travel teachers you is that you are not as significant as you may like to think you are. Here I am in another country working 12 hour shifts while trying to establish a “writing career” with no idea exactly how to do this, I am also living in a small town just working and breathing and doing the same thing as I would be if I were back home. While people back home go about their lives thinking because I am in another country my life must be so fun and exciting. People don’t write often because they are too busy and think that as I am having such a great time I won’t notice.
I have decided to shut down the Facebook page associated with this blog. The reasons are many. The statistics are depressing and just proves that no one actually cares as much as I would have hoped. If you have indeed been enjoying this blog, I will be continuing writing. You can become a follower and hit the follow button on the side, add your e-mail details and posts will automatically be sent to your inbox.
My other blog, A Woman of my Word, is steadily increasing. Most seem to be more interested in my opinion than what I’ve been doing. If you are more interested in that blog you could Follow that instead. You will find it at:
It is just the Facebook page that will be disabled. I will still be posting on this blog, maybe not as regularly but still hopefully twice a week, depending on what I’ve been doing.
Today I cleaned the hostel for 5 hours. If you have ever worked as a cleaner you will understand how physical this work is. So I am feeling quite knackered. I still have 3 loads of laundry to do and will stay up until midnight to wait for late check-ins that will be coming off the ferry tonight. In the meantime I am on-call for the rest of the evening which is really the receptionist part of the job.
I did have a lovely conversation with a retired couple today. They told me they have seen plenty of Australia so it was time they saw a bit of the world. They did a three week coach trip around America and are now travelling around Canada. They head back to Australia in about three weeks and are just loving their travels and the people they meet. They were really friendly and interesting to talk to.
I think I am more inspired by the older travellers then the young ones that have done loads. I have met some truly wonderful people while travelling. I still remember the 85 year old New Zealand woman I met in a hostel in London. She travels by herself, leaving her husband at home, and will take off to a different place each year. Sometimes she will visit family other times she will stick a pin in a map and just go there. I only know her age because the woman I was talking to asked after she got talking to us.