Weeping for What Will Come and What Will Stay Behind

The tick-tock of time passing is getting very loud. Today is my Going Away Party. As I write I await the first of my guests. I feel anxious, nervous, excited and sad. When I planned for a prologue ride in Australia, which begins next Sunday, I was thinking of it as a test of my bicycle, my gear and my physical readiness. I’ve realised this week it will also, and maybe most importantly, be a test of my emotional readiness. I’ve been a bit sad all week. I love Sydney; I love my mates here, my life here and as …

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Understanding the Schengen Zone

I messaged the Italian and German consulates with questions about the Schengen Zone and I had a reply from Italy. My understanding had been incorrect. I had thought that you get 90 days in 180 days –  in the sense that two clocks start upon entering a Schengen country: a 90 day clock and a 180 day clock. When you leave Schengen the 90 day clock stops but the 180 day clock keeps going. When those 180 days pass you get a fresh 90 days in the next 180. But no: its 90 days in the past 180 days. So today …

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Should I Take That? Should I Take This?

Basically I’m having endless circular thoughts about gear. I’ve been thinking about clothes again, more. I’ve gotten two new pairs of Merino undies. I’m again leaning toward wearing the knicks and cycling tops I have, at least to begin with. For off the bicycle: I’ve the Kathmandu shorts and the travel skirt and the new Merino dress. I’ve the Midnight Oil t-shirt and the grey Kathmandu one or maybe Powell’s Books. Should I get something a little nicer? Something long sleeved? Will I sleep in my existing leggings and a t-shirt? Or should I take something more pyjama-like? Something loose …

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A Timely Reminder from Unclipped

I’ve been following Tegan Philips’ adventure on Unclipped since the begin … such a great and simple blog. Today, this reminder – I’ve been feeling a little stressed about my To Do list and the disappearance of days as I move toward a mid-April departure. I have the bike. I’ll get the most important stuff I’ll need. Adventure will happen. Thanks Tegan.

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This is Why I Use a Travel Agent – Problem Solved!

The best news of the day is that my Flight Centre travel agent Hannah has sorted me accommodation at the Airport Hotel in Doha at no extra charge to me. Sigh. That is why I use a travel agent. If I’d have booked my ticket on-line I’m sure I’d be shit out of luck. If my flight lands on time I bet I can be in my hotel room by 11:30 pm and my flight to Milan doesn’t leave until 8:30 am. Once the new itinerary and hotel voucher come through I’ll write to Hannah’s manager to let her know …

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