I love to go a-wandering

November 17, 2011 at 12:41 4 comments

This has been a travel-happy year so far. I went to England with Mr. Manx in May, to make up for the awful aborted trip last year.

This is a horse having a bad day at the Horse Guards Parade. If I'd been the horse I'd have been cranky too, being photographed by all these crazy tourists. Damn you, crazy tourists!

Then I went to Melbourne in July and had a great time with my pseudonymed friends Mr. and Mrs. Monty (and their two tiny Montettes – let’s call them Hontette and Sontette), Camellia and Tinman. 

A glorious ramble through the National Gallery of Victoria and the Queen Victoria Park led to this lamp-post overlooking the Yarra River (which I’m just mentioning for reference; you can’t actually see it in this picture, sorry). I can’t swear to it, but this was probably along St Kilda Road. I think.

I thought that was going to be it for the year, but as it turns out, in the span of the next few weeks I will be taking short trips to Bali and Hanoi. I’m really excited because I love travelling and taking strange new photographs. On the other hand, I really hate flying and am terribly unprepared (planned itinerary – nope; changed money – oops; packed luggage – eh)… but that’s kinda part of the fun sometimes, isn’t it?


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. purplejake  |  November 17, 2011 at 13:03

    Honestly, we’ve done it again. I, too, was in England in early May. I wonder whether we crossed paths? Now I’m in Melbourne but we have already established that we missed each other by about a month. Next time, Katie, next time you’re here, be sure to look me up. You can show me round!

    • 2. Katie  |  November 17, 2011 at 13:30

      You must be joking. Three times in less than a year? I was in London (and Cambridge, Bath and briefly Cardiff) from about 17th – 30th May, give or take a couple of days ‘cos I’m chronically disoriented. Betcha we wouldn’t have this sort of luck in buying lottery.

  • 3. flaneurvric  |  November 18, 2011 at 04:05

    I’m, like 1% jealous of, and 99% excited for your upcoming trips. When you’re in Hanoi, will you have time to visit Halong Bay? If so, I can’t recommend it enough. My sister and I went, after flying into Hanoi, and for a pretty cheap price, we were able to book space on an overnight “cruise” around the bay on an “authentic Chinese junk”. It was awesome–lots of glorious scenery, but the cuisine provided on the ship was also excellent. All that said, the awkwardness of the phrase “authentic Chinese junk” IS something I wish I could expunge from my mind…two years later.

    Your pictures, as always, are lovely!

    • 4. Katie  |  November 18, 2011 at 08:48

      Coincidentally, “authentic Chinese junk” is the term I’d use to describe the stuff occupying half the precious floor space in my flat. Thank you for telling me about Halong Bay! I am looking for nice places to visit in Hanoi, although I’ll probably have to see it with my feet firmly on the ground, as I get miserably motion-sick on the water. I remember you blogging about your SEA travels and I must have another look for inspiration! :)


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