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A thing I forgot to mention before: I stopped off at Chester Forest Camp on my way to Pemberton -- it's a protest camp on a site where they're due to start logging in the New Year. It's an absolutely beautiful area, pristine forest (which, y'know, you can't get *back* once you've chopped it down), and the extent of the logging that's going on all around there is pretty shocking. I saw the banners up as I rode past them, hence stopping to say hello & talk about direct action & compost toilets :) Another piece about the support camp at Karridale.

Currently I am in Adelaide, staying with Pat (the sister of a friend of my Mum's), who is v nice. There is discussion of winery-visiting at the weekend... The two days on the train back from Perth were fine -- I had a double seat to myself, & had a nice chat with a lawyer from Sydney over dinner. Plus we were all serenaded in the dining-car last night by one of the other passengers who was a musician & had brought his guitar with him. Quite bluesy stuff, not at all bad. I am kind of fed up with sleeping on the floor, though, even if it *is* more comfortable than the seats.

Melbourne on Monday, then Tasmania at the end of next week! And it is getting alarmingly close to Xmas although I find this very hard to get to grips with as it is *sunny* out. Does. Not. Compute.
juliet: (Default)
A thing I forgot to mention before: I stopped off at Chester Forest Camp on my way to Pemberton -- it's a protest camp on a site where they're due to start logging in the New Year. It's an absolutely beautiful area, pristine forest (which, y'know, you can't get *back* once you've chopped it down), and the extent of the logging that's going on all around there is pretty shocking. I saw the banners up as I rode past them, hence stopping to say hello & talk about direct action & compost toilets :) Another piece about the support camp at Karridale.

Currently I am in Adelaide, staying with Pat (the sister of a friend of my Mum's), who is v nice. There is discussion of winery-visiting at the weekend... The two days on the train back from Perth were fine -- I had a double seat to myself, & had a nice chat with a lawyer from Sydney over dinner. Plus we were all serenaded in the dining-car last night by one of the other passengers who was a musician & had brought his guitar with him. Quite bluesy stuff, not at all bad. I am kind of fed up with sleeping on the floor, though, even if it *is* more comfortable than the seats.

Melbourne on Monday, then Tasmania at the end of next week! And it is getting alarmingly close to Xmas although I find this very hard to get to grips with as it is *sunny* out. Does. Not. Compute.

Adelaide!

Nov. 10th, 2008 04:14 pm
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I am in Adelaide! Train journey was once again not *deeply* comfortable, but I was in the seat at the back which has a big floor-space behind it; and this time I had my sleeping bag & pillow. So I curled up on the floor there which was a great improvement on the seat. (I think I have the same seat to Perth. Good.)

Things I have:
- an Aussie mobile phone. +61 414 149 280. Haven't actually switched it on yet, but when I do, I can now send cheaper texts, and receive calls without being charged nearly a pound a minute. I can also pick up voicemail. The UK number will still work under existing conditions, i.e. I don't have it switched on all the time & I basically can't use it outbound even for text because it's extortionate.
- a second Moleskine notebook (for journal) and more ink, as I am nearly out of both.
- new pants, see below.

Things I do not have:
- my hemp trousers.
- one of the pairs of pants that left the UK with me.
I suspect they both got left in the same place. Ah well; the trousers were really a size too big anyway, and instead I have lovely Young Person's Trousers (i.e. they come to mid-calf) in that colour they call mocha, which I picked up in Darwin.

Things I temporarily do not have:
- Little Bagpuss, who is travelling independently (via the Singaporean/Aussie mail systems) from Singapore to Aus. Oops.
- a bank account. I went to ANZ & they said that their standard account costs $5 a month & charges for non-ANZ ATMs and doesn't pay any interest at all. I left the account-opening until tomorrow so I can investigate whether this is standard.
- a haircut. But I am going to get one in 5 min, so hopefully I will look a bit less like a hedgehog. (I have decided to grow the ultrashort out, but it needs *something* done to it.)

Adelaide!

Nov. 10th, 2008 04:14 pm
juliet: (Default)
I am in Adelaide! Train journey was once again not *deeply* comfortable, but I was in the seat at the back which has a big floor-space behind it; and this time I had my sleeping bag & pillow. So I curled up on the floor there which was a great improvement on the seat. (I think I have the same seat to Perth. Good.)

Things I have:
- an Aussie mobile phone. +61 414 149 280. Haven't actually switched it on yet, but when I do, I can now send cheaper texts, and receive calls without being charged nearly a pound a minute. I can also pick up voicemail. The UK number will still work under existing conditions, i.e. I don't have it switched on all the time & I basically can't use it outbound even for text because it's extortionate.
- a second Moleskine notebook (for journal) and more ink, as I am nearly out of both.
- new pants, see below.

Things I do not have:
- my hemp trousers.
- one of the pairs of pants that left the UK with me.
I suspect they both got left in the same place. Ah well; the trousers were really a size too big anyway, and instead I have lovely Young Person's Trousers (i.e. they come to mid-calf) in that colour they call mocha, which I picked up in Darwin.

Things I temporarily do not have:
- Little Bagpuss, who is travelling independently (via the Singaporean/Aussie mail systems) from Singapore to Aus. Oops.
- a bank account. I went to ANZ & they said that their standard account costs $5 a month & charges for non-ANZ ATMs and doesn't pay any interest at all. I left the account-opening until tomorrow so I can investigate whether this is standard.
- a haircut. But I am going to get one in 5 min, so hopefully I will look a bit less like a hedgehog. (I have decided to grow the ultrashort out, but it needs *something* done to it.)

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