Showing posts from January, 2010


"I leafed to a passage that had to do with reaching one's destination...  'This is a great moment, when you see, however distant, the goal of your wandering.  The thing which had been living in your imagination suddenly becomes part of the tangible world.  It matters not how many ranges, rivers or parching dusty ways may lie between you; it is yours now for ever.' "
-- Alice Steinbech, Without Reservations

It was a cold evening/morning -- much colder than I expected.  I had a flashback to a middle-school-aged-me watching a science video about the extreme temperatures in deserts.  Now, I didn't regret smashing my poofy sleeping bag into a small suitcase & hauling it across the continent.  I awoke to my first dull day in the red center with foggy windows and the morning sun low in the sky.  Though the sun was blinding it did little to warm the air, and the shade was downright frigid.

My insides felt like they were crawling with ants.  I was practically havin…


I spent a total of 10 days "living" in Townsville.

After my Mom left Australia and I was no longer needed as an au pair, there was really no reason for me to stay in the family's house. I applied for a governess job that required sailing from Townsville north on the Coral Sea to Darwin, but had no response. There were scant nanny jobs in smaller cities in Oz. Furthermore, if I worked a minimum wage job the income would barely be enough to survive given the cost of living in Townsville. In short, it was time to leave the Fitzgerald family -- my only constants in this foreign land.

I was sad to leave Bree & Michael. I hoped they would adjust to Townsville and their Mom's new fiancee, yet, I was secretly thrilled to explore the rest of the country and live my new destiny.
I left the Fitzgerald house at 4:30 AM and flew over the glistening azure ocean, to the hub of Cairns. While on layover I met a young French woman who had a 1 year visa and lived/worked in Melbourn…