Not Yet Grey Nomads

I was full of good intentions to blog throughout the course of the road trip from Canberra to Cairns with The Pilot. Road-tripping was far more draining and time-consuming than I anticipated, even when we were only doing 300-400km per day. We did the whole trip in 14 days, and drove 3819.8kms in total. I…

Travelling

It is my understanding that most couples who get married go back to normal life after their honeymoon; either moving in together or going back to their previously shared abode. It has been nothing like that for the Pilot and I. Since we got engaged in late May, we have been in Canberra, remote NT,…

Occupational hazards of a travelling Aspie

I’m finally home in Victoria after two weeks spent in transit. First I went to my Arnhem Land home town for four nights. Then I had a one night stop-over in Darwin, before going to Alice Springs for what was supposed to be a week. I got really sick in Alice Springs, though, and so…

Back in my hometown…ish

There is a bird hanging around here that makes a noise like The Silence, but I keep forgetting which one it is. I’ve been living in one community this whole year, and wanting to visit my Arnhem Land hometown. It’s just a short 20 minute plane flight away, but an $850 return flight if I…

Occupy Emmeline

Warning: graphic disgusting description of gross skin. “I bet you are super excited to leave,” Lee, who works in the office, said to me this morning. I’m not. I’m super excited for where I’m going — visiting Yolngu in another community, TFIOS in Darwin, the beanie festival, then family and friends in Victoria, and the…

Higher Higher Higher

In the Dry season, as well as letting your hair down, you can have more energy for doing things outside, other than rushing from one air-conditioned place to another[1]. I was walking home after my shift finished at 12. The air was so mild, sunlight dappled by the huge gumtrees overhead, moving in the cool…

Dry season! and hair

Here in the tropics, we don’t have the four seasons that some other places do. The Yolngu have seven seasons. They are: Mayaltha – wet season (January – March); Gunmul – mid-wet season (March – April); Midawarr – end of wet season (May – June); Dharratharra – cool, dry season (June – August); Rarranhdharr –…