my journey to Alice Springs began well
for a start
there was leftover gumbo to be had
before attempting the journey to the airport
we made it to Adelaide in record time
the Youngest and I had time for a double-shot moccha
- a South Australian institution for longer than i can remember,
setting an impossibly high standard for coffee
Lucia's is my number one coffee house [after home]
closely followed by Cafe Trieste in North Beach
and Kaffeehaus Einstein [Berlin - the original one, not the Einstein chain!]
but i digress
arriving at the airport
by a miracle there was hardly a queue
i got my boarding pass quite quickly
it wasn't until i was rummaging for the laptop
and going through security
that i realised the boarding pass said Business
thank you Qantas. it was quite the nicest flight i have enjoyed all year
the view over Australia was marvellous and
even the refreshments were nice.
[and in case the management is reading this, Penny deserves a pat on the back
she goes out of her way to be nice to passengers!]
Alice Springs is a curious place. the water in the bath was blue
[i'm told it comes from deep under the earth]
i was instructed on arrival not to walk about after dark on any account
i picked up a "welcome flea" who was frankly not at all welcome.
there was a Hugh Grant moment at Vinnies
the scene where his character [as PM] is doorknocking in the dodgy end of Wandsworth and someone says to him
"hey, you're not who i think you are, are you?"
those very words were addressed to me
they were better than some i spoken to me in Wisconsin
where a body, having observed me draw near over a period of five minutes
walked up to me and said
"you're not who i wanted you to be"
could be worse.
you could be waking up on a sunday morning after 40 years of marriage and being told that.
anyhoo, i'm here to teach a two-day class
that hasn't been advertised
was only confirmed about a fortnight ago
not even sure exactly what they're hoping for
nobody has managed to put it into words.
i shall be winging it...with a bundle prepared, just in case