So this year we both reached a half century and despite trying very, very hard to make a go of it in Australia we have admitted defeat and decided it’s about time we started to have a retirement plan.
So we’re selling the house (but that’s not going so well – one sale has fallen through already but we are practising patience).
We are looking at spending 60 days in Sulawesi and the Maluku Islands (the Spice Islands). We have a list of places we want to go and know that 60 days won’t be enough but that’s a problem we shall deal with later.
We have baby laptops, travel hammocks, dive lights, dive computers (which I can’t operate yet but I’ll save that challenge for nearer the time), and wet suits. We are ready to go.
We are stocking up on nicotine juice so that we can continue with our attempt to kick the habit.
But the house sale is holding us up and we must be patient.
We are determined to get back on the road again. We have tried to settle in the 9 to 5 lifestyle again, we are living in a lovely little flat in St Kilda and we turned our garden into a little oasis (although we ate little of our produce because the local possum had one hell of an appetite!),
Paul also bought a load of fishing gear (I have no idea why, he never catches anything), we went camping in country Victoria and on the Mornington Peninsula, we go out every now and again but we just can’t settle here. It’s time to move on.
We miss Asia, we miss the warmth, and we can’t stand the treadmill anymore, particularly in country where every day seems to have been a battle for us. We have very personal reasons for wanting to leave but fundamentally we want to find another way.
We keep making plans and they are scuppered over and again but we are optimistic that soon we will be on our way.
As for itinerary, no plans as yet set in stone…