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And so it begins…

So we finally begin!

Nick and I left mum and dad’s place last night and crashed at Doug and Kirsten’s place – got up nice and early to head off. It’s been a pretty uneventful day, apart from the following:

  • I have knitted 1/3 of my scarf. Considering we may reach Melbourne tomorrow, I really need to put more effort in here, people

  • We chanced upon the World’s Largest Virtual Solar System Drive…. as evidenced by the photos of Uranus below.

  • I almost died in an effort to retrieve my bag from under the bed while in a very contorted position. Yes, died of laughter, that is… claustrophobia, anyone?
  • We realised we lacked chocolate and snacks early on in the journey – not good
  • I discovered how FREAKING FAST my new wireless internet is… I’m never going back, I tell’s ye!

So, nothing much to report. Shall check in again when more excitement presents itself.

We are going through Parkes tomorrow, so I really want to see the observatory!


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Well, the Aussie leg of our trip is going to be slightly longer than we originally planned!

Nick is currently applying for an Aussie residency visa, and they told us that he can’t be out of the country for any length of time while the visa is being processed… and it can take up to 6 months! So, we’ve decided to spend a bit more time travelling Oz first…

And so, we’ve now decided to sort ourselves out a campervan! We’ve looked at the options, and decided to buy an empty van and fit it out ourselves. Now, I am lucky to have a mechanical/engineering type Dad who can help us with planning and building the fit-out, so it will be a cool project we can work on as a family.

We are just doing the research at the moment – deciding which van to buy, and how much we’re willing to spend. We’re leaning towards a Long Wheel Base Ford Transit at the moment. They’re a little more expensive, but have a lot more room than smaller, less expensive vans. And when you’re considering something you may live in for 6 months or so, a little bit more space is always a good thing!

I’ll keep you all updated on our progress.

We’re both really keen to have the freedom and comfort that our own van would provide. The ability to get up in the morning and ask the question – “where do we want to go today?” Ahhhh…..

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November 2009 – the start of it all!

The decision has been made – we are setting of on the adventure of our lives in 2010. At least 9 months of travelling, covering Australia, Europe and the UK.

Now the hard part begins. We have to clean out and pack up a house and garage (and garden!) full of stuff!!! I have moved so  many times over the last 10 years, that I have an accumulation of crap that I’ve never quite sorted out. The aim is to really sort through it all this time and be ruthless… I guess we’ll see how that goes ;P

We’ve decided on a basic itinerary. January – mid-March will be travelling through Australia, visiting friends and seeing places neither of us have been. This includes visiting Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide and Perth! We plan on doing a week’s road trip between both Brisbane and Sydney, and Melbourne and Adelaide (The Great Ocean Road!).

Mid-March to October-ish will be the European leg of our trip. That’s a bit hazy at the moment, though I do have so many places whizzing around in my mind that I want to visit!

I’ve got 12 days left of my job now, and my brain still hasn’t caught up to the fact that I’m not going to be working after that for a good long while. No doubt I’ll have an ‘a-ha’ moment soon though…

This is surely going to be one of the longest honeymoons in history!

– Jess

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