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February 25, 2004

On My Way

I'm going to Australia! Oh, did I fail to mention that I'm off the ice? Yep, I've been a little behind on keeping up, both with the blog and with my personal journal. It would seem like life just dropped off the last week or so in Antarctica, but of course it sped up. I finally got out of my yellow box nightmare, but only after extending my departure date from the 9th to the 11th, and then getting (luckily) delayed until the 12th. Apparently, ship onload (garbage from the past year to replace the new supplies for the coming year) had not finished and they ("they") wanted to keep people who were scheduled out on our flight around to wrap up.

Then, New Zealand.

Last year, I was disgusted by re-entry. This year, I was intoxicated. We exitted the plane into a warm, starry night, into smells of flowers and soil and the soft feel of petals, live petals which are nurtured and grow. After dealing with customs and organizing our stuff and waiting and finally taxi-ing to hotels, we (a collective we, a general those-of-us-on-the-plane-who went-through-the-same-routine we) went out for drinks and food--the first food, other than burger bar, that we actually got to order in over 4 months. On my way home to the YMCA, I walked through the Art Center courtyard in hopes of sighting the black cat who sometimes hangs out there. I didn't see the kitty, unfortunately, but I did curl up momentarily on a freshly-cut lawn under the sprawling canopy of a tree and inhaled the smell of grass and soil, my nose pressed against the Earth. We're a wierd bunch, us folks returning from the ice.

Since then, I've relaxed, hung out with friends and flowers and numerous kitties--including a very small and very adorable kitten who belongs to the manager of a hostel nearby--and spent a few days kayaking up on the northern coast of the South Island. Now, after a few days back in Christchurch and a wicked sunburn on my back, I'm ready for a new adventure: Australia. Last year, I had a two-hour layover in the Sydney airport on my way to Hawaii. I *so* wanted to get out there, step out into the sunny day, and explore. This time, I get to. Hooray!

Posted by beth at February 25, 2004 12:14 PM


There is something deeply, intrinsicly sexy about a woman who has been to Antarctica. However, you are already starting to blather on and on about cats. Damn, that is so scary. Are you not aware that all cats are sadistic murderers? Serial kitties?
Good luck finding your Russle Crow.

Posted by: arb at March 2, 2004 12:46 AM

Yo, creepy comment-writer alert! Hey, "arb," take it down a notch, or ten.

Beth, thanks for sharing. J and I wondered what was up and we're glad you've struck it rich in feline fur and botanicals. Have a great trip!

Posted by: sunshine at March 2, 2004 2:40 AM

Oh I just love your life. I think the place I would most like to visit in the world is New Zealand and you have been there, how many times?
Pictures, Pictures, more pictures!!!!

How long until you are back "home"?
Hopefully you will get in a visit to or near Cincy.

Posted by: Linda Collins at March 4, 2004 5:47 AM

My darling Beth,

Have you forgotten me already? I looked for you in Australia...

I miss you,



Posted by: Brian Kliesen at March 20, 2004 5:50 AM