Tag Archives: Australia

A lonely night in Stratford

English: The Broadway of Stratford, London.

English: The Broadway of Stratford, London. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Two a.m. in the morning is never a good time unless you’re partying or asleep. But when you’re in the middle of a closed, open-air shopping complex in London’s Stratford area, its not good at all. I was here having come back from Copenhagen on a late-night flight. It took until past midnight to get through customs and then there was a wait for the bus. But I got there o.k.

I just had to wait here until the underground opened, then travel across London to get the bus home to Gloucester from Victoria station. It was going to be a long night, “so just wrap up  warm on the bench and sit tight tight!” I thought to myself.

Londoners and Olympics fans intermingle on the...

Londoners and Olympics fans intermingle on the Tube (Photo credit: AndyRobertsPhotos)

Anyway, about three a.m., these two guys come up and start chatting to me. They weren’t threatening,  just  “night owls”. They were ushered on by a security guard but not before they asked if I was Australian, because of my accent. I said “you got it!” and smiled. After they left, I had a giggle. I’m Canadian!

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Swimming With Dolphins In Zanzibar

A dolphin leaps out of the water in the Indian...

A dolphin leaps out of the water in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Zanzibar, Tanzania. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Would you like to swim with dolphins in the Indian Ocean? I can tell you that I certainly enjoyed it when I had the opportunity to do so in July of 2011. It was a truly wondrous feeling! We were taken out about a mile or so beyond the reef and were positioned so that the dolphin pods swam right through our group of small craft.

Its an amazing feeling! Once you’re out there, the boat skipper will say “get ready”. You all sit on one side of the boat. This sounds like a bad idea, and it is but, somehow, the boats manage to stay upright. As the groups appear on the horizon, he’ll yell “go!”. Thats exactly what you do. Into the water then.

What happens next, you’ll never forget. These lovely, intelligent creatures pass right between you and the next man, providing you with the most spiritual experience ever known to man. On their migration route too! I tell you, I came back with the biggest smile on my face. These happy souls show off as though they were in a fun park in the azure of the Indian Ocean.

 

Swimming with dolphins

Swimming with dolphins (Photo credit: Krister462)

 

It was a really special day. It is one that remains in your memory, not because you did something unique, but because you connect with mother nature in a way that is impossible to describe to anyone who hasn’t done it. They have the tamest natures and the happiest smiles on their faces. Smiles all around!

And you can buy a bracelet of a little wooden dolphin off the vendors that are around:)

“What’s That?”

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It doesn’t get much better than a Margherita pizza in Venice. That was the pleasure to which my loving mother and I were introduced to on an early September’s evening in 2005. What with the city’s waterways and the general untouristy feel of the little restaurant we were in, it made for a dreamy setting.

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It was after my dad had left us to drive the Volkswagen Polo that we owned through Europe and back to the United Kingdom.  This left us with a lovely four days on our own to tour the city. It was a glorious holiday and we had many happy hours basking in the sun, taking vaporetto‘s and generally enjoying ourselves.

We waited for the meal with an orange juice each in our hands and talked about what a lovely time we were having. We chatted about the sights we had seen, what we liked and had no complaints about a single thing in the whole wide world. In view of what I’ve just told you, why would we?

It was round about this time that a true blue Australian woman decided that this restaurant was for her and walked up to our outside table, pointed her finger, which was almost touching the pizza, and said “Whats that?”. “Its a Margherita”, my mother replied and the woman said “oh!”. She walked off after that.

My mother and I took no offence. She was just a joyful Australian. We laughed and casually recalled this story to our family. They had a similar reaction! 🙂