To take great photos. To look for those excellent, beautiful, telling things that will illuminate the experience for me, and for you.
To be like a sponge, wide open and without judgment, and absorb absolutely everything for sorting later. Observe, observe, observe. Soak it up.
To solicit and listen carefully to the stories people tell me.
Things I am pretty sure of:
–that I will like the Australian sensibility. I am expecting it to be somewhere between the US and Britain, with a hefty helping of its ownself, which remains to be discovered.
–that I will be able to find a variation of Good British Style Tea, which I love more than nearly any beverage on the planet. I already know, via friends, that there is good coffee.
–that I will not feel like the Valkyrie from some opera, as I do sometimes in France and Italy, where I am sometimes bigger than the guys, never mind the women.
What I am not sure about:
–Where the line between British and US sensibilities will lie. Is this a more private culture? More embracing? Some of my Australian acquaintances seem very British, some feel very American. Where is the Austrailian sensibility in that? What makes an *Australian* vs the other two cultures? (And of course, there is no one sweeping single answer, no one single idea.)
–What do I think I know about the country now, and what will I discover as we travel? Ah, that’s the great joy of travel: I have no idea.
Oh, I am so ready to go. My suitcase is sitting there with bits and pieces. The dogs are looking at me dolefully. Can I really get away with everything I need in one medium suitcase and one backpack? We shall see.
Is there anything you want me to be on the lookout for? What are your expectations when you travel?