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Not Long to Wait

Friday, 23 January 2015


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I'm planning for this to be the last entry until we're in Fort Lauderdale. Final preparations have gone so smoothly that I'm now worried that I've missed something. I've also found it difficult to build up enthusiasm for anything much. I can't even indulge in cooking or baking when the whole of the food focus is to reduce the content of the fridge so that it can be switched off.

We've downloaded adequate reading material to our Kindles so we'll have plenty to fill in some idle time waiting at airports. We will be driving to Queanbeyan on Thursday - 29 January and leaving our car with Natalie. The next leg of the journey will be flying from Canberra to Sydney, it will be the first time we've flown from Canberra in many years. Next step is Sydney to Dallas/Fort Worth where we transfer for the flight to Fort Lauderdale. It will be a very long day.

Tomorrow we'll dust off the cases and start packing the basic items that get packed regardless of our destination. The selection of clothing for the duration will be a bit more difficult. Most of the time we'll be in tropical waters and light gear is all that's needed. However when we visit the Falkland Islands and we round Cape Horn we will be closer to Antarctica than we've ever been and will no doubt be very cold. The classic advice is 'lots of layers'.

I'll be sending out an email to a number of our contacts asking them to restrict their emails while we're away. I'll also need to un-subscribe from a number of routine lists to ensure we can cope with the limited Internet facilities aboard the Ruby. I'll continue my regular practice of posting a daily blog and uploading the 'Photo of the Day'.

That's it for now, next update will be from Fort Lauderdale.

If you want to look at what I've been up to you can view my recent photos at Image for Today

Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

Posted by greynomadm 15:18 Archived in Australia Tagged preparation 2015-01_ruby Comments (0)

More Water Under the Bridge

Monday, 15 December 2014


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A lot has happened in the past two months and we are now within the 50 days to go window with a number of actions still to be completed. On the plus side the Medical Insurance claim has been finalised, the Brazil Visa has been granted and the required Argentina reciprocity fee has been paid.

On the medical side we've both been immunised for Yellow Fever and had our Cholera shots boosted. Both of these vaccines come at considerable expense. As the Yellow Fever shot is good for 10 years I don't think we'll need to renew that.

I've decided to try out a Prepaid Global Roaming SIM card for my mobile phone. I'll load that SIM when we leave Australia and take it out again when we get back. I tried one of these some years ago when we travelled around the world but didn't work out how to use it. I hope for a better experience this time.

Another new thing is a Global Currency Card preloaded with up to four of the elven available currencies. We'll start out simple with just the US Dollar loaded. The advantage (?) being that the the exchange rate is locked in. Great if the AU Dollar goes down any more not so good if it rockets up again.

In the next few weeks we have Christmas to prepare for and then there are some medical procedures to complete before we leave on 29 January. Our calendar looks very busy for this period.

Hope to update this blog again some days before we leave.

If you want to look at what I've been up to you can view my recent photos at http://365project.org/tonydebont/365/2014-12-15

Wishing you a most festive Christmas and New Year period, good health and safe travel.

Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

Posted by greynomadm 16:02 Archived in Australia Tagged 2015-01_ruby Comments (0)

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