I am away from our home for two weeks, and in lieu of daily writing, I’m running a series called Travel Diaries, with excerpts from my travel journal from the year I spent traveling around the world. I left Melbourne, Australia on September 16, 2008 to spend a year away from my home visiting friends, family, making new friends and visiting far away lands. These excerpts are as accurate as can be with the more shocking typos edited for my own pride’s sake.

Sunday 9 November 2008

Toronto, Canada

I am so tired here all the time. I don’t know if that’s a “I’m just recouping from the emotional and physical busyness of the five weeks in the U.S.” or if I’m just re-adjusting to the climate – it was around six degrees Celsius today – yikes. That is freezing cold for me. This is the coldest it’s ever been for me in Melbourne except that I think it was even colder tonight.

Travel revelation: I am loving the song/dance performance thing. I’m hoping for a chance to do some fun things while I’m overseas. It would be so great to just do it.

18 November 2008

We got back from Boston yesterday. As far as trips go, it was an excellent one. The cousin reunion was amazing. A few highlights:

1. The end of fall in New England – really lovely with the old buildings.

2. Cambridge was a neat town.

3. JP Licks homemade ice cream. Pumpkin cheesecake. It was awesome.

4. The oldest restaurant in the U.S., the Oyster House, and we even got to sit in JFK’s favourite booth. The homemade Yankee cornbread melted in my mouth.

5. Our last night we had dinner at Suren and Dinesha’s [my cousins] – homemade kiribat, dahl and chicken curry, easily my favourite meal of the trip.

6. Bus trip from Toronto to NYC – we played Euchre. My first time, and I had a ball. I love games.

7. Bostonians everywhere were so nice to us. As in go out of your way nice. They went the extra mile to help.

Low lights

1. Walking around NYC for the few hours.

2. Walking around Macys – I don’t want to go there EVER again. I felt the horrible materialistic monster upon me there – You need to buy, you must have…