Sorry for the lack of updates but Internet access has been quite unavailable the last couple of weeks. Ireland was very nice, and we had a lot of fun driving around the country in our decent rental car, however I think all this traveling has just about taken it's toll on us. Its a good thing that in about 2 hours we'll be heading off to Bali
for some much needed beach sitting.
We'll be in Bali for about 2 days and 2 nights which is not nearly enough time really, but enough to get in some major shopping in a country where our dollar is actually worth something. We leave Bali for Melbourne on the 31st of December at about 10:20pm so it looks as though we'll be seeing in the New Year at about 50,000 feet. I wonder if they'll do anything special on the plane...
Right now we are in Gatwick
airport in Londinium and its 12:45pm. We were in such a mad rush to get here from Ireland that we arrived a bit earlier than expected and now find ourselves with a few hours to kill. It's a good thing that the shopping centre here is quite large. The security here is quite tight at the moment after that chap got sprung with his Jolly Joggers full of C4. There are quite a few police wandering the halls with semi-automatic rifles. It's all a bit scary.
My relatives in Northern Ireland were quite hospitable, and in some respects over
hospitable, especially ove Christmas where they were constantly trying to get us drunk... I dont think the realise that we only drink our beer by the pot
and not the pint
, but still I was able to keep up.
This Internet access is costing me 12p a minute, or about £7.20 per hour. Convert that into the shitful Australian dollar and we're looking at about $20 an hour. They have free ISP sign-up CD's on offer, so I've stuffed about 17 of them into my jacket to try and get my moneys worth.Gracie
's off reading one of the bajillion UK celebrity paparazzi magazines as I type, so I think I'd better get offline before I have to get a bank loan to pay for my Internet Cafe bill.
We both hope you've had the best time over Christmas. Our deepest sympathy if any of you were affected by the recent bushfires. It was quite a huge story over here. Finally, Happy New Year
to you all, and we wish you all the best for 2002.