What is the attraction of ghost towns?

Do you find yourself fascinated by the idea of walking through a deserted town once inhabited by an ancient civilisation? For many people there is the allure of solitude and isolation of being alone in a place that once thrived. A chance to reflect and learn from the past so that they can move forward into the future. Ghost towns have the ability to offer people a chance to be be mindful away from the noise of the outside world.

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When Life (almost) Imitates Fiction

This week we travel into the future, but it is may not be a future you want to live in. Imagine a world without technology. No mobile phones. No computers, laptops, tablets. No electricity. No petrol to run your vehicles. No money or credit cards. I’m scaring you now, right?

This is exactly what you will discover when you read Station Eleven, a best selling novel by Emily St John Mandel. But, as you read, you will start to notice a resemblance to the events of 2020.  Fortunately, life didn’t get to the extremes written in the book, but it does give food for thought about where we could have ended up.

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Anzac Day 2021

Although Australia is recovering well from the events of 2020 (COVID-19) this year’s Anzac Day commemorative services will once again be scaled back. Only a handful of people will be able to attend the popular Dawn Services around the country. Those who are not able to secure a special ticket are encouraged to participate at home by standing on their driveways with candles.

Despite the scaled back services, Australians and their New Zealand colleagues will come together in spirit to remember those who fought at Anzac Cove.

Travel Bubble Opens Between Australia and New Zealand

It’s been a year and a bit since international travel was ripped away from us as we were all sent into lockdown. But today it was officially announced that a trans Tasman travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand will open. Just in time for Anzac Day.

Of course there will be strict rules in place, including if there is the hint of an outbreak then the doors will be slammed shut again. On a positive note, no quarantine will be required on either side of the Tasman. So travellers can walk straight out the airport and once again enjoy freedom.

It’s been a year and a bit since international travel was a thing. The events of 2020 has shown us that putting people close together in small spaces is a haven for spreading disease quickly. Will we see history repeat itself, or has society learned the valuable lesson 2020 brought to us.

Let’s pray that this is the beginning of travel being accessible again so that we can enjoy the beauty and culture our planet has to offer – in a sustainable and mindful way.

La Bafana Giorno

In Italy, Christmas continues until 6 January which is a national holiday celebrated as the Feast of Epiphany across the country. It marks the end of the Christmas season and celebrated with the birth of baby Jesus to the Magi (known as the three wise men). However, since the fourth century the birth of Jesus was moved to 25 December as we know it today. Continue reading “La Bafana Giorno”

An Alien in Adelaide

Do you ever feel like you may have grown out of the place which you live in? Is your heart in another city, state, or even another country? Lockdown over the past few months has given us an opportunity to reflect on where we are in life. We ask questions of ourselves. And with a second wave waiting in the wings, it may give us time for some deep reflection on what is important in life. Continue reading “An Alien in Adelaide”