But the first of overseas travel was in 1982 when I went to CHINA on a tour.
China was still very small tourist country and we were a novelty, gawked at wherever we went and I can't imagine it smoggy and modern!
The highlights of the trip was The Great Wall, X'ian, and the Li river.
|The Terracotta warriors exhibit was being developed |
We walked along the edges of the pits.
|The trip along the River with stunning Karst Mountains was reminiscent of old Chinese paintings|
We went on a tour run by an english company and we were the only non (UK) English. But our guide was a Dutch woman from Peru who was every knowledgeable and kept us organised.
We flew into Santiago after a plane cancellation and were on standby. The plane was due to leave for Lima in 15mins but people were still rocking up and arguing about the hand luggage they could take. More than we had checked! We checked a few time start they hadn't forgotten us, but that was the start of Latin America time!
South America was an eye opener So colourful and HUGE scenery.
|The markets were colourful and the local women's dress so varied|
|Loved the bowlers!|
What a sight it was Amazing discovery as well as the degree of maintenance and mystery of its history.
The other great places we went were Nazca and to Bolivia and Lake Titicaca
|We spent 2 hours on the lake and covered a tiny corner of it|
|The floating islands on the Lake were amazing|
|The Lines in the Nazca desert were fascinating |
I bought a lovely enamel brooch in a Hummingbird design.
The answer was No. We just stayed looking dumb with the immigration until the Guide returned looking for us. She talked for a bit then gave him money.
Advised them to suggest 2 Visas next time .
I also brought and carved gourd back and it had been in a packed bag we left at the hotel in lima and I forgot what was in it. So when we got to customs in Melbourne I got the 3rd degree from the agent and Sharon and I were the last out -Maddy was waiting with Sharon's mum (having discovered they ere waiting for same flight) I know tick yes in anything to declare.
He gave me the gourd!
In 1988 I did a trip to the red Centre and a Trips to Tijikala (Aboriginal Community with SWIRL (Future Aussie Blog entry)
Then in 1988 I did another trip to JAPAN with Celia her first trip to Japan and the first time we had travelled together.
|Matsumoto Castle "Now this is Japan" Celia said.|
|Shirakawago in the Hida Mountains|
|Walked from the Post towns of Tsumago to Magome on old Nakasendo Road|
We got DROWNED stopping off in Himeji, the castle described "like a white egret against an azure sky" Couldn't see it until we were at the door, in the rain and mist.
We also found lots of Japanese baths as well as our first SERVAS experience staying with lovely couple in Sendai. Mariko and Atsushi He was aTV show host and she was a real estate agent
On our return we became Servas hosts The start of a great experience