Monday, 13 June 2011
USA 6 ~ starbucks and russian doll packing
today my US adventure ends.
i expected it to be the trip of a lifetime and it has been, absolutely.
i sat myself in starbucks this morning and i took this picture because it symbolises some of my US experience. the cup contains chai because it is not easy to get a decent coffee round here so i eventually gave up and became a tea drinker much of the time.
the starbucks cup is also a reminder of the ever present accent confusion, i mean i know i'm a bit woolly but i wouldnt choose to be called "collie" :)
starbucks also reminds me of certain wild onion patrons (for those who dont know, wild onioners is the name attached to my blogging friends) and of the fast food mentality that exists here even more than in australia.
the bag has some pins on it because i started to collect a few, it also reminds me that i read recently of the "russian doll" method of packing, i have yet to perfect the method but it really is very good. i'm sure organised types have thought of it already but i had to be told!
the russian doll method is where you put bags inside bags, with the things you are most likely to be wanting in accessible bundles. the bag pictured here is my minimalist bag containing wallet, camera, lipstick and any other small item i might need but when i need to carry more i fold it up and put it away or just put it inside a bigger bag. my next size up contains the stuff i might need on a longer trip or outing: journal, travel wallet, book, toothbrush, cardigan, water bottle....
i have learned a bit about the practicalities of travel, even my minimal luggage contains more than i needed, i didnt wear the nice dress, nor two nice-ish tops, nor the swimmers.
i didnt use the hair product either, even with the best of intentions.
i have every intention of posting some more pictures and so on but right now i am experiencing my closing hours here, sitting in a hotel lobby waiting for a shuttle to the education that is LAX and i want to say an enormous thanks for the welcome i have received!
thank you, thank you, thank you to bindi, megan, RC and debbie for extensive and gracious hospitality.
thank you to, to brian, bob, leah and zack for making the trip to LA, i can barely believe what amazing friendships we have forged!
and though they are not reading, a great thanks to the people of america, i have met some marvellous characters, people have been friendly and helpful and my impression of america is a good one even including arkansas!
america, this is not good bye, just a temporary fare well!!