Gift ideas for travellers

giftsHere are some great things people have given me recently. They all make fantastic and thoughtful gifts for someone who is going on a long trip. Clockwise from the top – a fridge magnet for our Hoi An house (thank you San), Hemp body butter (thank you Bernie), a golf ball for that pesky plantar fasciitis (thank you Christina), a lucky elephant (cos the trunk is up :) thank you again, Bernie), pink lily organza bags (thank you Barb), and ‘A Sentence a Day’ from Kikki K (thank you Jane).

A purple call to action

Jacaranda1At the University of Queensland where I work, people say that if you haven’t started preparing for your end of year assessment by the time the Jacarandas are in flower, you are in trouble. Lucky me, I don’t have assignments to write or exams to study for this year, but I am still heeding the purple call to action. The Jacarandas are delivering a personal message to me that it is time to start planning in earnest for the move to Hoi An. It’s a little under four months before we leave, and our ‘to do’ list is growing longer rather than shorter.