25 September 2005


scotland - magnificent! skye was beautiful (i've never seen such an amazing array of waterfalls), and we stayed in a hostel beside a wonderful little pub, right on a loch. met lots of nice people, many Serious Walkers who like to Do Mountains. visited the talkisker distillery, so esther and i could indulge our sudden and alarming whisky fetish!... lismore was great - got to see ross and jen. went on one long walk to coeffin castle - an amazing 13th century ruin standing in a remote part of the island, looking across to the megalithic hills of mull. we thought it might be fun to walk cross-country around the coast back to our cottage... let's just say that 'around the coast' became something of a catchphrase for us! there was plentiful lighting of warm coal fires, flirting with the cute little ferryman, and writing of novels, films, short stories, etc. wonderful... and now we're back in london for a couple of days, packing bags and boxes, saying goodbye to friends and family, enjoying the city life... looking forward to seeing all on the Other Side of the World. also to MELBOURNE FOOD! retro, alasya, small block, lentil as anything, big harvest, crooners, trotters, vina bar, the vic market, thai nee, vegie bar, cafe romantica!, MY2K, thaila thai... i can feel the weight piling on! trying not to think about all the things we'll miss... if we have time today, i'll put pix on the net. love and hugs!


  1. Well, it was indeed funnylingus to see you all again, such a lovely time. I did send you a txt yesterday, however you might not have had your phone anymore by that stage. Anyway, my extended travels in Prestwick consisted of laughing at receptionist at the wonderful hotel "St. Nicholas" (opposite the CHRISTMAS SHOP) when she said THERE IS NO SHOWER...BUT WE HAVE A BATH (with no hot water). Ahahahhaooeee. Also, this bath doubled as the pub downstairs' toilet. When I was not in the bathroom, however, I was out on the town counting abandoned houses or writing my crazy story even further into the pits. It is now set in Prestwick. Really.

    Now I am safely back home in Norway land and planning buying SNATCH with crazy Norwegian letters so I can finish WE JUST HAD THE WILDEST TIME.
    See you in Melbourne!

  2. Julia and the boomtown rats9:06 pm, September 26, 2005

    You forgot about the exquisite delicacies that can be found in the kitchen of one J.F. Chiera.

    Enjoy the flight home guys. See you soon!

    We have a spare bed!