28 Jul

It’s a short winter in Australia and your favorite vagabond has just gone on a trip to the mountains. Being white and privileged I love skiing, so I used my resources and went to the only place where there is substantial snow in this entire country.

The air here is so fresh here it's easy to accuse nature of being vulgar.

The air here is so fresh here it’s easy to accuse nature of being vulgar.

For three days I slept in my car, woke up every few hours, and dreaded having to go outside to pee. I’d remind you all to feel grateful that the Internet doesn’t (yet) allow me to send scent.

I bathed here, it's heated.

I bathed here, it’s heated.

I had been on a massive road trip and when I arrived I was eager to tackle the slopes; every morning I’d head out my front door before the birds had a chance to brush their teeth. I took lessons, maximising my time in The Snowy Mountains — it was me, the instructor, a few classmates, and gravity, that ol’ scene stealer. The Irish made-up in energy what the rest of us were lacking in finesse. We skied down the mountain at 30mph. Although I could be off by at least 30mph.

And now I’m traveling more, through New South Wales (because the name South Wales was already taken), in my car, listening to the only CD I brought with me. I know all the words, Amber Lawrence, but it be way better if I could carry a tune.
With a look of determination that could serve as the dust-jacket for a

Would you believe that earlier that morning I had gone for a run on the beach?

PS: Special mention to The Newlyweds. And, the most bogan thing I’ve seen in Australia: A full-on ice rink with no zambini, just two dudes, a shovel, and a garbage can.

9 Responses to “snowcial”

  1. deekerson July 28, 2014 at 12:42 pm #

    Thank you for the update. Love reading about your adventures. And, i’m really glad to see you wearing a helmut for skiing. Not only that, I learned a new word. From the definition I looked up, your description of the ice rink maintenance as a bogan activity seemed more than apropos. Love, as always….

  2. Jerry Pitts July 28, 2014 at 5:15 pm #

    Sammi, do you have a schedule or are you flying be the seat of you pants making it up as you go ? How many more countries do you have to go to see them all ? How is it traveling alone compared traveling with someone ? I am sure thy both have their advantages ! Keep having fun because I am living vicariously through you !!!


    • Sammi Travis August 18, 2014 at 12:37 am #

      I’m just flying by the seat of my pants 🙂 Thanks for following!

  3. dougpal2 July 29, 2014 at 2:30 pm #

    “The air here is so fresh here it’s easy to accuse nature of being vulgar.”

    • Sammi Travis August 18, 2014 at 12:36 am #

      Are you allowed to use the word when describing the definition??

      Thanks for commenting. Even if it does look like spam.

  4. Joan Pittel July 29, 2014 at 8:02 pm #

    Sammi. I love getting your posts. Stay well and keep on trucking. Love, Aunt Joan

    • Sammi Travis August 18, 2014 at 12:36 am #

      Oh Aunt JOAN! You’re so computer savvy.

  5. Jerry Pitts October 6, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

    How much longer will you be in the Land Down Under ? I thought their for a while their was someone their you was going to bring home ! I would love to see the place down under ! Jerry

    • Sammi Travis November 30, 2014 at 6:04 am #

      No one to bring me home.
      I’m considering living down here forever. It’s an amazing country. You’re welcome to visit anytime!

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