This month’s Editor’s Letter is going to be short and sweet. By the time this post goes live I will be on my eighth day of vacation in Australia. Yes I did write this in advance and yes it did post by itself WOOOOO inception. As I sit here writing this now pre-vacation I have a million things running through my head. What to pack, what to not pack, reminding myself to water my plants, making a note to pre-load my iPad with movies, the list goes on and on. But at the end of the list is only one word – enjoy.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve been on a vacation. Like a “go away and sit on your ass relax” kind of vacation. Most of my vacation days at my day job are eaten up by family or friend obligations, not that I’m complaining, but that is just how most of my life (and my little bit of spending money) has been allocated so far in my 20s. But this trip, this trip, is for me. One of my best friends (and fellow TGS writer Kat) moved to Australia after we graduated college and has been Down Under ever since. This is the first time I am making the 14 hour flight out to meet her. I’ve only been out of the country one other time and it was when I tagged along on a high school friend’s family vacation in Mexico when I was 18. We didn’t really venture off the resort so it kind of felt like we were still in America. So officially and unofficially, my Australia trip is my first time really being out of America.
I have a few small goals once I touch down in the land of kangaroos and they are as follows.
- R E L A X
- Ask one native about the Great Emu War of 1932.
- Hold a koala
- Not give a shit about how I look in a bathing suit
- Savor the time
And that’s it. I just want to enjoy every second and take 3000 photos of the Australian coast and eat a ton of food and drink a lot of sangria. With goals like that, how can I possibly not have a good time?
I’ll see you all back here next month for a more lengthy Editor’s Letter (and once this pumpkin spice obsession is gone because I HATE pumpkin) but until then, I’m fleeing North America and the impending autumn weather for a second spring.
PS here are some Emu’s in honor of the Great Emu War of 1932.