After Costa Rica, we headed north again for a short flying visit with Erica, Jeremiah and their son Dallas. We visited them on the US tour in 2014, and saw them present 10 days ago in Ithaca on developments since. They’ve been fighting hard against a proposed landfill expansion, and still finding time to prioritize play. After a night and a day with them, Suzanna and I left Andy in their capable hands for an extra few days of beach frolicking, and hopped on a plane to Melbourne.
It will surprise no one that the flight is long (loooooong, in fact) but both of us were startled to discover that we left on the 13th and arrived on the 15th. Somewhere, in the endless night of a tin can hurtling through the air, Wednesday happened for the rest of the world but not for us.
In window seats, one behind the other, Suzanna and myself watched dawn break around the plane’s wing and knew we were getting close.
Since then, we’ve had a weekend of puttering around Melbourne and appreciating its wonders. We walked miles each day, exploring alleyways of interesting shops and nibbling our way through Chinatown. Climbing to the balcony of the public library, we saw a cartwheel shape of Melburnians reading and typing beneath a grand cathedral ceiling. We met Marcus of Playground Ideas for coffee and, on the University campus benches, even did some work!
Tomorrow, our Australian adventures begin. Together with Malarkey, we’ll be heading to New South Wales to present on 20th October and then Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia! Stay tuned, for further pop-up adventures, and wherever you are – keep playing!