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May 2009

Internal flights - check!

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

overcast 18 °C
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A friend said on the weekend, "Don't second guess yourself". I really needed to hear that, Mark!

So, I booked made my internal USA - Canada - USA flights this mornings. I won't tell you where/when they are - you'll just have to keep on reading :o)

Someone asked me of last year's trip, "Running to or running from?" It took me a while, but the answer is 'running from'. Yet to leave, but this time - I can't wait to come home!

Posted by mlhooi 10:58 Archived in Australia Tagged transportation Comments (0)

Swine Flu

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

14 °C
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No more warnings about Swine Flu!!

"However, taking the U.S. as an example, there have only been six deaths in that country from Swine Flu. A little less than 15,000 people die from AIDS each year in the U.S. Seasonal influenza kills about 36,000."
Source: http://seekingalpha.com/article/138389-how-the-u-s-profits-from-swine-flu

The odds of winning Powerball are higher.
Source: http://www.nj.com/parenting/maria_andreu/index.ssf/2009/04/swine_flu_hysteria_are_parents.html

"As of 2007, it [heart disease or cardiopathy] is the leading cause of death in the United States,[1][2] England, Canada and Wales,[3] killing one person every 34 seconds in the United States alone.[4] ... Over 459,000 Americans die of coronary heart disease every year[5]. "
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heart_disease

Posted by mlhooi 21:08 Archived in Australia Tagged health_and_medicine Comments (0)

Decisions, decisions - decision

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

semi-overcast 15 °C
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I woke up this morning resolute on a number of items. Despite unbearable night coughs, I will go to the USA/Canada in June.

My appreciation to Tessa, Russell, David du Soleil and Matt for detailed insights into French Canada and the Maritimes.

Time to make bookings!!

I know that going on another trip is the last thing my beloved parents want to hear, but you've always known that this child makes decisions to the beat of her own drum ...


Posted by mlhooi 10:11 Archived in Australia Tagged preparation Comments (0)

Travel Mojo

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

all seasons in one day 21 °C
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After an interesting 2009, I depart very soon for ANOTHER trip to the USA/Canada.

I promise to keep this one updated! Three weeks to go, and I am grateful for everything learnt during last year's speedy round-the-world trip, Sept-Dec 2008. Lauralee, Veronica and especially Darrel for all the travel advice and encouragement.

Life changes after travelling - the hard way - landing in foreign places, not knowing the language, culture and customs. Simply wandering, seeing and doing things which entice. Meeting people and understanding that at least 99.99% of people in the world are good and want the same things in life.

Differences make life interesting, but similarities AND the internet helps to keep us connected ;o)

As I gear up for this trip, no nerves AT ALL!


Posted by mlhooi 15:25 Archived in Australia Tagged preparation Comments (0)

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