Now, I’m still a little behind on my blog, and there’s the possibility that this might continue. Why? Because my wonderful mother decided to fly to Turkey to travel with me for a month. After me being on the road alone for seven months we’ve got a lot to catch up on. It’s also her very first time travelling outside Australia and to be honest I was surprised that she actually made it to Turkey. I was half expecting to find out she’d managed to get on the wrong plane and ended up in Argentina or somewhere far away. I met her at the airport this afternoon and she looked the backpacker, with backpack on and everything, while everyone else lugged along their fancy roller suitcases. I was very proud of her!
There’s also the possibility that I’ll be catching up more quickly, as she may be cracking the whip a little in that regard.
What was almost as exciting as meeting my mum in a foreign country was that she’d obliged my list of requests [demands?] from home. It wasn’t terribly long – a few things from the chemist, Biore moisturiser with sunscreen, some shoes that are nice enough to go out in [if we go somewhere nice for a change, I worry they’ll take one look at my unbelievably scuffed ten-year-old red Doc Martens and deny us entry], a tube of Vegemite [only Australians will ever understand this] and bag full of Crunchie bars. I’d only asked for two, trying not to be too greedy, and was pleasantly surprised when I found significantly more than that.
It’s funny the things you miss when you travel. I’d resigned myself to the fact that she would not be able to bring my fat black cat with her, and continued with my usual practice of befriendly strays. However, any chance I had to acquire Vegemite and Crunchies was going to be taken. I don’t even eat Vegemite all that often, but being unable to eat it, especially when I’m sick, made me really want it. The same goes for Crunchies. You can buy virtually every kind of chocolate bar in every country I’ve travelled too – except Crunchies. I’ve searched high and low for chocolate-coated honeycomb to no avail. I’ve been searching for them since thinking about them a few weeks after leaving Australia, but my cravings continued to be denied. Now I have to find a way to make them last more than two days – it might be another six or seven months before I come across any!
Anyway, as I’m behind it will be a while before I’ll be regaling you with tales of the adventures of Cat and Mum. Hopefully we’ll have plenty of adventures to write about!