I am in Colorado for a conference now – at a ski resort up in the mountains. It’s so beautiful! It’s nearing the end of their ski season but there’s still a ton of snow around and plenty of people out enjoying it. I haven’t seen snow since I was 5 years old, so it’s a bit of a novelty to me. Whilst I am not going to go skiing (it’s a conference, I have to work, so a day’s lift ticket is kinda wasted, plus I’m overseas and haven’t skiied before and don’t want to break a leg) I am definitely still enjoying this “winter wonderland”. Today on our afternoon break I went for a trail walk in the woods. It was so lovely, hearing my boots crunch on the ground, watching a squirrel, being alone with my thoughts in a really beautiful place. Although I did sink in up to my knees when I stepped off the path to try and grab a picture of a stream of meltwater. Oh well. I also made a snow sloth. But it was cold so it’s only small.
Oh yeah, and the conference is good too, some great talks blah blah blah.
Gif credit: OMG Sloths in Space
Yesterday I left my US family, who I hadn’t seen in many, many years. I got to spend 4 nights with them and even after all that time they were so amazingly welcoming, lovely and, well, “home”. It was sad to leave. There were a few tears on the plane. Hopefully some day soon I can get back over here – it’s just such a long way.
So I’m off overseas tomorrow morning for just over a week. Primarily, it’s for work (perks, right?) as I’m going to a conference in the US. But I get to spend Easter with family I have over there! Haven’t seen most of them in like, 16 years! I guess most of them have grown up now, huh.
Last night the Boy and Doza and I got back from 6 days away in Sydney, NSW. A welcome break from all the paperwork I’ve been doing over the last few weeks.
We went to the theatre (twice), went shopping, lunched with friends, hiked around Manly, and even climbed the Harbour Bridge! It was an exhausting holiday! But a great week away.
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So, right now, at this moment, I am supposed to be on a flight direct to Bali, Indonesia. But, as expected, it was cancelled this morning due to the volcanic ash cloud.
It’s hard not to be upset about it, at the very least, pissed off. And this is the week between me finishing my last job and starting a new one, so it’s not really possible to reschedule the holiday for a later date.
However, we managed to scrape together another trip instead! The airline changed our destination, and we booked a different hotel and all done. We lose a little bit of money, of course, but overall it’s not the worst outcome. And there’s no real risk of getting “stuck” over there like it would be if we went to Bali.
Sloth Kong has taken over Juan Santamaría International Airport to wish visitors a good trip home – and a quick return – after their stays in Costa Rica. Once passengers have checked their bags, they are encouraged to take a photo with Sloth Kong and share it on Facebook with the hashtag #SlothKong.