In early 2012 we decided to return to various parts of the world we visited in the early ‘70s and because two of my greatest joys are photography and writing I decided to share stories via a travel blog. It was called Fred and Bev’s Encountering the Past Odyssey Part 1 and it turned out to be a resounding success, not only for us personally but from the fact that the blog received and still is receiving hundreds of hits each week.
Part 1 of our Odyssey took us from our hometown of Tamworth in northwest New South Wales to Darwin and Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory. After a three-month spell there teaching ceramics to Aboriginal children we returned to Darwin and drove to Perth in Western Australia from where we flew to Thailand and walked part of the infamous Burma Rail. From Thailand we flew to Istanbul and then, utilising public transport, we travelled through Greece, Albania, the former Yugoslavian states, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and France. We arrived back in Australia in January 2013.
Following are some images from our Encountering the Past Odyssey Part 1. I hope they inspire you to read Part 1 before delving into Odyssey Part 2.
Between the two odysseys Bev and I spent five months in the Torres Strait, the strait separating the most northern tip of Australia and Papua New Guinea. Those experiences are posted as well.
ENCOUNTERING THE PAST ODYSSEY PART 2.
The 2014 odyssey will begin in Athens mid March and we will once again visit places of our youth. We plan to visit the Greek islands, maybe travel through Bulgaria, Romania (two new destinations for us) and Hungary to Austria, Switzerland, Germany and eventually to Sweden.
As was the case with Odyssey Part 1 the posts will include watercolour maps showing our route and photographs taken forty years ago, producing a then and now presentation.
The first posting for Odyssey Part 2 is a preamble relating to our past adventures including when I drove overland from Australia to London in 1970 and travelled through Central Africa on a BSA motorbike; and how Bev and I met and our subsequent travels in a VW Beetle around Europe and the Middle East in 1972/3. The first posting also describes how we built our mud brick house and our philosophy as to travel and how travel has made us what we are. It is expected the first posting for Odyssey Part 2 will be in mid March 2014.
Some readers might be curious as to how we chose Tbeartravels as our blog name. Tbear is a small red soft toy with a ‘T’ embroidered on his chest. For many years he sat on a shelf in our home and when going on an expedition into central Australia some years ago I plucked him from the shelf and he joined us on the trip. Since then he has been a constant companion. Tbear appears now and then in our blog writings, mainly for the sake of our grandchildren who ask their parents ‘where is Tbear now?’
Bev and I hope you will tag along with us and Tbear on our 2014 odyssey. Please feel free to post a comment and tell us what you think. If I had not received so many positive comments relating to our Odyssey Part 1 and the Torres Strait Encounter I wouldn’t have had the inspiration to continue posting.