I’m keen to see a bit of adventure in my life in 2010. The bubs are growing and it is time for us to scale great heights. A bit of mountaineering is in order me thinks. So I have planned for the family to take a tourist adventure to K2 – the second tallest mountain in the world – every month this year!!!
Image from here
… okay, okay – perhaps we won’t be undertaking literal mountaineering, and we probably won’t make it to China or Pakistan either and perhaps I should start committing to a thirty minute walk every day before I start heading up that big mountain with my two small children (one of whom has only been walking herself for a few months) but we are still heading to K2 every month in 2010.
Nope we didn’t win lotto.
Here’s the plan. Once a month the kids and I are going to take a tourist adventure to the grid reference K2 on one of the maps in our street directory. We’ll walk around and explore as if we’re in a foreign country, trying to observe the space as if we’ve never seen it before, see the things that in the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives we take for granted …and of course, like all good tourists we’ll take lots and lots of photos and send you a postcard about our travels.
The idea is from The Lonely Planet Guide to Experimental Travel. Now I don’t go to church much, if at all, in fact I don’t think I’ve gone this millennium, but a long long time ago I did hear a local bishop deliver a sermon in which he talked to the idea of having tourist experiences in our every day life. Taking the time to see the beauty in the world – no matter how small. His words stuck with me and I have carried them with me ever since. As such, the idea of travelling in my own town as a tourist really appeals to me.
Our faithful guidebook for these adventures will be the UBD – 2006 Perth Street Directory.
Look out for a postcard soon!