Tidewater Traveler by George W. Sellers, CTC
Aussies and Kiwis - Part One This month’s Tidewater Traveler is a departure from my normal style of travel-feature writing. While escorting a small group on a three-week trip to Australia and New Zealand recently, I kept a written log and e-mailed it daily to several dozen friends and family, not knowing for sure how it would be received or even acknowledged. I was pleasantly surprised to have many folks tell me (unsolicited) that they really enjoyed the daily updates. Any one of the topics in this travel log is fodder for a free-standing feature, and at some point in the future you might see some of this content revisited in greater detail. I hope you enjoy! 2 p.m. ~ Monday, Feb. 4: It is amazing to realize that at this very moment back in DelMarVa it is 11 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 3. We arrived in Cairns (pronounced Kanz), Australia, this afternoon, just in time to see the last quarter of the Super Bowl in our hotel room. At the time, we did not know the TV
transmission from the U.S. was delayed about an hour, nor did we know the game had been interrupted by electrical issues. Yes, even here at the bottom of the world, where American football is not even played, the Super Bowl is big. Having worn her purple Ravens/Flacco #5 jersey through the airports of Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Brisbane and Cairns, Tracey received dozens of “thumbs-up” and “Go, Ravens.” The Aussie pilot on the Qantas flight from Brisbane to Cairns
Tracey models her #5 Flacco jersey.