It was only 10 years old
Im sure looking
at the picture
I hadnt changed
Still the same person I was
10 years ago
Not the first passport
I have had to put down
But the nature of the passport
the passport of the future will be more electronic
no ornate visas pasted in
but with a wave of scissors it was dead
barcode cut off
chip card snipped
no longer able to see me safely across borders
Many borders there have been
So let me reveal some of the adventures in those old ornate visas and stamps
Singapore, and India
Singapore the bustling humid city state.
Centre of trade between the hemispheres for centuries
The city a mix of colonial and bustling modern edifaces
India the ancient history
Sights and smells that are almost overwhelming
Colour vibrancy and activity everywhere.
Ethiopia, Thailand and New Caledonia
Ethiopia the cradle of civilisation
An ancient culture
Home of coffee
Dramatic landscape from high mountains to desert planes,
Many tribes, and diverse wildlife.
Thailand- the kingdom in Asia
long held traditions
New Caledonia the French called it the Riviera of the South Pacific
A place of beauty
But with the tense undercurrent of colonisation bubbling beneath the surface
Vietnam baring the scars of the American war
An ancient culture its capital a city over 1000 years old
Bustling streets markets and waterways
The last stamps on the page are Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam. The start of my recent European adventures but they have been documented in my recent posts.
Ten years of travel outside Australia, my home country recorded on the pages.