I would quite like to be here today:
Litchfield National Park, NT.
This is me sitting in Buley's Rockholes. Fresh cool water cascading over my shoulders, I'd sit here all day, only getting out to snack or get a drink. The trees provide perfect shade and, truly, it's one of the most magic places I've been.
How could you be grumpy immersed in this water? It's impossible!
When we travelled around Australia, this was a common set-up. Our car, cooker, table and chairs. Nothing else needed. No fancy tarps, trailers, generators. Peace and quiet, fabulous locations, solitude. This is five-star accommodation to me. I would love to transport myself to this spot. Basic, but bliss.
Our faithful Hilux 'Fernley' (named after Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall) took us to some of the most superb spots in the country. This time in our life was pure freedom. We would wake up and stay if we wanted or else hit the road and go wherever the wind blew us. Some days we slept under the stars and others we checked into a motel and washed the sand from our skin. Everything was stripped back, all we needed was fuel in the car, water in our tank and food in the fridge (we had a fridge in our car), anything else was baggage and superfluous. Days like today when I'm feeling a little world weary, feeling weighed down by chores, bills and routine, I imagine being somewhere like this.
And, if I couldn't resurrect Ferns for one last bush bash, I'd love be sitting at this table at the Banana Leaf Cafe in Hoi An, Vietnam. Watching the bikes and boats motor past as I ate White Rose, stuffed squid and banana pancakes. Sipping local beer, a cocktail or pineapple juice.
Watching these ladies work, gossip and live life. Soaking in the sights, smells and sounds of one of my most favourite places in the world. Eating and living like a king for the price of a McValue meal.
Where would you like to travel to this Tuesday?