In Transit

“It is impossible to communicate to you the conception of the trembling sensation, half pleasurable and half fearful, with which I am preparing to depart….There is something at work in my soul which I do not understand…a love for the marvelous, a belief in the marvelous…which hurries me out of the common pathways…to the wild sea and unvisited regions I am about to explore…”

— Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, 1818

These words, written almost 200 years ago, still ring true in a traveler’s soul.  Today I set out for almost 7 weeks in remote northwest Australia – the Kimberley Coast – and then on to the Spice Islands of Indonesia, visiting places like Komodo, Badas, and Timor.  I will do my best to send out regular travel posts along the way.

Broome to Darwin Route Map

The route I will travel along the Kimberley Coast of northwestern Australia.

Kimberley and Spice Islands Route Map

The route along the Kimberley Coast and then on up into the Spice Islands of Indonesia ending in Bali.

In about 48 hours I should be arriving in the tiny outpost of Broome, Australia.  Broome is home to a storied pearl trade that has moved from the age of sails, wooden ships and free divers collecting shells by hand, to the age of mechanized aquaculture and diesel-fueled trade with Asia.

A pearl oyster

Pinctada maxima — the pearl oyster. Highly valued as the ‘emblem of life’ by Aboriginal people who recognized its potent connections with water, regeneration, renewal and transformation. Today, the pearl is a precious symbol in and of its own.

First impressions can be a strong thing sometimes.  I look forward to my first glimpses of a new destination out of the airplane window.  I imagine Broome will be dry with red rock framing a small settlement on the coast.  Mudflats and mangroves also fringe Broome’s shores with shades of green and brown and beyond, a big blue sea will stretch on for infinity.

I’ll do my best to bring you along for the ride!

2 thoughts on “In Transit

  1. Kara McKeton

    Kit – this sounds fascinating! Enjoy taking it all in- looking forward to hearing anout your journey! Be well on your travels!

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  2. Alex

    Kit:
    “It is impossible to communicate to you the conception of the trembling sensation, half pleasurable and half fearful . . .” When I read that in my email this morning I thought you were going to tell me that you had experienced an earthquake.. Keep me posted. I’ll follow your travels. Good luck.

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