If you recall back in December while we were in Australia we had an accident with our telephoto camera lens. It was dropped and broken. So we immediately spent $700 in Sydney to replace it. It was a borrowed camera so it had to be done, plus we loved the camera, especially that lens! Anyways, turns out, this new lens was broken too. Talk about bad luck! We then spent our entire day in Melbourne, our next port, dealing with the issue. We bought a second new lens for another $700 and made an agreement with the store we bought the first one from in Sydney that we could return it for a refund, so off went the first replacement lens via Australia Post.
Flash forward to February. We are home in Canada and have still heard nothing and received no refund. So we start making calls which we couldn’t do on the trip since we were either busy or in a different time zone. Turns out, nobody has any record WHATSOEVER of the lens. The camera store never received it, Australia Post doesn’t have any record of it. Poof! It has magically disappeared and there’s not a dam thing we can do about it. And to top it off, all of our insurance options at home won’t cover us! Bah! I don’t know why I even pay for insurance sometimes!
So the good news is: we are now the proud owners of the original dropped broken lens, (which we don’t have a camera for, and is going to cost another couple hundred bucks still to fix…It is turning out to be the most expensive camera ever) But, it takes amazing pictures!
Yup, we are both on the job hunt, which ironically means that we’ve been really productive in other areas of life. We renovated our bathroom, installed some new light fixtures in the basement, and have watched a lot of olympics. But we’re working hard to get jobs. Really.
“I can’t believe we drove around all day and there’s not a single job in this town. Nothing, nada, zip.” … “Yeah, unless you want to work forty hours a week!”
Anyways, I’ve been working on doing “something” with all of our photos from our trip so this is my first attempt at “something”. Granted, it’s from half-way through the trip, but it was really truly a memorable day for us. It was our first real chance to go off on our own and explore around South Africa which we LOVED! And now that I’ve learned my way through video editing a bit I can go back to the start and work on the trip from beginning to end! It will be like starting the journey all over again!
“We’re really doing it Harry!!”
Last week we went from +30 degrees to -30 degrees. That sucked! We’ve been trying to get back to reality….it’s not working too well for us yet.
Also, I started going through our photos, we took over 7000! And a couple hundred movies. There’s a lot I didn’t post from the end of our trip because we were a lot busier and we didn’t have internet for a lot of it. I could post a photo a day for 19 years! So get ready for that. 🙂
Anyways, we have a tradition to buy a fridge magnet wherever we go as our “souvenir”. I don’t have a before photo but we only had about 15 magnets. We’re gonna need a bigger fridge…..