Well the 5th Unlock the Past cruise is underway, and as we’re stopped in port today (with internet of some sort, but it’s better than none), it has given me time to sit and write something.
But before I get too much into the cruise happenings itself, let me tell you about the two days before that started.
The Unlock the Past cruise team (myself included), arrived in London on Thursday (17th July). As it was in the morning, it gave us a chance to make our way to our hotel to dump our bags, and then go for a wander around.
Planes, maybe a train, and no doubt buses and taxis, as well as a big ship are what I will be experiencing soon, as in a few days time I’ll be on my way to London to go on Unlock the Past’s 5th cruise. So the suitcase is out, the passport is packed, and so are my European plugs, and my Unlock the Past cruise t-shirts. The rest I need to work out this weekend!
This is Unlock the Past’s 5th history and genealogy cruise, and it will be first real international one, as all their previous cruises have left from either Australian or New Zealand ports. This one starts from London, then goes up to Scotland, around to Ireland, stops at the Islands, touches on France, and then heads back to London. So it’ll be quite a trip!
It’s the end of June, and yet I still haven’t event reported on “HISTORY MONTH” yet. What can I say … life, work and writing for multiple blogs means that this one has taken a bit of backseat. So while it is belated, I still wanted to write my thoughts on the events that I went to during South Australia’s History Month.
So firstly just a bit about South Australia’s History Month (also known as the About Time History Festival). Originally it started out as History Week, but it grew to be History Month and it’s held every May, and this year there was a record number of events (555 all up) scheduled. For historians or genealogists it is a month to look forward to and immerse yourself in history. Though you most certainly have to be a history-nut to enjoy the events held.
It goes without saying that the year is zipping by. It seems the older you get, the faster it goes. That’s just the way it is!! Anyway it seems like it wasn’t that long ago when I hopped on the big ship in Sydney for the 4th Unlock the Past cruise and travelled around the southern states of Australia. And I know I still haven’t even finished my reports on it. That’s really been a case of too many blogs I want to and need to write, and not enough time to write them all. So some get done, while those got put on hold. But they WILL get done, I promise, just very belatedly.
Anyway today is the 19th of April, which means in three months time on the 19th of July I shall be boarding another ship in London and setting sail for my first cruise around the UK with Unlock the Past’s 5th cruise. I’ll be arriving in