I have 67 kg (148lbs) of photos to get back to DC which somewhat exceeds my United baggage allowance even if I leave all my clothes behind. I've had these stored in my son's garage but now that he has a wife she will be moving in with her own "stuff". It's time for me to get these so that I can scan/preserve them.
So … research was required. First I tried Australia Post which is how I got my worldly possessions to America nearly 10 years ago. The lady told me in 3 minutes that it would cost an exorbitant.1,228.30.$$$$ – though she didn't actually use the word "exorbitant" – she had a tone that suggested I was getting such a bargain that I should race home pack them up and get back in time to catch the last post of the day.
I had actually saved up and budgeted an amount of $1,000 for this exercise but I was not really expecting to have to use it all.
I had seen an advertisement for Fed Ex International Economy so I rang Lawrence in India and had a nice conversation where he used my name a lot as well as "that's a good question Emjay, I can tell you the answer"… After 10 or 15 minutes Lawrence decided that Economy service was not going to work for me and that actually the 25kg flat rate boxes sent at Priority service would be cheaper (apparently the economy service just means it takes longer to get there!).
So … today they will start their journey to the manservant's office and the cost of getting them there in about 3 days will be less than $800.. (FYI: Oz Post could send them by sea for about $650 but I've seen those statistics on how many containers go overboard every year…).
The landscape got a little greener as we headed towards the Hunter Valley…
This little church was in the middle of nowhere ( I love the "outhouse"):
A few of the very small towns have these fancy big signs:
This place thinks it is in the Mediterranean – these are all olive trees:
And, now, we interrupt our pleasant country drive to bring some ugly open cut mining….
I remember a couple of years ago you could not see this from the road…