It’s time to leave New Jersey

19 August 2013

Dear readers and friends around the world,

After my exciting travels with Paprika and Oregano, it was time to say goodbye so that I could travel to western Australia for the next leg of my fantastical voyage. Reggie’s great-aunt (?) Gudrun, who lives in the town of Karratha, had invited me to visit her there, and to join her and her family on a trip to the Seychelles.

“We had such a fun visit with you, Flat Kathy. You are an easy-going traveler. You’re welcome to stay with us anytime,” said Oregano before he gave me hug and headed out the door to work.

“Flat Kathy, as much as I hate for you to leave, we must get going to the post office to prepare you for your trip,” Paprika said.

“I’ll just go say goodbye to Linus and Sam and then I’ll be ready to go.”

Linus and Sam had one final sniff which, I guess, is their version of a hug.

“Okay, Paprika, I’m ready to go now,” I declared, secretly wiping away a tear. As much as I love saying hello to new friends, saying goodbye to them does make me feel rather melancholy.

Paprika and I go to the local post office, where we buy a large envelope so that I will have enough room to move around a bit and to stretch my legs on the long flight to Australia.
Paprika and I go to the local post office, where we buy a large envelope so that I will have enough room to move around a bit and to stretch my legs on the long flight to Australia.

We drove to the nearest post office where Paprika picked out a large cushy envelope for me to travel in. She said I would be traveling first class. But, when I took a look at this envelope, I realized that it wasn’t exactly what I had in mind. I was picturing something more like first class on an airplane: champagne, fresh cookies, a wide comfortable seat, stimulating conversations with fellow passengers…. Ah well.

“Travel safely, Flat Kathy. I’ll miss seeing your bright smile every day,” Paprika said with a tear in her eye. “I’ll follow your adventures on your blog, but please let me know when you arrive in Australia.”

“Thank you, Paprika, for showing me around such diverse parts of the United States,” I said, finding it rather hard to swallow for a moment. “I’m certainly a lucky girl to meet such wonderful people and see such amazing sights.”

Paprika and I hugged each other tightly, then I climbed into my envelope, ready to begin the long journey to the other side of the world.

Yours in flatness and love,

Flat Kathy

We are both feeling a little emotional at our parting, but Paprika reassures me that I am welcome to visit them again.
We are both feeling a little emotional at our parting, but Paprika reassures me that I am welcome to visit them again.

8 thoughts on “It’s time to leave New Jersey

  1. I can’t believe you’re doing all this travelling without a passport F.K. I think you need one, with a (postage?) stamp from each country and the names of your host family … You have after all, only just begun… Safe travels my flat friend.

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    1. Hello Sybil – I hope the lack of a passport isn’t the reason why our intrepid friend hasn’t yet arrived in Karratha, Western Australia. We’re getting a tad worried about that.

      As you know, I *did* make a passport for her, and started collecting some stamps to put in, but when it came to putting it in the envelope with her, when I sent her to Paprika in New Jersey, I suddenly became doubtful that it was a good idea… The South African Postal Service has one of the worst reputations in the world in terms of delayed, lost, stolen and pilfered packages (I think we’re the only country in the world that Amazon.com refuses to ship to, unless you pay exorbitant courier rates), so I didn’t want to tempt any sticky-fingered post office employees to hijack Flat Kathy en route.

      So I’m not quite sure what to do yet… Need to give this some more thought… Any ideas?

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    1. Isn’t she just marvellous? I’d love some of that adventurous spirit myself, to be honest.

      Mind you, the poor thing seems to have gone astray en route to Australia somehow… Gudrun is anxiously making inquiries at the post office and with her neighbours, as they are departing for the Seychelles on Wednesday, and don’t want Flat Kathy to miss the flight! I too am sooo tense, I can tell you…

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  2. This was posted some time ago, but I am still impressed by the fact that you are able to travel around without a passport. You surely get to go around, don’t you? Safe travel wherever you might be right now.

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    1. Thank you, Otto. Luckily, my lack of a valid passport and visas hasn’t caused any problems.

      I am currently in Germany with Janine, the daughter of Gudrun, with whom I’ve just spent a month on the Seychelles. Us girls had soo much fun, I tell you! I look forward to telling you all about it. Reggie must just get her act together and finish writing up all my adventures!

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