Piping on Tasmania

by Annalise on September 19, 2009

LAUNCESTON – We’ve enjoyed almost a week on the island already – it is a gorgeous and physically diverse area – a tropical rain forest on the east side with beautiful beaches, ranching in the middle, tremendous rivers and mountainous (little ones by Alberta standards) through the state park which takes up about a 1/3 of the island on the west side.  Today Robin is participating in a piping workshop hosted  by the St. Andrew’s Calendonian Pipe Band of Launceston.  Dave had made contact with them prior to our departure to arrange the connection and he practiced with the band on Wednesday night.  He had such fun to be playing with the band and I think, to be the featured Canadian guest.  They invited him to stay for the workshop so here we are.  In the meantime, David and I are  enjoying a coffee at the laundrette and doing trip planning for our 3 day walk-in camping on the Freycinet Peninsula starting tomorrow.  Good fun.  People are pretty down to earth here and predominantly friendly with on the odd bitter exception.  It is a relatively remote location.  The hostel staff’s description of the love/hate relationship many Tasmanian’s have with their island reminded me of the Inuvik experience for some.

Anyway, we’re all very well and enjoying  being here for sure.  On the 24th we fly to Melbourne, where I’m confident we’ll be meeting other pipers.  It is proving to be a very effective and fun connection point to meeting Australians.

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