Walking To New Orleans…..via New York and Austin.

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The fact that my flight to Sydney has been delayed by an hour hardly seems to bother me given what I am about to see this weekend in New York. It was a spur of the moment decision confirmed by the fact that I managed to get a ticket for the first night through Ticketmaster. Later, I got one for Saturday through a broker (and that was not too expensive).

So, I am nearly on my way. Security was a breeze due to the new rotating scanners that mean I do not have to take off my shoes and have a body search because of my knee replacement. Immigration was another matter with the hall packed with more people than I have ever seen there. It seems that most Australians are leaving the country – and with the dollar at US$1.05 who can blame us?  There also appeared to be a great many Chinese tourists, though they could have been Taiwanese, I suppose. I asked the immigration officer if it was always this busy and she said that nowadays it was.

Amazingly, I managed to get four hours sleep last night, mainly because I did not finish all the work I had to do! My checked in bag weighed 15.4kg – the lightest I have travelled for a while. (The bag to Byron Bay was 22kg!).

I awoke thinking I had forgotten something and I still have that sneaking feeling. The other night before I went to bed I created a mnemonic to help me remember a few things I had to do. Only problem was that I couldn’t recall what the first part was until twelve hours later. I think I need to write things down.

A hint to those travelling on the New Orleans tour – travel light. Pack once and then take one third of it out. You will buy plenty of souvenir t-shirts there and other clothes are cheap. Macy’s is always having sales and you get a 10% discount there if you get a Visitor card. I have one pair of shoes and I am wearing them. I am planning on buying another pair in the USA.

Time to board…….

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM (rrr.org.au) in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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