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Continental Drifting

Ken Brandon

The truth at last - what really happened on those trips

I suppose if someone asked me to choose the best decade of my life, I would probably select that time from the mid-70s to the mid-80s. Apart from a moment when I briefly and unsuccessfully dipped my toes into the sea of matrimony, it was a good life. I was unencumbered by career, emotional commitment or geography. It was a time when I gave my heart freely and frequently. I had almost finished my university degree which I had begun after a few years wandering through my own wilderness and had taken every second year off to see the world. This decade, for me, was my belle époque. Whilst in Sydney I became an ambulance officer, drove taxis, worked as a trolley boy in a major hospital, and various other jobs in order to earn the wherewithal to continue my travels. It was a time of adventure, of romance, of exploration of my inner workings, many of which were reflective and quite painful, and a time of observing and understanding relationships. 

While most people leave school and set their course on a career, I took almost twenty years to find my calling. Meanwhile, life called me and I was there to answer that call.

So, this book covers many facets of that decade, written often in a humorous vein considering some of the predicaments in which I found myself and often with a good dose of introspection and an exploration of relationships between people and between people and existence. Even though the chapters, each one very different, are set against the backdrop of exotic destinations in the Third World, one would not necessarily glean a traveller’s insight into these places. One would simply be taken along with the reminiscences of a life well-lived. It’s, in part, through optimising circumstances, a chronicle of a life that very few people get to experience.

 

 

 

About the Author

Ken is an Eastern Suburbs local who punctuated his tertiary education with numerous overseas expeditions, some of the stories of which are recounted in this book.

Ken has been teaching now for thirty-five years, the last thirty at Bronte Public School where, at age 71, still teaches part time specialising in gifted and talented education.

Except for the five or so years he spent travelling, he has lived most of his life around the seaside suburbs of Bondi and Bronte. Ken can be seen at Bondi Beach around daybreak where he undertakes his morning walks and swims, year-round, across the bay.

 

 

Continental Drifting by Ken Brandon

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ISBN: 978-1-922409-80-5
Format: Paperback 244mm x 170mm
Extent: 248 pages
RRP: $29.95
Publisher: Vivid Publishing
Category: Non-Fiction -- Travel Adventure
Distribution: Contact Author