01/07/2015 Travellers Conversations
Travellers Conversations tend to kick off pretty much the same way – “G’day. Where have you come in from?” or perhaps “How long are you staying?” if you might be eyeing off their particular camp spot. That opener breaks the ice and the conversation runs on from there. The thing that we share with everyone else in a campground is “travelling”. We are all from some other place and on our way to somewhere else.
But having kicked off the Travellers Conversation, it takes on a standard theme. Get a couple of people together with any common interest and before you know it, the conversation is like a tennis match; one person serves up their particular line, the other receives and returns theirs. Put a couple of travellers together, doesn’t matter whether they are male or female, and very quickly they start talking about how they do a particular thing, or how they’ve set up their rig, or how great a particular camp spot was on the other side of the country.
It never fails.
Travellers Conversations are enjoyable and informative, and often we take away a useful gem or two. Not every time though. One guy I got talking to was just so enthusiastic about how he’d converted all his on-board storage to “48 baskets, nothing else, just 48 baskets” and proceeded to detail where each one was located. Sometimes, despite the other person’s enthusiasm and excitement over their own experiences, it can be difficult to share it with them to the same extent. “Well, nice talking with you. Think I may have left the kettle on…”
Di loves to get into Travellers Conversations, particularly about the special places people have been. And she’ll make notes and borrow their Camps Book to compare anecdotes with our book. Most times, these pay off and we end up in a great place. In the meantime, I’m looking at converting our on-board storage to baskets…
“When you come to a fork in the road….take it.” – Yogi Berra