Racewars!

So, I’m in Albany. I’m here for the weekend for Racewars—one of those BIG car events that everyone in the scene knows about, but that I’ve somehow never been to before…

But there’s a first time for everything, right? So here I am, with my handy dandy media pass, blogging Racewars for the weekend.

I left Perth at around 10am with my mumma in tow, and managed a solid two hours of driving before my fatigue kicked in and she had to take over. We took the inland route—Albany Highway all the way—which was not the most scenic choice, but definitely the most direct.

Tim Winton’s fictional town Angelus was in my mind as we drove closer to Albany. Mum and I chatted about the town’s history, about roads and ruins and shipwrecks and the people who came before. It’s an odd place, I think. Has a funny sort of vibe to it. Being here sort of feels like being at the edge of the Earth. Which is true, in a way.

The stars are stunning. I just wish my new glasses were ready in time for this trip, so I could see them more clearly. I saw a shooting star and thought of my work colleagues and their frequent trips out into the desert; how beautiful the skies must be out there.

Tomorrow I’ll get to watch some cool cars go fast, and write some words about it. It should be fun!

Last day in New York

Today we attended the Ivy Native Council Fall Summit, which featured presentations and workshops on the theme of Expansion, Intervention, Refusal: Representing Indigeneity through Art in New York City.

I left at lunch time due to fatigue, but prior to that I got to chat with some lovely Indigenous students from all over the US about our experiences and our homes.

One student from Arizona showed me pictures of her home town—the landscape was gorgeous. The colours reminded me of Western Australia, but the topography was completely different. She showed me a picture of a cedar tree and the trunk looked very much like that of a bottlebrush, though the structure of the branches and leaves was very different.

I napped in the afternoon, and then a group of us went out to a Japanese restaurant a couple of blocks away for dinner. The food was delicious and made me miss all the amazing little Japanese places in Perth. I’m keen for Hakata Gensuke ramen when I get home!

Tomorrow morning we’re taking a short flight to Boston. It looks like it’ll be a busy week at Harvard but I’m hoping to cancel or reschedule a couple of my meetings so I don’t burn out.

I’m very glad I made it to Central Park yesterday. It’s actually made it easier to notice and appreciate what little greenery is scattered around the city.

Thanks, New York, and see you again.

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The opening presentation at the Ivy Native Council Fall Summit