And I did so.
During the next month or so I watched no television at all, I read no newspapers and I only glanced a few times at Face Book or Twitter…(true!).
Over this time, I discovered that Singapore remains the fascinating place I had found it previously to be and I maintained my decision to not eat at high-class restaurants but to find places where the locals ate - and enjoy the fabulous food. I discovered the breakfast delight of Kaya Toast and am now on a mission to find an Asian grocery store where coconut jam is sold, so that I might make my home version of this delicious treat.
I found that Agean Air have just about the most uncomfortable airline seats ever.
And despite the lovely friendliness of Greek people and their delicious food (there I go again), parts of poor old Athens look decidedly down-at-heel and the air pollution (due to lack of trees, I’m told) is horrific.
In UK, I discovered how delightful a tiny granddaughter could be and nearly wore out a pair of shoes experiencing and appreciating the beauty of The Cotswolds during one of England’s most pleasant summers ever.
Having now returned to Australia, I am trying not to be too involved in television news but, even the fact that Donald Trump is still in the White House, let alone sabre rattling with North Korea is a depressing fact indeed.
Floods in many parts of the world are proving fatal for thousands, while still many in power refuse to acknowledge climate change as the truly awful future we are facing.
There is genocide of the Myanmar Rohingya people happening as we watch helplessly, it seems.
Not a happy world to enter back into.
Added to this, on a personal level, I have just returned from a week interstate due to a bereavement, involving the death of my brother-in-law, whom I had known for almost all my life. He was so loved and will be sorely missed.
About the only bright spot on my return from overseas was to find a helpful and lovely comment (on a blog posted way back in September last year) when I had written on the subject of ‘Our Better Angels’. Thank you Nigel Harrison, I appreciated your comments.
And, now, I am trying to return to some sort of normalcy, after flying to the other side of the world and back and spending precious time with my UK family.
But please someone tell me that our politicians have gained some decency in the last months.
And, how much longer does the world (no longer just USA) have to tolerate Donald Trump?
Some good news, please!