Growing Old Outrageously: A Memoir of Travel and Friendship
|Author:||Hilary Linstead & Elisabeth Davies|
Two old school friends reconnect unexpectedly after thirty-five years and discover that they both love travelling - and the more exotic and far-flung the location, the better! Not having a clue whether they will get along, and realising each other's well-developed eccentricities could make things even more fraught, the pair embarks on a trial journey to Morocco to see if they can survive the stresses of travelling into the unknown. They soon discover their delight in laughing at themselves and each other, and quickly rekindle their friendship. That tentative beginning has turned into a series of wonderful extended holidays, and Hilary and Liz have been circumnavigating the globe ever since. Among many other destinations, they have taken in Marrakech, Fez and the Atlas Mountains in North Africa; Patagonia and the Galapagos Islands; Istanbul, Cappadocia and Antalya in Turkey; safaris in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and the Serengeti; music festivals in Naples and Prague; and the western isles of Mull and Iona. Along the way they have encouraged, enraged and entertained each other, becoming lifelong friends while living through countless adventures. This is a book for thrill-seekers, the adventurous and armchair travellers alike, a celebration of friendship, laughter and all that's good in the world - and an inspiration for anyone who's longed to venture outside their comfort zone and travel to exotic places. Leap and the net will appear, and life will never seem so much fun!
"I warned people not to let these two women of a certain age loose on the world. Now look what's happened." - Louis Nowra
Hilary Linstead and Elisabeth Davies went to school together in the UK before their lives took very different turns. Hilary Linstead left England for Australia at twenty-one, pursuing a bloke and her dream of becoming an actress. Hilary discovered that she couldn't make a full-time living as an actress and went into business with a friend first as a casting director, later becoming the first theatrical agent for directors and designers in Australia, representing many distinguished clients like Neil Armfield, Gillian Armstrong, Baz Luhrmann, Louis Nowra and Wendy Harmer. Elizabeth Davies went to Cambridge University, graduated in Economics and became a civil servant and freelance journalist. Meeting up again much later in life, they discovered their mutual love of travel and embarked on the series of adventures that are the subjects of this book. Both continue to travel to exotic locations and indulge their love of interesting food (there are great recipes in the book), art, theatre and music.