So I have a Nikon D40 that’s six years old and I was running into the limits of that camera after taking quite an extensive course in photography at the Photoschool a while back. I was able to buy a new Nikon D7100 around Christmas, with a new set of (second hand, that stuff is expensive!) lenses. But now with the D7100 I feel like I bought a new computer instead of just a camera. I bought a handy guide to go with it, but haven’t had the time to read it and figure it all out. So I’m looking forward to some time off so I can see whether I can get the hang of this thing. We hope to make quite an impressive trip this summer, and photos are my favourite way to preserve memories, next to the travel journal (pen and paper) I always keep. Summer is not that far off any more, so I’d better start practising! If anyone has any tips on photography, they’re always welcome!

Days off

There are so many days off coming up, with King’s Day, may break and Ascension that I’m not even sure when I’m working and when I’m off. Not that I’m complaining. Some people think that working in education means you have more time off than time you spend at work, but teachers generally see these days as compensation for all the extra hours you work but don’t get paid. I’m teaching an entirely new course, which I’m responsible for, so the days off are a welcome break from all the stress. Now I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that the weather will cooperate, and we can all enjoy some welcome sunshine and warm weather. Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself, but it feels like summer is almost around the corner! What plans do you have for your days off?

Credit card bookings

Question: have you ever had to share your entire set of credit card details to make a booking? It seems with Australian hotels and camping sites this is an entirely normal procedure, and no matter what alternatives you offer, they will not proceed with your reservation unless you send them everything. We were lucky last year, but one of our credit cards just got blocked by the bank, because of unauthorized payments, made in Alaska… I was wondering if anyone else has come across this, and found a way to handle these bookings more securely?