It doesn't seem that long since we hitch-hiked from London and hopped on the ferry from Dover to Calais. We had backpacks, passports, and no real idea where we were going except to the Continent and wherever the next drive took us. Even if it was uncharted, life - and travel - seemed so uncomplicated.
We're about to go there again soon, with passports, but this time loaded down with Arrangements: the right flight for the body clock; the best connections; advice on crime and how to protect yourself against it as best you can; three - or four star hotels; delayed hotel checkouts, transfers and all and all. Most of it is necessary and helpful. But getting health insurance proved a challenge.
In our day when English channel ferries surged across those historic, choppy waters, Java was still an exotic place, not a computer language. Things were more straightforward - but then weren't we all?