Tuesday, May 15, 2007
The Spirit of Tasmania
The Spirit of Tasmania is of course the name of the ferry service which sails daily from Melbourne to Devonport on the island's north coast.
The voyage across Bass Strait takes about 10 hours.
I heard one of the locals describe the ferry as 'our highway to the mainland'.
But for me there is another spirit of Tasmania and I'm sure I am not the only person who has experienced it.
It seems that almost everyone who travels to the Apple Isle is attracted to it in a way they cannot explain.
It's hard to know if it's the friendliness, the clean green philosophy, the easy going way of life, the homeliness - but it is a feeling which grabbed me as soon as I stepped off the plane.
While driving around the state (of only 400,000 people) I kept hearing myself say, "I love it here".