Aspie in Wanderland: Grinning like a cheshire cat

As I was looking for accommodation around the Macedon Ranges region, I turned to Airbnb for potential accommodation. I’ve never booked with an Airbnb before. Being a private introvert, I was unsure about staying at someone else’s place and sharing facilities for 5-6 nights. What if the host decides to cancel just before the trip? It seems too risky and unpredictable for my standards. However, I did seriously consider it as an option as there aren’t many budget hotels available. In the end, I did book with an Airbnb host despite my apprehension. What makes me change my mind? Because cats live in the house. I got hypurr excited when I caught a glimpse of a ginger in one of the photos. After I submitted my reservation request, my host replied with the question “why are you here for so many days?” I explained that we don’t have a car so we would rather find a convenient base where we could stay for a few nights to explore the region (I didn’t mention the cats). The host accepted my request. Nevertheless, she canceled my reservation the next day and explained that there was a storm overnight which damaged her house. Perhaps she was as nervous as I was to share a place with a stranger for 6 nights? Purrhaps she saw through my plan (with the cats)? I’ll give her the benefit of doubt at least, I still have time to look for alternative accommodation. She has also made my search for accommodation easier as it makes me realise that I’d be much more comfortable looking for an accommodation without shared facilities.

Even though I didn’t get to stay in a house with cats, there were still plenty of cat encounters during my holiday. I don’t care real or fake, art or graffiti, merchandise or window display, whatever manner or form, if you’ve got cat, you’ve got my attention.

This few months old kitty belongs to a second-hand bookshop and the mountains of books are her playground.Β 

This friendly cat below lives just a few blocks away from our ‘home’ in Kyneton.

The two cats below belong to our driver/guide. They are named after characters in Pokemon.


I got supurr excited when I saw Misty (below) because she reminds me a lot of my cat as they share the same coat colour!!!


“Ragdoll” by Nicole Barros


7 thoughts on “Aspie in Wanderland: Grinning like a cheshire cat

    1. Thanks! It was a pity I couldn’t get a clearer picture of her, she keeps moving about and the store is literally packed with books that are lying on the ground, its a hide and seek paradise for the cat!! 😻

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      1. Yes, I couldn’t agree more my dream walden,
        I will definitely write about them on a day that adds up as “SIX” ~
        “Love for family, social awareness, and compassion, being the highest priority for a Cat person.

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