A young sporty girl from Oz, with a strong interest in Eastern Europe! Well an interest in all travel really but can speak some bad polish so....
The plan: Expeditioning by day, drinking beer by night!!
Alcoa, Barwon Water and Earthwatch are sending this lucky girl to the northern mountains of Czech Republic, the Jirserkie Mountains specifically.
Our role is to help them with the'yre current montioring of rehabiliation of this eco system - which was badly affected from acid rain and also deforestation.
Yes I feel extremely proud to be invovled in this and am looking forward to meeting all the other participants from around the world. It will definately be an expereince i wont soon forget.
Where else would I go after Czech Republic...hmmmmm POLAND of course!!
I will try and do my best as i did a couple fo years ago, to inspire and entertain as my randomly receive my updates.
My expedition will also be on a daily blog via this website, check it out
August 16th 2010
I think this will be my last blog, eventhough I am currently in Brno, Czech Republic = most the last part of my trip was in Poland. My vacation post expedition started in rainy Warsaw. Yes raining. I was so excited to escape the rain from Prague that I accidently brought it with me and it managed to stay with me until my last day in Warsaw. I was staying with mz friend Karol and his girlfriend in a 1 room flat, very cosy! A brief stint in Warsaw to catch up with friends. Its nice to arrive at a place and instantly be familar with your surroundings and know where things are. Thats how i feel in Warsaw. The most crazy thing that happened to be which I will mention is getting lost on which ... read more
August 6th 2010
So after the teary goodbyes from my Earthwatch team, I arrived to familiar faces of my fathers cousin Janet and her husband a native Czech from Moravia, Frank. They are currently on a big Europe holiday mainly in Czech Republic and were housesitting in cute cottage on the outskirts of Prague in the suburb Czarny Most. My host tried to convince to stay in Prague city because to Prague citizens its the eld of the world. But im happy i got to see this old village which is on the edge of Prague and is now the focus of major commerical and residential development and the cute cottage we were staying in. Staight into some daytrips. Our first day trip was to Podebrady. Podebrady is a spa town, the springs here were found only in 1920. ... read more
July 18th 2010
And so our Earthwatch experience began one day early. Thanks to the wonder of the internet, I had researched a restaurant in Prague and made a reservation! 6 of the team met at the restaurant and enjoyed a traditional czech meal. So lets skip to Saturday to when we offically met. I have been to Prague 11 yeas ago, so my first two days were spent reconnecting with this beautiful city. Though i tried hard i was late and kept the group waiting for our night out in Prague. Lets introduce the Earthwatch crew: Marta and Belen from Spain, Thelma, Megan and myself from awesome Australia, Svetlana from Russia, Mohammed from Suriname and Claude from Canada and our great host Josef from Prague. We were soon to meet our wacky but lovely driver Dobroslav! Many different ... read more
August 4th 2008
I remember my last trip to Krakow well, perhaps not all in terms of visually but physically too. Nine years ago I went to Krakow for the weekend. That weekend didn't start as well as it could of. It might have been the sour beetroot juice or some dodgy polish attempt of pasta, but I got a nasty case of food poisoning. So yes I remember Krakow well! And how beautiful this city is. I almost didn't want to attempt to photograph it, unsure I could encapsulate the beauty and present it how it really is. Reunited after 9 years with my old roomie Ania,a delay in the arrival of my luggage ensured a morning of lots of eating and catching up. Who better than to spend the next 4 days with, then an artist. Ania ... read more
July 31st 2008
Ok so this is ddelayed, just letting readers know am back in Oz but still want to share my stories. I was excited and daunted at the same time coming to Russia, especially Moscow. A bit of a set back arriving in Moscow, still unwell and multiple days of little sleep I decided to have a rest day and try and kick the virus. Still trying to kick the virus as it had kicked me! In many ways and has put a dampner on my Russian trip. I haven't even drunk alcohol for over 1 week. Anyhoo Moscow as I found out, not so scary. Lots of warnings, left me a bit concerned for my safety but honestly it's like any other big city; London or New York. The Kremlin is the centre of this city. ... read more
July 30th 2008
Saint Petersburg Quick facts: Russia's second biggest city. The city city consists of 42 islands. The entire inner city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Named after the apostle Peter, it was the capital from the 18th century - 1917. The city name was changed from St Petersburg, to Petrograd, again after 1924 to Leningrad, and back to St Petersburg in 1991. Well my second Russian city...I think I would have more positive things to report if I didn't have such a bad cold! I feel lousy, but must get out and see everything. Though it's not with the same vigour as normal, which is a real shame. Like for example yesterday I was feeling so-so but was out and about investigating and finding beautiful surprises. I thought I'll try and get an "early ... read more
July 16th 2008
On the 6th week of my overseas trip I am currently sitting in a park witha beautiful fountain writing this on a nice summers day. The weather here is very strange. It has been humid at times, but most days it is cloudy and often looks like it will rain and it has a fair bit. Bu currently it's quite clear. Today I eel 100 times better than yesterday. I feel as if I have new eyes and a new heart to the city. Aside from normal reasons for grumpiness, I think Russia can overwhelm you. You can't let it break you. It takes a little while to adjust,it's hard to explain. This is Russia, once one of the worlds leading superpowers (is it still?). It's enormity covers many areas, geographical, presence, language, the list goes ... read more
July 9th 2008
The little white beast……… So I could either sit on my butt (dupa) for 1 week or see as much as I can before Russia. So what the heck?! I rented a car, my little white Fiat. Thank god for my few experiences driving in Poland already, because I don't know if I would've had the confidence or I would have had at least more stress and problems on the road. I won't lie, I did feel very nervous at the start and the first 5 mins I stalled a couple fo times and yes in the middle of an intersection! And i was beeped at alot, but you should see me now! Just one of the Poles, I like the way they drive, very similar to me. I had researched my trip heavily, armed with ... read more
July 9th 2008
The Tri Cities - Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot I travelled from the farm in Mazuria on Sunday 22nd of June. About a 5 hour trip with a nasty vodka hangover from the night before at the tacky disco with the sleazy manager, giving me lots of vodka shots. Needless to say I spent most of the trip sleeping and drinking water! Initially I had planned on staying in Gdansk, though I had no accomodation booked. But when i arrived I decided I wanted to stay in Sopot, which is a beach town, though alot smaller. What a great decision! After walking around for a while with all my luggage and also my hangover I found a room. People advertised vacant rooms in private houses in they're windows. A nice small room and this way I can ... read more
June 25th 2008
So i was glad to get out of the consumer driven, buy buy atmosphere of Warsaw, though i do love Warsaw for all it's history. Gize is a small village about 5 hours north of poland and maybe 100 or less km's from the Russian border. It's also close the Lithuainian border, will i will mention more about later. Estate Gize Marczak is an organic farm. It is a eco-tourism farm. Which means it has some rooms to stay (very nice i may add) and also large rooms for parties, weddings etc. It's in the lake area of Poland and this farm has it's own lake, from which we drink and wash in. Also it is surround by beautiful forest. Regardless of what I learnt etc, it's a very peaceful and beautiful place. Somewhat sometimes like ... read more