I'm a gypsy at heart, but haven't had the opportunity to follow the wind until now.
I come from a diverse background:
My mum is Brazilian,
My dad is English,
My brother was born in Iran,
and I was born in Kenya.
We lived in Canada for a while before moving to Australia and now i've made the big move out to Japan - solo. I travelled a lot with them when I was younger, but this is my first solo overseas adventure.
This is something I always wanted to do, and now that I am actually doing it, I can hardly believe it.
I teach English as a second language, and as well as being a rewarding experience in itself, it also it feeds my travelbug....
where to next?... I wonder.
p.s. Comments make the world go round (well, my world anyway). Feel free to leave your mark. ^_^
April 4th 2010
Day 4 Coral Bay We booked a trip yesterday to take a 1 hour tour on a glass-bottomed boat at 9am this morning. Unfortunately, not enough people signed up for it and we instead (paid extra and) upgraded to a 2-hour touring plus snorkelling trip. It should be fun, but it meant we had a couple of hours to kill in which we couldn't really organise anything else, and we're still disappointed at the cost of some activities we'd been looking forward to. Deep sea fishing, swimming with whale sharks and looking for dugongs all lie around the $300 mark, per person. We have to treat this trip as the 'paddle of beer' of the north coast. Each stop is like a sample of ale, starting with the pale ale that is Kalbarri, and moving towards ... read more
April 3rd 2010
Day 3 Leg 3: Monkey Mia - Coral Bay (via Carnarvon) We saw Dolphins!!! You probably guessed that we would, since we were staying at the Dolphin resort, but i'm not sure you understood there would be dolphins here - lol. No monkeys. Feeding happens 3 times a day but you're pretty much guaranteed to see dolphins if you go in the morning. About 5 dolphins turned up, and we all stood in line knee deep in the water, each trying to get a photo while dodging elbows heads and noses with our lenses. The dolphins are quite used to it all, and they swim up and down the line with the DEC rangers and flip over in the water, playing and posing. One of then is called Nikki! (She's 34 and has a baby though, ... read more
April 2nd 2010
Day 2 Leg 2: Kalbarri - Monkey Mia Our accommodation in Kalbarri was quite nice, with enough room to swing a cat and everything. No cooker but we had our own. We've decided to cook all our meals ourselves rather than spend our money on overpriced restaurants....we have to save that for fuel. The price seems to be creeping up the further we head north. No sense in grumbling though as without it we wouldn't go anywhere! It's comforting to know we've got 40L in the tray...just in case. Since we didn't have a chance to really see much of Kalbarri the night before, nothing more than a nice cliffside and a sunset, we drove up to Kalbarri National Park to see some interesting natural rock formations and assuage our need to DO something. There's no ... read more
April 1st 2010
What better day than April Fool's to turn our routine on its head and head North instead of South? Every year we usually take a trip to Margaret River or Dunsborough, but for our 5th year anniversary, Danilo planned a trip in the opposite direction. The idea is that we'll stay in resorts on our way up, and then camp our way home. (Though part of me wonders if we should have camped our way up and then recovered by staying in swish resorts with showers and the like...) Day 1 Leg 1: Perth - Kalbarri (aka Perth - Crap we didn't buy a paddle we have to stop in Geraldton and by the way did you bring the accommodation info? - Kalbarri) The lead-up to leaving involved running around in the days before, picking up ... read more
March 31st 2009
So...after my rant about how tourism ruins a country....i'm now going to blog to you about the tour we went on... It's unavoidable really. Unless you want to walk around to see everything or pay 4-12 dollars for a tuktuk ride, you have to do a tour. We became 'package tourists' for the day. We chose the elephant trek, white water rafting (which in an e-mail to dad was described as 'cruising down the river'...err...yeah, sorry about that dad, but you ddn;t worry as much did you?), and extreme sport one. We were picked up -in an air conditioned van - and drove up to Phang Nha province (though in Thai pronunciation, thewordsruntogether and it sounds like PhaNGaaaa). Our tour guide Tarada aka Nok (meaning bird) told us the story of two lovers who's families wouldn't ... read more
March 28th 2009
Well, Siam. I love the sound of that name. The two simple round syllables...Sai-am. I don't know when or why the name change came into effect, but Siam has a historical beuty to the name. Thailand does have a sense of independence though, and people will probably look at me funny if i tell them I went to Siam. It's not hard to see why people like the place. The people are friendly and smiley - always, and the weather is divine. We've had a bit of rain, but usually in the night, or for an hour or so in the afternoon. The rest of the time it's just mushi atsui - hot and humid. I havent done that much on my tan...and have just been trying to get used to the heat, and the idea ... read more
March 13th 2009
I am hoping that in publishing those past blogs i'll feel compelled to put pictures up now so please have faith! Nothing like weighty expectations to get you working right? Well, that's what I'm hoping anyways. If you don't have time to read them now, that's actually great! Maybe by the end of the weekend there will be lovely pictures to look at too. Whoopee! xxx Snickers Edit: It looks like it's working!... read more
March 11th 2009
So, I ate some vegemite yesterday... I'm not sure if that means I am homesick, or that I was just hungry for something salty, but it was nice. -That in itself is scary as I was never a great fan of the spread. For those of you who don't know, vegemite is a concentrated yeast extract that Aussies eat on toast, and was probably dreamed up during a massive beer bender. It's strong and salty and not nearly as pleasant as Bovril...but thinly spread on toast with some butter or margerine, it can be rather nice. It just made me think about home - as if I haven't been doing that enough already - I choose to take it as a sign that I am ready to come home. I do have my doubts about my ... read more
February 28th 2009
Well, my addiction won out again. Instead of saving my ￥en and being responsible, I signed up for another snowboarding tour, this time to Nagano. A lot of people from the Niigata tour would be there, and this time, there were 2 buses going, and 60-80 people. The pattern was much the same as the last trip. Meet up, get on the bus - this time our seats had been allocated - make sure you stock up on drinks, and then off we went. I found it a lot harder to sleep this time around, Even though I was tired, and desperate to sleep, my brain wouldn't switch off and I was focused on all the things I would need to get done in time for my departure. I met a few new paople on this ... read more
February 2nd 2009
Scarcely had I arrived back from my own snow adventure, when I had to go and collect two bodies from the train station after theirs. I had offered my place up to Mr and Mrs Merritt, parents of one of my closest friends and one of them an ex sensei of my own. Linda and Peter Merritt have to be two of the most fun and happy people you could hang around with. It has been almost 10 years since I left school, so it didn't feel awkward. I can actually call him Peter now (after years of calling him Mr Merritt, and once calling him Paul). It did feel somwhat surreal though, but it always does when people from back home are over here. You constantly think to yourself 'wow...I normally see you in ... read more