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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Stewart Island » Oban July 20th 2014

Dear diary..... JACKPOT ! Vandaag was fenomenaal! We hebben een dag 'opgeofferd' aan rijden om op S.I. te raken, maar we zijn maar wat blij dat we hier waren. We begonnen de dag onder een stralende winterzon. Stevig ontbijt as usual ( eggs and bacon), en daarna naar het visitor centrum om onze route te plannen. We stippelden een route uit langs de kustlijn van het eiland die ongeveer 6 uur zou duren. Een korte stop in de lokale supermarkt en we konden vertrekken. Gewapend met sportdrank - sommigen onder ons hadden wat problemen met dehydratatie ten gevolge van de activiteiten vorige avond - en mongolenstuutjes trokken we de bushes in. Het ging al meteen bergop ! Het hoogste punt van het eiland is slechts 163m boven de zeespiegel, maar het eiland is niet groot en ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin July 20th 2014

Well last time I wrote was a long time ago and a long way away - a different state and time zone in fact. We waited an extra day in Seisia for lighter winds but did not get them. Where one British boat left another, that knew them, took their place so we introduced ourselves. I managed to hitch a ride to and from Bamaga, for something to do, both times with aboriginals. I asked the guy driving the first car what sights I should see and his only suggestion was buying a cray-fish pie. Bamaga is truly a one-street town, with a few dusty shops, one pub with drive through bottle shop, a collection of shonky looking houses and a sparkling new library and centrelink office. I got a coupe of pies and left. 5th ... read more
Nervously leaving Seisia to cross the gulf
A pleasant sunset for our first night
Alex's watching movies with little BigBird

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane » Southbank July 20th 2014

Nedeli jsme se Sophii (ktera je mozna moje vzdalena pribuzna-jeji deda emigroval z Ceska a nese stejne prijmeni jako moje prababicka) vydaly prozkoumat Brisbane na kole. Po meste je nekolik stanku, plati se 2$/den,do 30 minut pak vypujceni zdarma, nad 30min se plati extra. Dojely jsme na Southbank,kde se konal festival jidla a varily celebrity, mne zcela nezname.potom jsme vyslapaly kamsi dal od centra a.daly si vietnamskou nudlovou polevku,ktera by stacila pro dva. Jinak cestovani na mestskych kolech: Uff! Najit helmu u kola byl zazrak. Zlaty rucicky jsou nejen cesky.. Ve meste objevit prazdny stojan navraceni kola byl mnohdy pekny orisek. Jednou jsme kvuli tomu o 3 minuty pretahly, grr. Dalsi 2,2$. Pokud stojan pekne a specificky nepipne, znamena to, ze kolo sice stoji,ale uctuje se, jako by nestalo. Hodina a 27 minut je jeste krasna ... read more
food festival,celebrity dovarily
australska celebrita
giganticka vietnamska polevka

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown July 20th 2014

It is going to be fun writting this entry, and some of you may laugh few times at some of the comments. After being 4 years and a half away from New Zealand, I'm back to the land of welcoming people, gorgeous scenery and amazing wine....this time, to ski in Queenstown....4 nights here, and 3 full days of skiing. My last visit to Queenstown was in the summer, on a campervan, with the kids...and a campervan full of wine. This time, I'm coming by plane...Bangkok to Auckland, and a fast transfer direct to Queenstown. But first, the kids are going to Vietnam for the coming few weeks, as it has been over the last few years. We went all together at the airport as there flight was just 3 hours before mine. All this after running ... read more
Queenstown by Lake Wakatipu
Coronet Peak...slightly crowded...
What a view...Coronet Peak...


Let me first start by saying that my heart goes out for the victims and families of both the missing MH-370 and the MH-17. Words cannot describe the sympathy and sadness I wish I could express to you all. Going away changed me, it changed the way I think and the way I feel about a lot of things. Not in a bad way but a good way, it changed my perceptions of the world and the people around me. I feel I have grown a lot from my time away and become a lot more independent, my love for journalism has grown and now I will actively try and pursue a career as a journalist. This may mean I have to move interstate but then if I do I will have that experience to move ... read more

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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia July 19th 2014

Oh what a dreadful day we woke up to. It just rained and rained and we had wonderful thunder storms. So the four of us stayed in. We had our tasty Shabbat lunch and played Rumikub and Bananagrams. It was a relaxing shabbat and lovely to be together. Allegra House is very comfortable and the Martis have a very nice lounge which can be used by their guests. It even has a piano which Gwenlli was very happy to practice on. In the evening Caroline came with us for a short drive to forage for food. ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney July 19th 2014

FACES OF THE PHILIPPINES...Meeting Liliram's Extended Family. I've travelled the world enjoying the hospitality this great planet offers...enjoying smiles and meals with peoples of the four "Cs"...various countries, creeds, colours and cultures. And it often strikes me...we don't really know the soul of the four "Cs"...until they embrace us with hospitality...welcome us into their family...their way. We welcome people from around the world into our home...it's our way. Recently Denise and I were embraced with Filippino hospitality...and it blew us away. Welcome to the world of Liliram's extended family...gathered together to honour a matriarch...no better excuse for a get-together. No better excuse for me to share my portraits of these beautiful people...smiles and love for each other aplenty. ****** Lili we know as Liliram...lives in the Philippines..... read more
MEETING LILI AT LAST
LEVY...BIRTHDAY GIRL
LEVY, DENISE & LILI

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Massey July 19th 2014

Leigh drove me down to Auckland to spend a few days with Joseph, Stacey and Thomas. We had lovely weather - lucky me! Thomas is out of hospital and now trying to get back to his old routine. We spent lots of time cuddling and trying to get some sleep!! Here are a few photos - not many as too busy!! Leigh came to collect me today and we popped in to see Ben and Claire and the new addition to their family - a greyhound called Snowflake.... read more
First time in the sensory box after coming home from hospital
Yummy lunch time
Lunch out at St Lukes shopping centre

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane » Fortitude Valley July 19th 2014

Po cca 19 hodinách letu (s prestupy se to vysplhalo na 2 dny) jsem dorazila do Australie. A hned me cekalo zklamani: Lide tu vzhuru nohama NEchodi! A klokan mi pres cestu taky neskakal, ale vsechno chce asi svuj cas. Na par dni jsem se ja i muj 30kilovy kufr zabydlely u Couchsurfera ve Fortitude Valley, asi 20 min. pesky od centra. Celkem je nas tu v bytecku 6, vcetne me a dalsi slecny (sólo-cestovnice) z Kanady pres CS. Na dnesek jsem spala peknych 11 hodin, ale unava se dostavila uz po 5 hodinach. Na druhou stranu, mohlo ji zpusobit to zimni slunce, ktere pres den ohriva mesto na 20°, odpoledni vitr, ktery me ofoukl nez jsem si stihla oblect mikinu, nebo ta australska souhvezdi...no, astrologii me ve skole nenaucili, tak se radeji nebudu dal pidit. ... read more
mrakodrapů dosti
pohled na centrum z mostu
á tady je, pěkně v noci

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Karratha July 19th 2014

First of all, here he is. A photo of Red Dog the Pilbara wanderer. For overseas readers just google that and find out about the little red cattle dog. There is a great Aussie movie about him. He is now an icon in this country. We actually drove an extra 250 kms to get to take our photos because we promised our friend Feral Sheryl we would. She now wants us to go back to the statue and steal it and take it home to Brinkworth so her partner Shane can put it in the lounge! We mentioned in the last blog we were holed up in Newman. There really was no tourist stuff to do in Newman other than a tour of the iron ore mines. Been there, done that years ago. We both spent ... read more
001 Richard and Gill
001.1 Graham and Chris
002 Pilbara Iron Country




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