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Oceania » Australia » Queensland October 24th 2014

The Art of Doing Nothing I write this from a suede couch in Brisbane which I'm pretty sure now has an imprint of my body. My friend Eoin has been putting me up for the past week or so. This week has been a fabulous summation of...nothing. Pure, unadulterated nothingness. And it's been fantastic. Erica and I left Byron and headed to Nimbin. We booked a yurt in a hostel and had visions of wearing tie die and bonding with hippies and singing kum ba ya around a fire in this reportedly free loving, marajuana promoting town. What we arrived to instead was a dirty, scary town, where jobless and homeless try to sell fake pot cookies, and store fronts try to make money on overpriced hemp clothing and marajuana promo posters. It's a sad sad ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Byron Bay October 18th 2014

Living in a Tree in Mullumbimby. Yup. In a tree house. We found it on Air bnb. It has no electricity and theres a compost toilet in the back. There are a string of solar powered lights which wrap around the balcony so we can see our way in the dark. There's an open balcony and one room with candles a bed on the floor. We joke about our honeymoon suite. There's also a pool, sauna and an outdoor shower around the corner. The shower is MAGIC, carved out of stone and catches all the early rays of the sun. It's a chunk of paradise. When we wake, the sun rises over the mountains in the backdrop and the birds chirp to start the day. Mullumbimby, who knew? Deva, our host, is a kinesiologist/masseuse/small business owner/dance ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Bellingen October 16th 2014

See previous post for more of an introduction, but after our first night staying with Chris, we decide to just embrace the fact that we are staying with a 60 year old nudist pot farmer and make some plans for the day. We convince Chris to take a "sickie" and skip work so he can serve as our tour guide. It really didn't take that much convincing. We take off for Crowdy National Park and Diamondhead. I had found the parks randomly in my travel searches, and Chris was the only Aussie who had ever even heard of them. There are 700 national parks in Oz, compared to the 40 or so in the US, so it really isn't too surprising. We pack up and head off in the car, and immediately spot two koalas in ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney October 9th 2014

Sydney-ho So Darren and I arrive Monday night to Sydney. Arrival is uneventful and we get to our hotel in Hyde Park/Darlinghurst area. I really like the area. Oxford Street has a ton of gay and hipster bars and the park area is green with a lot of culture and exhibits. We settle into our hotel which is budget but clean and easy and we call it (surprise) an early night after he flosses and I put in my retainers. We are honestly old. We wake up to an amazing breakfast at the hotel. Totally worth the stay. We then walk downtown through Hyde park and the royal botanic gardens to the circular quay. Sydney is warm and bustling, and we are actually relieved when the clouds roll in because it gets hot fast. We see ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Port Macquarie October 7th 2014

Road trippin'. - Sydney to Port MacQuarie I feel as I have to start present and work back, which I rarely do, in order to properly capture the imagery of my present situation. I am currently on day 3 of my road trip with Erica. She and I met in the Sydney airport when we were both poorly navigating ourselves from the international to the domestic terminal. She is originally from Kansas and has been in Colorado for 5 years. We kept in touch and planned this road trip together while she was working on a dairy farm and I was in Adelaide. She's a great girl on her own journey. Half shaved head, blonde with pink streaks, self designed tattooes, and every piece of her wardrobe has a story. Very well educated with two degrees ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Kangaroo Island October 2nd 2014

Kangaroo Island So we drive away from Adelaide in a bit of a dreary morning. I stop at the Post and ship off a package of things unnecessary for the next adventure via sea mail. It should get there in a few months. Hopefully it beats me home. I have... Minimal expectations. Darren is driving and doing great on the left side of the road. The drive is pretty uneventful until we hit cape Jarvis. The view opens up to a gorgeous coast and the sun starts beaming. Loads of eucalyptus and violet wild flowers and tons of green. We get to the ferry and it's pretty easy. Just drove into a ridiculous teeny parking spot and sat out on the back of the boats the sun is out and the day is beautiful as we ... read more

Oceania » Australia October 2nd 2014

Goodbye adelaide So unfortunately my farewell was not exactly as I had planned. It started with a great weekend. A Thursday at Sportsmed of good cases and a lot of OR banter, followed by an event at the Mercedes Benz dealership for Eucycle - an organization which trains the vision impaired to learn how to tandem bike on road bikes. It's really impressive actually. They had a very well put together video showing the whole training process, and a lot of the pros and the trainees were there. We drank some nice Shiraz from the Adelaide hills and I was asked to evaluate a professional cyclists knee... Okay. :) He had a herniation of his vastus lateralis as he had a previous ACL reconstruction with an ITB graft back in 1996. You never see that anymore. ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia September 25th 2014

Wine Regions: #1 McClaren Vale (Favorites: K1 and Kangarilla) #2 Barossa (Try the ports and the muscats!) Around Adelaide: #1 Central Market Botanic Gardens Glenelg National Wine Center Gouger Street Adelaide Oval Mt. Lofty Adelaide Hills Bars: #1 Wheatsheaf Inn Clever Little Tailor Seacliff Hotel Le Boheme Proof Duck and the Dog Loft Restaurants: Anything on Gouger Zuma Café/Big Table (Central Market) Ferment Asian (Barossa Valley) Worloonga Markets... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia September 25th 2014

What can I say, I've been down with the flu so I'm going to keep these things on my mind brief and to the point. Just don't want to forget the good things. Australian Vocabulary (I am forgetting SO many): Ta = Thank you No Worries = It's all good That's okay = You're welcome Stubby = Beer bottle Roo bar = bar on the car so that kangaroos bounce off Mate = bro, buddy, pal Serve = serving Heaps = a lot, or really "That was heaps good" No dramas = It's cool Sheila = Australian female Barbie = Barbeque Biscuit = Cookie In the OR: Operating theatre = Operating room Needle holder = Needle drive Nibblers = Rongeurs Artery clip = mosquito/snap Pack = Lap Bobblepin = Olive guide wire Diathermy = Bovie electrocaudery ... read more

Oceania » Australia September 15th 2014

This experience has literally FLOWN by. I know that I have a lot more travels ahead, but to think that I'll be saying goodbye to my little life in Adelaide in 10 days is crazy to me. Wow it has been great. As is inevitable, once we start getting into the swing of things, life becomes much more routine and the blogs become less frequent. The past two weeks have been great. I am settling into life here. I am getting involved in some interesting cases and using my free time to live and love. I had the opportunity to check out the private sector at SportsMed in Adelaide. I had met a orthopaedic surgeon who works there through mutual friends. He has done multiple fellowships in oncology, arthroplasty, and pediatrics, and now is specializing in ... read more




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