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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Townsville April 13th 2009

The next part of our journey follows the Bruce highway from Brisbane to Townsville. Our first stop after leaving Brisbane was Landsborough on the Sunshine Coast. Landsborough is just up the road from the Australia Zoo - home of the famous Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin. We saw lots of native animals there, such as eastern water dragons, crocodiles, cassowaries, emus, koalas and echidnas and also watched the famous Wildlife Warriors show where they hand feed the crocs. The highlight of our day though was hanging out with the 'roos. We got to hand feed several grey kangaroos, including a baby kangaroo and a mother with a joey in her pouch! From Landsborough, we headed further up the Sunshine Coast and made a brief stop at Noosa Heads before travelling up to the Fraser Coast. On the ... read more
Town of 1770
Lake McKenzie

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane March 26th 2009

The next phase of our round the world adventure began on Monday 9th March, when we picked up our Jucy campervan at Mascot in south Syney. The "barney van", as it's now affectionately been dubbed, is a neon green and purple Toyota Estima that is kitted out with a sink, fridge and stove at the back and has two benches that fold out into a double bed at night. This cosy crib would become home for the next 7 weeks and would take us up the east coast of Australia from Sydney to Cairns. The first part of this road trip was the journey from Sydney to Brisbane in southern Queensland, also taking in some of the sights to the west and northwest of Sydney - a distance of around 950 kilometres. Our first port of ... read more
Colourful Port Macquarie
Lorna at Surfers Paradise
Nimbin street scenes

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney March 5th 2009

We had been looking forward to Sydney for several reasons... looking forward to a bit of civilisation after South East Asia for sure, but we were also excited to see family & friends and to see the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. On the plane from Bangkok, we got into the spirit of things by watching Australia the movie, a documentary on the First Australians and listening to Yothu Yindi's Tribal Voice CD! The Australian Aboriginal culture is the oldest living tradition on Earth, going back 40-50 thousand years before European contact in 1788. Hopefully, over the course of the 2 months that we'll be in Oz, we'll uncover a little bit of that culture. We're also eager to learn about Australia's history as a penal colony and explore some of its convict past. Having arrived ... read more
Mardi Gras Parade
Sharks at the Aquarium
Harbour Bridge

Asia » Cambodia February 26th 2009

Our trip to Cambodia began with a 6-hour bus journey to Siem Reap. Cambodia is one of the world's poorest countries and on our way to Siem Reap, we passed through several small villages where locals live in stilted houses made of palm leaves or wood. These tiny houses contain just one room for an entire family and typically have a stack of hay and a mud kiln out front, on which the women place large pots for cooking. Some are lucky enough to have a few cattle and also a well for running water, but many do not. This poverty is visible throughout Cambodia and serves as a constant reminder of the country's recent tragic history. Before delving into this dark chapter of Cambodian history however, we decided to spend 3 days exploring the glory ... read more
The Bayon
Apsara dancers
Boy selling postcards

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi February 17th 2009

We arrived in Noi Bai airport late on Wednesday evening and were met at arrivals by the driver from our hotel, who proceeded to take us on a kamikaze spin through the city streets into Hanoi's Old Quarter. Two minutes into the drive, the beeping started.... There are no lanes or traffic lights in Hanoi's Old Quarter. Surprisingly, there are pedestrian crossings, but these appear to be more road art rather than serving any actual purpose. When crossing the road, foreigners are advised to step off the pavement and proceed slowly and confidently towards the other side - the idea being that the endless stream of mopeds, cars & cyclos will weave around you. We found that the best way to see the madness in action was to find a rooftop bar, grab a cold beer ... read more
Man on water buffalo
Water Puppets
Local rowing sampan

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai February 10th 2009

A 1 hour flight courtesy of Air Asia got us to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, saving us an overnight train journey of 12-14 hours! Our visit to Chiang Mai couldn't have been better timed, as Friday 6th Feb was the start of the annual Flower Festival. Chiang Mai is known as the "Rose of the North" for its variety of flowers which all come into bloom in early February. The annual Flower Festival in the city is the biggest flower festival in Thailand and is a 3-day event showcasing locally grown flowers. The highlight of the festival is the Saturday parade, which consists of beautiful flower-draped floats along with Thai and hilltribe girls in traditional dress. There is also a beauty contest to crown the Queen of the Flower Festival. Down at the Tha Pae ... read more
Sareerikkatartsirirak Pagoda
Hope and Jungle Boy at play
Hilltribe girls at the Flower Festival

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok February 5th 2009

Sawat dii ka from Bangkok! We arrived safe and sound in the City of Angels and have spent the past couple of days acclimatising and exploring the sights. Bangkok's real name is actually "Krungthep mahanakhon amonratanakosin mahintara ayuthaya mahadilok popnopparat ratchathani burirom udomratchaniwet mahasathan amonpiman avatansathit sakkathattiya witsanukamprasit" which means city of angels... good job the locals shortened it to Krung Thep! Bangkok is a loud city. There are 10 million people living here. It's a city of skyscrapers and rundown shacks, modern shoppings malls and ancient temples. Pollution is starting to become a problem here and many of the locals wear masks covering their mouths. The traffic is crazy 24/7 and taking a taxi through the city streets is a white-knuckle ride with no seat belts! A lot of the locals get around on mopeds ... read more
The Grand Palace
Fried banana fritters at the Floating Market
Carving on the temple in Silom

Europe » Spain » Basque Country » Getxo September 19th 2008

We headed out of Bilbao past the Euskalduna Congress and Music Hall across the river on our left. Lorna's friend (and our guide for the day!) Nerea explained that the Music Hall was built on a site that once housed a shipping construction company, one of the symbols of the industrial city that Bilbao was from the end of the 19th century onwards. The left bank of the river was traditionally the industrial part of Bilbao, whereas the right side was the wealthier area with stately mansions built by the upper middle classes. Our first stop was the Puente Bizkaia (Vizcaya Bridge), the world's oldest transporter bridge and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It's known locally as the "hanging bridge" and was built to link the Las Arenas district of Getxo with Portugalete on the opposite ... read more
The Basque Flag
Fishing Boats
Brightly painted windows

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