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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Wilsons Promontory May 9th 2010

Wilson's Promontory (trying saying promontory when you're bloody hungover) is Australia's most popular national park. It's about a three hour drive from Melbourne so Christen, Niall and I rented a car for the weekend to check it out, do lots of hikes and camp with the animals. Christen hadn't seen a wombat yet so this was her opportunity and boy was the place overrun with the furry sausage rolls. Overrun with 'em! ... read more
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Christen and I
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » Brunswick April 19th 2010

It appears I chose a very good time to leave the country and to travel the world for a bit. The UK couldn’t feel more distant at the moment, what with the endless reports of economic meltdown from the global recession, deep freezing winters and transport melt-down.…whereas the "wonder from down under" goes from strength to strength. Becoming the first G20 country to raise interest rates from the emergency level. Unemployment actually went down, bucking the global trend and surprising local economists who had all predicted a small rise.” Meanwhile back in Blighty: Elected members from the so-called “mother of all parliaments” disgrace themselves by being rather keen on claiming fake expenses; British Airways goes on a week-long strike - ruining everybody’s holidays and making us look like the keen as mustard strikes a-go-go... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » Brunswick April 9th 2010

Wow. All of this writing about the places I’ve been, the people I’ve met, the things I've done and not one word about what I do from Monday to Friday seven-and-a-half hours every day; Correction: make that twelve hours of my day if I count the haphazard Melbourne Transport “system”. Yes. I’m talking work. Data monkey Data-entry! For a university! But not any old data monkey lark mind - I locate then input research publications online and since my previous job roles have been variants of finding research; writing about research; building services for this research; I've been described as an asset. My only concern (read: not much of one) is that I’m away from a ‘proper’ job and not actually developing many skills; sure there's definite ‘experience’ but nothing on the personal development side of ... read more
The Data Monkey
My crummy tram
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » Brunswick April 8th 2010

Gawd Almighty!- I've been recently having some serious flash-backs of stuff that’s happened during my 13 months away - both good and bad. I realise that I’ve managed to NOT record some of the most memorable moments of my entire time away, either consciously or unconsciously. Some tasty flashbacks include: Adelaide: having spent an exotic, sunny and welcoming Christmas with Hannah and her large family and then being asked to leave on Boxing Day because I'd threatened her big mental German Shepherd Dog Koh Phi Phi, Thailand in a shitty, tiny hostel room/cell having a night time trystwith an English chick who’d gotten locked out of her room next door to mine Bangkok, Thailand being chased and attacked by a group of rabid dogs in the centre of the city behind a temple. They smell your ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » Brunswick March 10th 2010

Go on say it; you’ve missed me. It’s alright; I've missed you too. For a few reasons this blog entry has taken forever to write; Firstly I’m not really ‘travelling’ at the moment, so a certain purpose to write is missing. Connected to that is Australia doesn’t feel like a 'foreign' country to me - it's less exciting than say Borneo or Vietnam. Thirdly, I don’t know if I’m actually saying anything of worth or originality - I may simply be repeating hackneyed expressions of yet another backpacker. Maybe because - travel writing is flawed by ‘post-colonial sensitivities, by travels, commonness, by globalisation, and by journalistic encroachments.’ - according to some bloke called John Cassan at least. To cure my lethargy I read a lot of travel books and somewhat influenced by them (acerbic and hyper-honest ... read more
Stencil art: Fitzroy
our coffee table
Kids and punks

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » Brunswick March 8th 2010

“Although happiness is desirable, it is a banal subject for travel.” (Paul Theroux) The modern traveller’s necessary instrument (the gods are against me - a litany) Good old Paul, allowing me to tell tales of woe without that feeling of boring people to muteness. Just two weeks into my grand tour of south east Asia I am at the entrance of a Buddhist temple in Mandalay, Burma and as I bend down to remove my shoes my camera drops to the ground. I had stupidly placed the camera in my shirt pocket and now the lens has a ‘V’ shaped crack across it. I now spend a whole afternoon being ridden around in a rickshaw through the side lanes of Mandalay visiting camera repair men; but more like camera cannibals. Nothing can be done - the ... read more
Brunswick scene form bedroom
Me in Laos - 1982?

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Bay of Fires February 17th 2010

Ninth Day One gets used to coming across familiar place names here. British people sail to the colonies and name their new homes after the same ones they just left. In Tasmania it's Richmond, Launceston, St Helens and... Swansea - pronounced Swan-sea and not the British Swan-zee. It is a land of strange and enigmatic place names too - it's the opportunity to use your imagination: Snug, Lake Echo, Penguin, Artillery Knob, Frenchmans Cap, as well as to remember what you were taught at school: Mount Achilles, Mount Hyperion, Mount Olympus, The Acropolis. And don't forget religion too: Paradise, King Davids Peak, Walls of Jerusalem, etcetera. My favourite place name has to be the Bay of Fires on Tasmania's east coast. Bay of Fires So another day, another beach - the bay got its name from ... read more
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Bay of Fires
Cuteness

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Freycinet National Park February 17th 2010

Camp site and ants in my... So the camp site or "Camp Beer" as I decided to call it because of its payment in beer was secluded in the middle of bush, surrounded by eucalyptus and gum trees. But there were dangers too. We were told to watch out for the ants Myrmecia pilosula to be exact - better known as the Jack Jumper ant or Hopper ant which is native to Tasmania. One of the world’s most deadly! It's estimated that 10 per cent of the Tasmanian population may be allergic to the Jack Jumper, with around 3 per cent suffering life threatening anaphylaxsis if attacked.. Although 3% may seem small, jack jumper ants cause more deaths in Tasmania than spiders, snakes, wasps, and sharks combined. So it was with this knowledge that the younger ... read more
Forgot my wine...Wineglass Bay
Wineglass Bay...the trainers
Wineglass Bay

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Tasman Peninsula February 16th 2010

Seventh Day An early start as we picked up others who were joining us for the last five days of the trip; there were a family from South Korea, a German woman and a guy from Austria. In addition we had a second tour guide - a younger fella by the name of Ben. You could say that the four-person dynamic we'd had with Gary was at an end. And we knew we'd been very fortunate. What would the rest of our trip be like? Remarkable Caves to Crescent Bay That morning we drove south-east of Hobart and onto the isolated Tasman Peninsula - site of infamous convict prison Port Arthur and the Tasman National Park. There, at a place called "Remarkable Cave" we stood over a blow-hole. Yes, a blow-hole of large proportions, basically a ... read more
Cape Raoul: View from Remarkable Caves
Remarkable Caves, Tasman Peninsula
Remarkable Caves

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart February 15th 2010

Sixth Day On a break from our safari (Swahili for journey) we arrived in Hobart for a day of exploration. Hobart (1803), is the capital city of Tasmania and after Sydney the second oldest in Australia. I took an evening stroll with Maja to Salamanca Place - the historic wharf with rows of sandstone Georgian buildings. Formerly warehouses built between 1830-1850 they have since been converted into restaurants, galleries, craft shops and offices. Salamanca was named after the Duke of Wellington's routing of the French in 1812 during the Napoleonic Wars. Maja, and I had a drink in one of the converted warehouses, a pub called the Knopwood's Retreat - but it was a Tuesday night and the tumbling tumble weed factor quit... read more
Hobart Harbour
Parliament House
Battery Point, Hobart




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