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….but my liver would strongly disagree!

IRELAND | Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | Views [48]

The next morning I woke up feeling so dastardly that Laura said I was looking very Irish, ie. Green. Half a slice of toast made me go white for awhile and had I doused myself in fake tan like all the pikie women in Ireland did, I'd be a flesh version ... Read more >

Tags: cliffs of mohar, friends, glendalough, ireland, road trip


I may have left the best for last....

UNITED KINGDOM | Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | Views [87]

Let me tell you about the luck of the Irish. They are incredibly lucky to live in such a beautiful country. They are lucky that they are all incredibly friendly people. They are lucky their famously cold weather played nice for the entire time or I could ... Read more >

Tags: doolin, friends, ireland, pubs galway, road trip


Photos: Ireland

UNITED KINGDOM | Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | Photo Gallery


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A delight for the senses.

UNITED KINGDOM | Saturday, 21 Mar 2015 | Views [112]

Scotland has so thoroughly pampered my senses that writing about it soon after leaving, I feel like I should be relaxing with a cigarette and praying the neighbours were asleep. 'Touch' is probably the only sensation that hasn't been lured into loving ... Read more >

Tags: edinburgh, highlands, music, scotland, tours, whisky


A day of wonder followed by disaster and dorm snoring.

UNITED KINGDOM | Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | Views [77]

Some cities grow on you. London crept into my favour like its cold that crept into my bones. Some cities are just instantly spellbinding. Istanbul was breath-taking from the first moment I started heading in the wrong direction from the bus stop. Edinburgh ... Read more >

Tags: arthurs seat, carlton hill, castle, dorm, edinburgh, royal mile


The double tonne.

UNITED KINGDOM | Sunday, 15 Mar 2015 | Views [107] | Comments [1]

Edinburgh was always meant to be a milestone. I thought it was going to be the site of my 40 th birthday party extravaganza but an inexplicable (Word of the week) desire to freeze the nuggets saw me here two months too early. So instead, this journal ... Read more >

Tags: edinburgh


Photos: Scotland

UNITED KINGDOM | Saturday, 14 Mar 2015 | Photo Gallery


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A place that deserves to be more famous than it is.

UNITED KINGDOM | Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 | Views [91]

Ask any Australian about Jersey and the only thing they can think of is the cows. The small island is part of the UK, but just off the edge of France with French road names, is full of Polish people and with Parishes (or countys) like St. Johns, St. ... Read more >

Tags: castle, chip butty, cow, dolmars, friends, jersey, sunsets


London cram session.

UNITED KINGDOM | Tuesday, 10 Mar 2015 | Views [62]

Three days to see London? Really? That is just flipping the bird to the city of double-decker buses, that lady that graces all our currency, Artic weather, millions of rude pedestrians but overly polite drivers, amazing architecture and my heritage. ... Read more >

Tags: beach, brighton, camden, cricket, england, london, lords


Not for the judgemental.

SPAIN | Tuesday, 10 Mar 2015 | Views [73]

Unfortunately this is not the first time I have had to start a journal with a warning, and if you are a long term reader, either previous warnings were heeded and you live in ignorant bliss, or warnings were ignored and you're ok with the stupid things ... Read more >

Tags: illicit


Photos: UK

UNITED KINGDOM | Tuesday, 10 Mar 2015 | Photo Gallery


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The saga, and the walking, continues.

SPAIN | Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | Views [59]

Mesmerised by the Sagrada Familiar and up to my third eye in Gaudis incredible vision, I decided to double down on the crazy and see where it lead. Describing my visit to Park Quell was actually intended to be a part of the previous journal, but after ... Read more >

Tags: barcelona, bike, brewdog, gaudi, olympics, spain, tinder, walking


An insight into the unrivalled genius of Gaudi.

SPAIN | Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | Views [67] | Comments [1]

I'm speechless. As I was born with the gift of the gab though, there was only the briefest of pauses after that first sentence. I visited Gaudi's still uncompleted masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia, and I feel I need not go into another church again, ... Read more >

Tags: barcelona, church, gaudi, sagrada familia, spain


Pounding plenty of Spanish pavements.

SPAIN | Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | Views [94] | Comments [1]

Something itched under my armpit. Before I knew it, there was a strange sensation of moisture on my skin. It was sweat, something my body had forgotten how to do. It's not like I had returned to Broome where sweating is as normal, and as necessary as ... Read more >

Tags: barcelona, beer, churches, heat, markets, parades, spain


Photos: Barcelona

SPAIN | Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | Photo Gallery


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Cannibis, culture and constipation.

NETHERLANDS | Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | Views [97]

Amsterdam is a Utopian wonderland for your average teenage stoner. Drugs are either legal or tolerated. Bikes are the main form of transportation so it's easy to go get munchies without being busted DWI. Dutch potato chips enjoy world renown. Prostitution ... Read more >

Tags: amsterdam, churches, health, netherlands, weed


Photos: The Netherlands

NETHERLANDS | Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | Photo Gallery


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Paris pilgrimage

FRANCE | Sunday, 22 Feb 2015 | Views [87]

Disney and the Doors in one day. Paris hadn't even been a part of my original plan. Europe is full of so many amazing cities that Paris was just going to be one of those ones that got over-looked, largely because I suspected it would be full of French ... Read more >

Tags: art, boilly, canova, france, louvre, notre dame, paris, the doors


Only music could describe such ecstacy.

FRANCE | Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | Views [92]

To be in Paris, the city of Love, on Valentines Day is the sort of smaltz that Hallmark wish they could encapsulate in some consumable way. I imagine a significant amount of romancing happens on your average day for the city to have such an appelation, ... Read more >

Tags: classical music, crepes, eiffel tower, france, friends, paris


Photos: Paris

FRANCE | Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | Photo Gallery


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I wish a week was a lifetime.

TURKEY | Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | Views [80]

Every day in Instabul feels being lost in a fairy tale. Fairy tales don't come cheap it seems, and ticking off all the sights could have bought me another backpacks worth of goods from the Grand Bazaar. And getting lost can be just as costly, as I found ... Read more >

Tags: ayasophia, basicilia cistern, dervish, istanbul, topkapi palace, turkey


A day that epitomises why I travel.

TURKEY | Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | Views [107] | Comments [1]

Judging Istabul by Istiklal street is like going to the Taj Mahal and judging it by the garden out the front. I may have been a bit too premature with my praise for Istanbul, literally, but after a couple of days in Sultanahment, I don't think my approbation ... Read more >

Tags: istanbul, lost, mosque, shopping


Ground zero for the Australian spirit.

TURKEY | Friday, 13 Feb 2015 | Views [120]

A lot has changed in 100 years. That was my overwhelming thought as I traveled towards Gallipoli through the snowy Istanbul streets. I traveled in the comfort of a heated van, two other tourists sleeping peacefully around me and my belly full of enough ... Read more >

Tags: anzac, gallipoli, memorial, war


More contrast between expectation and reality.

TURKEY | Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | Views [116] | Comments [1]

I must have looked like a Google street view car for the two days I spent walking up and down all the little alleyways that lead off Istiklal Street. Everything I saw seemed photo worthy. And not just click, click, click now-delete, delete, delete later.... Read more >

Tags: cold, food, istanbul, scam, turkey, wind, women


Instant Istanbul infatuation.

TURKEY | Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 | Views [93] | Comments [2]

In seven trips overseas, I have not been able to venture further afield than Asia. I'll let the reader decide whether or not they think the reasons behind that were financial, or geographical in motivation. Whatever they were, it is a new world that ... Read more >

Tags: cold, flights, istanbul, lost, sweets, travel, turkey


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