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Pounding plenty of Spanish pavements.

SPAIN | Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | Views [53] | 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 [65]

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 [54]

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 [54]

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 [65]

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 [77] | 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 [93]

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 [102] | 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 [77] | 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


Photos: Istanbul

TURKEY | Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 | Photo Gallery


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Julia vs. the animal kingdom; 1-1 draw.

THAILAND | Sunday, 8 Feb 2015 | Views [109]

If this holiday goes as quickly as what the last five days did, I will be home a week ago. Sure, most of what Julia and I did in Bangkok revolved around the consumption of alcohol, but as soon as we divided up the vast tracks of land that constituted ... Read more >

Tags: bangkok, eating, fish, khao san road, scorpian, selfies, tattoo


I'm having heaps of luck, it's just that a lot of it's bad.

THAILAND | Saturday, 7 Feb 2015 | Views [102]

My luck is varying so much on this trip that I think the monsoonal weather is buffeting my karmic scales, and they're dolling out justice and reward like Lady Luck is trying to get herself fired. Nothing is quite going as expected so I'm keeping my plans ... Read more >

Tags: luck, missed flights, river cruise, sickness


Tight-fisted to open-handed.

INDONESIA | Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | Views [104]

After somehow managing to spend about $5 for the entire day visiting the Monas, easily overlooking the fact that Claire fetched beer and paid for it while I cooked dinner, my last day was going to be about getting rid of the remaining Rupiah I had. Even ... Read more >

Tags: dining out, food, jakarta, travel


The heart and arteries of Jakarta.

INDONESIA | Sunday, 1 Feb 2015 | Views [91]

After my close encounter of the non-consensual kind in the last journal, I wasn't feeling as suspicious of Indonesians as what most people would. So far, I would rate them pretty highly in the friendly stakes with the other Asian countries I have visited.... Read more >

Tags: city, jakarta, language, locals, monuments, transport


Getting some sort of lovin' from Indonesia

INDONESIA | Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | Views [80]

For a place that sells non-alcoholic Guinness, Jakarta isn't too bad a city. Zero ABV stout is a grave insult to all I hold dear but if a place didn't have quirks, even offensive ones, there would be no reason to leave home at all. Being the size it ... Read more >

Tags: bogor, ex-pats, gardens, jakarta, rain, tinder, trains


Photos: Indonesia

INDONESIA | Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | Photo Gallery


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No wonder guys never ask for directions

INDONESIA | Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | Views [108]

PART 1: On the plane. Who ever gets an emergency exit row all to themselves? I've got more space on this plane than I had in my Bangkok hotel room. And this is a tiger flight, infamous for turning coach into a daisy-chain with 3 inches of padding separating ... Read more >

Tags: airports, drugs, friends, language, lost, planes, taxi


So happy to just sit, drink and write.

THAILAND | Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | Views [129] | Comments [2]

It's day three in Bangkok and I must confess that this journal is happening largely due to my love of writing more than anything else. I haven't done anything worthy of a journal in itself, but there is always plenty to write about in a place like Bangkok.... Read more >

Tags: beer, driving, friends, roads, travelers


Nothing to do in the Bangkok zoo.

THAILAND | Monday, 19 Jan 2015 | Views [124]

Khao San Road is hedonisms alternative to a float tank. Instead of sensory deprivation, this place is sensory saturation. There are so many distractions here that any well-conceived plans I may have had for this journal are well and truly drowned in ... Read more >

Tags: bangkok, food, money, people


Photos: 2015Thailand

THAILAND | Monday, 19 Jan 2015 | Photo Gallery


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Living life like a re-run.

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 12 Jan 2015 | Views [134]

December 31 st 2014 8:36pm. Such an unusual time to remember that I have an avid audience starved of my wordy goodness, (citation needed). And while the actual goodness of my ramblings is very much open to debate, there is no doubting that I have a ... Read more >

Tags: coffee, sunsets, travel, work


Around the country in 80 beers.

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 15 Oct 2013 | Views [384]

Often times life is just so routine that writing a journal is like trying to describe honey to a bee. Then there is a whirlwind of action and you feel like you should be writing a movie script rather than a travel blog. So, the last few months haven't ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, friends, moving, travelling, work


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