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The Tail End

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 23 Jan 2009 | Views [497]

In the beginning, there was Maui. One day, Maui and his brothers went fishing in their canoe, and Maui, wanting to catch the biggest fish, brought out his magic fish hook, which was the jawbone of his grandmother, a sorceress. He baited it with blood ... Read more >


Gallery: New Zealand since New Year's

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 17 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery


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Volcano Hopping

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 14 Jan 2009 | Views [506]

The only highlight of my brief second stop in Wellington was the giant squid on display at the national museum. It was pretty gross. Giant squids only inhabit great depths with strong pressure, so when they are pulled to the surface, they kind of decompress ... Read more >


New Year's In New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 14 Jan 2009 | Views [576]

I had been intimidated about renting a car in Australia or New Zealand, because of the left side driving. But I really wish I had before, especially in Australia, because I got used to it faster than expected. Nevertheless, a car is always a liability, ... Read more >


South Island: Fiordland, Cave Exploration, and Penguin Spotting

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 28 Dec 2008 | Views [1054]

I've been a little negligent in these journals recently, but now that I'm back in the land of cheap internet, stay tuned, because you'll get a new tale and new pictures (links to the right, as always!) every three days until I come home. So stay tuned! ... Read more >


South Island: Glaciers, free falling, and the most epic hike of all time

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 27 Dec 2008 | Views [605]

The next day was for hiking up to the glaciers. There are two of them, Fox Glacier and Franz Josef. You can hike up to a viewpoint for both, but there's really nothing stopping you from waltzing all the way up to the terminal face (where the ice is) ... Read more >


South Island: Coastal Exploration and Sea Critters Galore

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 26 Dec 2008 | Views [507]

"Here I am again on my own" Thus concludes a two and a half week journey all across New Zealand's south island with my dear old dad and a fully equipped campervan. This is really THE way to travel, and I saw more sights in less time than at ... Read more >


Gallery: South Island

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 26 Dec 2008 | Photo Gallery


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North Island: Rafting, Boiling Waterfalls, Steaming Craters, and Crossing Mordor

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 7 Dec 2008 | Views [1388]

The last few days have been slower ones spent in Wellington, where I've been WWOOFing at someone's house a few minutes walk from downtown. It's been a good chance to figure out my next steps, explore a city, enjoy the fantastic weather (it's in the ... Read more >


North Island of New Zealand: Auckland, Surfing, Kayaking, Caving, and learning the Haka

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 2 Dec 2008 | Views [1156]

I finally have a bit of downtime. It's been a really hectic week and a half (that's it?) since I left the lazier pace of life in Brisbane. I've been on a whirlwind tour of New Zealand's North Island for most of that time. When I left the Auckland ... Read more >


Gallery: New Zealand: North Island

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 2 Dec 2008 | Photo Gallery


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Fraser Island, Brisbane and around - last days in Australia

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 21 Nov 2008 | Views [967] | Comments [1]

Today is my last full day in Australia. It's a beautiful country, and except for a certain few fellow travellers, is filled with really great, hospitable people. But next time, I'm getting a four wheel drive, which you really need to experience Australia ... Read more >


Sailing the Coral Sea

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 10 Nov 2008 | Views [1815] | Comments [4]

As we motored out of the marina, I could still scarcely believe that I had lucked out enough to find a yachtie willing to cruise the most beautiful islands in Australia with a bunch of landlubbing backpackers paying less than it costs to stay in most ... Read more >


Back In

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 1 Nov 2008 | Views [514] | Comments [1]

I went for the major travel foul and came back to the east coast on the same route I got out to the Red Centre. And I also learned from my past mistakes and hitched again with a random car full of strangers who were, once again, all Germans. This time ... Read more >


Outback

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 20 Oct 2008 | Views [547]

I'm in Alice Springs, having spent the last week and a half in the outback. I got here by travelling with two germans, Kerstin and Judith. Kerstin has a car and was looking for travel buddies for a two week camping trip out here. I was really impressed, ... Read more >


Rainforest and Reef

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 9 Oct 2008 | Views [428]

So while I've been in Cairns, I've been able to stay with Mary, a friend of a friend's mom. Her house is like a tree house - raised up on stilts, surrounded by bamboo, brush turkeys and other critters, and open air. I mean, REALLY open air. There are only ... Read more >


Welcome to Butcher's Creek

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 4 Oct 2008 | Views [564] | Comments [1]

I'm back from a week at a farm. I volunteered there through WWOOF, which hooks up volunteers with farms. They get free food and accomodation through, supposedly, 4-6 hours of work per day. Some of these look like a lot of fun, and this was going to be ... Read more >


Gallery: Australia

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 25 Sep 2008 | Photo Gallery


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Cairns, Australia - it begins

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 25 Sep 2008 | Views [582] | Comments [5]

Well, I made it to Oz. I couldn't help but be surprised as Australia came in to view that it actually exists, and I'm actually there. I've been thinking about this time, and place, for long enough that I didn't think it would actually happen. I gave ... Read more >


Caverns, Wupatki pueblo ruins, Vegas, the Grand Canyon! - from Carlsbad to LA

USA | Monday, 22 Sep 2008 | Views [1219]

Here I am in LA, seven hours away from takeoff. It's been an incredible week, just one amazing sight after the next. Tuesday we caved in Carlsbad. It's absurdly huge, each chamber like an underground cathedral. In the "big room" some of the ... Read more >


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