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Life Happens The adventures of Nora Dunn & Kelly Bedford, Professional Hobos. Nora writes, Kelly makes music. Together, we are on a lifelong journey to...wherever.

Gallery: Warrumbungle National Park

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 1 Jul 2008 | Photo Gallery


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Gallery: New England Tablelands

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 1 Jul 2008 | Photo Gallery


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Night Walking With the Pro

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 26 Jun 2008 | Views [3721] | Comments [2]

“I hope you don’t mind having a corpse in the back of the van,” Wendy said in her ever-cheerful demeanor. She was loading the body of a pademelon (a small kangaroo from the looks of it) wrapped in her raincoat onto the back seat. It had been hit ... Read more >

Tags: ambassador van, australia, ballina, byron bay, minion falls, nature, night walks, vision walks, world nomads


Caravan Culture

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 26 Jun 2008 | Views [5653]

Caravans ( meaning trailers in Australian ) and caravan parks are everywhere in Oz. Trailer Parks. Tornado Bait. Trailer Trash. Drunks on welfare raising families of six kids born from three different fathers (or mothers). Lots of stained white ... Read more >

Tags: ambassador van, australia, caravan parks, evans head, nimbin, world nomads


Squeaky Sand and Screaming Trees

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 24 Jun 2008 | Views [4323] | Video

Evans Head (about an hour south of Byron Bay) was a surprising treat and a little sample of absolute paradise. Knowing we would be kayaking the following morning , we pulled into the nearby caravan park. We were surprised to discover it ... Read more >

Tags: ambassador van, australia, evans head, flying foxes, giant bats, loud birds, squeaky sand, world nomads


Australian Differences

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 24 Jun 2008 | Views [5850] | Comments [3]

As with Edmonton , Hawaii , and Thailand , we are always on the prowl for little differences and idiosyncrasies that add character to a place. And Australia is home to many such charming qualities.   I remember reading ... Read more >

Tags: ambassador van, australia, funny, unique, world nomads


Gallery: deep sea fishing

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 24 Jun 2008 | Photo Gallery


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Kayaking Through Paradise

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 24 Jun 2008 | Views [2952]

“Be careful of the crocs,” Sergio says as we steer our kayaks up a small creek deep in the mangroves. “Really? There are crocs here? Cool!” I say, feeling only a little nervous with scenes from Crocodile Dundee flashing through my memory.... Read more >

Tags: ambassador van, evans head, evans river kayaks, kayaking, world nomads


Gallery: Evans Head

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 24 Jun 2008 | Photo Gallery

a gorgeous beach south of Byron Bay
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Lonely Planet Great Guidebook Moment: Nimbin

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 21 Jun 2008 | Views [12722] | Comments [11]

Here’s how Lonely Planet primed us for the town of Nimbin: Landing in Nimbin can be like entering a social experiment, particularly at noon , when Byron day-trippers arrive en masse and find themselves hectored by dreadlocked, tie-dyed ... Read more >

Tags: ambassador van, arts and culture, lonely planet great guidebook moment, nimbin, world nomads


It's Not S-s-so C-c-c-cold

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 21 Jun 2008 | Views [3759] | Comments [1]

In researching our World Nomads Ambassador trip in Australia, we knew that we would be charging headlong into winter. And after having avoided the frigid winter of mainland North America by being in Hawaii, I had started to think that maybe we ... Read more >

Tags: ambassador van, camping, springbrook national park, winter camping, world nomads


Ssssssssspringbrook National Park

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 19 Jun 2008 | Views [21631] | Comments [2]

While walking through a dense sub-tropical rainforest:   Nora: I wonder how many snakes are in this park. Kelly: Don’t be silly. It’s winter. They’re all hiding. I think they're hibernating. Nora: Hibernating? Do snakes ... Read more >

Tags: ambassador van, brisbane, hiking, springbrook national park, trekking, waterfalls, world nomads


Lonely Planet Great Guidebook Moment: Burger Urge

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 19 Jun 2008 | Views [2381] | Comments [3]

Kelly loves cheeseburgers. And we have both missed them since we left our home in Canada almost a year ago. But cheeseburgers do something for Kelly that goes beyond simple fondness. In fact, when asked, Kelly will cite his all-time favourite food ... Read more >

Tags: ambassador van, brisbane, burger urge, eating, world nomads


Gallery: Springbrook

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 19 Jun 2008 | Photo Gallery

A few days in the Springbrook National Park...chilly but beautiful
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Terror. Pure Terror.

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 14 Jun 2008 | Views [2966] | Comments [4] | Video

“We have to what? Drive a what? Where? And how?” was along the lines of what I said as the reality sank in of having the World Nomads van in our possession for the next six weeks. I had spent the last few months in Asia studying the ... Read more >

Tags: ambassador van, brisbane, driving in australia, world nomads


Gallery: Glass House Mountains

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 14 Jun 2008 | Photo Gallery

us in the Glass House Mounrains (duh!), north of Brisbane
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The Kindness of Others...A True Exchange

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 12 Jun 2008 | Views [2837] | Comments [2]

Our first week in Australia has been an amazing one, due in no small part to the kindness of others we have received. Cairns Through our Hospitality Club membership (one of the organizations I researched for an article on ... Read more >

Tags: ambassador van, brisbane, bunk brisbane, cairns, hospitality club, world nomads


How Refreshing…and It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 12 Jun 2008 | Views [1253]

After six weeks in Asia, there are a number of things we find amazingly refreshing about Australia: The ability to express affection in public. Every once in a while we’ll engage in a liplock in the middle of a busy street ... Read more >

Tags: ambassador van, asia, brisbane, world nomads


Taking our Ambassadorship to New Levels

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | Views [1394]

We (Nora Dunn & Kelly Bedford) were never the sort of people who do things in small measures. We don’t just bungee jump; Kelly is an instructor and I have jumped all around the world (including the world’s highest bungee jump ... Read more >

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Gallery: Aussie Adventures

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 31 May 2008 | Photo Gallery

Nora & Kelly in Australia, general
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