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I love my life! Taking my time, soaking in the sights and always taking the road less traveled.

That time of the year

CANADA | Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 | Views [4953] | Video

This time of the year is very significant to me. Not only does it mark one year since I traded the beautiful beaches of Sydney for the the unknown, but it's also time to renew my travel insurance.  Last year my primary influence was my mother.... Read more >

Tags: camp, travel insurance

NY, New York!

USA | Wednesday, 13 Feb 2013 | Views [2748]

Where on earth do I start when trying to describe and recount a two week getaway to New York, New York?! Typically I start my journal entries by going over the photos I have of what I want to write about. Upon going through my vast collection of happy ... Read more >

Tags: australians, brooklyn, central park, christmas, food, new years, new york, rockefeller, tourists, vegan

Photos: New York

USA | Tuesday, 12 Feb 2013 | Photo Gallery

Christmas and New Years with Daniela, 2012/2013
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What the heck am I still doing in Canada as Winter approaches??

CANADA | Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | Views [1088]

What on earth is going on? Where am I? What am I doing? Why haven't I written anything for quite some time?  Blah, blah, blah, blah, BLAH! Truthfully, I'm feeling pretty apathetic about my travel journal. Why is that? (another darn question!) ... Read more >

Tags: cat, catan, cold, food, gym, halloween, pumpkins, winter

My new home

CANADA | Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | Views [950]

A week doesn't go by when I don't get asked if I am from Australia/where I am from or the plain silly; New Zealand, England? Somewhere in between right?  People are much more interested when they discover a  foreigner.  They'll want to know where I ... Read more >

Tags: new house, room mates, tour, victoria

Photos: Post Camp

CANADA | Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | Photo Gallery

Everything that happens post camp!
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Home is wherever I'm with you

CANADA | Friday, 31 Aug 2012 | Views [4693]

Week 3 Camper Alex: Does everyone in the world have a disability? Me: Yes, everyone is the world has some exceptionality. Everyone is exceptional in their own way. Camper Alex: Like you, you're weird? This is definitely one of the most vivid ... Read more >

Tags: camp, camping, counsellors, exceptionalities, shawnigan, victoria

Salad Days

CANADA | Saturday, 21 Jul 2012 | Views [2069] | Comments [1]

Oh the flies laying eggs in the ointment on the noses of the witches throwing hexes at the pages sowing patches on the dresses of the ladies of the court of king Eraticus, were just passing by! Huh? Camp songs! I haven't been lazy travel journal, ... Read more >

Tags: big swing, buddy groups, camp songs, camping, fun, i love camp!, tie-dye, weeks at shawnigan

Chilling out at camp

CANADA | Thursday, 28 Jun 2012 | Views [1900]

The past week has been an epic roller coaster full of ups, downs and upside-downs!  A weekend of camp left us a bit tired. Nahhhh, still having fun! Campers have come and gone. Friday the 22nd - Sunday the 24th was new camper weekend where those ... Read more >

Tags: canoe, chilled out, friends, fun, lake, relaxing, shawnigan, summer camp

Photos: Summer Time Baby

CANADA | Friday, 22 Jun 2012 | Photo Gallery

It's time... for Summer Camp!
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Camp Shawnigan

CANADA | Friday, 22 Jun 2012 | Views [2068]

Summer camp is here! Well actually here I am, at Summer Camp! Since arriving 9 days ago, lots and lots has happened. New surroundings, new people, new dorm room, new food, I love new!  And that is about it! Ancient tree, HUGE! This photo was ... Read more >

Tags: fun! summer, goldstream, lake, shawnigan, summer camp, swim

Goodbye Victoria, hello Summer Camp!

CANADA | Tuesday, 12 Jun 2012 | Views [898]

On a beautiful sunny day (or the past two!) what is the best way to fully experience what a city has to offer? Exercise!  I jogged 7.5kms along the water on Sunday arvo, it felt great! I was a bit tender afterwards (longest run in a while) but it ... Read more >

Tags: bike ride, summer camp


CANADA | Sunday, 10 Jun 2012 | Views [1991]

I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't apprehensive about my position as a camp counsellor this Summer. Thinking about it, and now writing it creates an unpleasant sensation in my tummy. What has happened? I had better rewind and catch up on the past ... Read more >

Tags: bubbles, nude cyclists, pool, sooke pot holes, summer camp, visa, wine, work

Backpacking; life as I know it

CANADA | Monday, 4 Jun 2012 | Views [6407]

Check in, check out. Unpack, repack. "Hey how are you? What's your name? Where are you from?" Good bye! Lovely to meet you, see you when I see you! Repeat. Actually, on second thought. Introducing yourself and offering your name isn't ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, cooking, europeans, homosexuals, love, routine, veggies

Hitch hiking?

CANADA | Friday, 1 Jun 2012 | Views [1436] | Comments [1]

As I count down the days until Summer camp, I'm looking for different way to fill my days. After hanging out in Nanaimo for a day, appreciating the time to myself. On Wednesday, I got myself up early, routinely packed up my bags and squeezed all the ... Read more >

Tags: bonfire, germans, hitch hiking, nanaimo, pee wee herman, tofino, ww2 bomber

Deutsche Freunde (Part 2)

CANADA | Tuesday, 29 May 2012 | Views [1197]

Let us continue! Thursday 24th - Present time (Monday 28th)  The past few days have been very mellow and relaxing. The weather in Victoria has been superb, the sun glistening on the harbour is absolutely beautiful. I took full advantage of the ... Read more >

Tags: buffet, celebrities, germans, nanaimo, part 2, pizza, police check, toboggan

Deutsche Freunde (Part 1)

CANADA | Monday, 28 May 2012 | Views [1898] | Video

Boy oh boy, where do I start? Let's go with post-Vipassana... After the event I was fortunate enough to hitch a ride with Sophie-Monique, a lovely Polish girl who was heading to Vancouver. From Vancouver I would carry on with Naomi who was also ... Read more >

Tags: catch up, germans, good food, hiking, mountains, plane crash, polish, sleeping on the beach, sunsets

Where art thou?

CANADA | Sunday, 20 May 2012 | Views [757]

Tofino. Somewhere on Vancouver Island. I've had the pleasure of meeting and traveling with 4 netten Deutschen.  I am due for a big entry, but until then... A WW2 plane crash site. COOL MAN!

Tags: quickie, tofino, update

Photos: Return to Canada.

CANADA | Sunday, 20 May 2012 | Photo Gallery

Back into Canada - All photos from this point onwards are in here.
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My Vipassana Experience

CANADA | Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | Views [3465] | Comments [2]

Vipassana: To see things as they really are. Where have I been for the past two weeks? Sitting cross legged for hours on end each day. My eyes were closed more than they were open, I was provided 2 and a half meals per day and the phrase "... Read more >

Tags: 10 days, meditation, silence, vipassana

Farewell Portland

USA | Wednesday, 2 May 2012 | Views [668]

6:45am - Wake up. Ahhh, I got time.  Blink once. 7:30am - Second wake up. Shit!! Oh well, I still got time. Ha ha ha! ------------ I am sure everybody has experienced this. My breakfast entailed a huge bowl of oats, a banana and a truck load ... Read more >

Tags: eating, portland, reading, sleep in, vipassana

First timers.

USA | Monday, 30 Apr 2012 | Views [2004] | Comments [1]

    I've begun my Sunday morning in Starbucks. I love coming here to write in my journal! Their carefully chosen jazzy songs keep us patrons here long enough to purchase a beverage, and possibly a bite to eat. Yet not too long to overcrowd ... Read more >

Tags: cannon beach, crater lake, happy birthday mum, mt st helens, nutrition, peanut butter and jam, portland, sleeping in car, speeding, wendys

Athlete's Foot

USA | Thursday, 26 Apr 2012 | Views [1128] | Comments [1]

My ithchy, peeling, blistered feet and toes have been diagnosed. The lady at Walgreens instructed me this morning that I have "Athlete's Foot". I was rather proud at first, but quickly reaslised she wasn't paying me a compliment. Since spending ... Read more >

Tags: bread, greyhound, hollywood, portland, running, vipassana

Wild wild West.... Hollywood!

USA | Sunday, 22 Apr 2012 | Views [1883] | Comments [1]

The Gayborhood. If I had known that prior to making the hostel reservation I probably would still have gone ahead and made the booking. This place is... different? I am staying at a groovy hostel called Banana Bungalow on Fairfax and Melrose Ave. Yep, ... Read more >

Tags: clubs, drinking, eating out, farmers market, fruit, hollywood, mexican, party, venice


USA | Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | Views [1326]

When the 3 Toronto girls asked me this morning where I was from, I barely mumbled a hardly audible "Australia".  I've found myself back in Venice Beach, staying at this pretty hip hostel on the beach. I am not at all ashamed to be an Australian, ... Read more >

Tags: beach, fun, love life, road trip, starbucks, venice, yosemite

Young, wild and free

USA | Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012 | Views [1000]

That is pretty much how I feel at the moment. I'm not wild in the sense that all I do is party and get drunk, but I am constantly reminded of how "different" I am.  I don't actually feel young anymore... In my previous job at Vision I did, ... Read more >

Tags: free, health, quick update, short entry, wild, young

Stolen goods

USA | Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 | Views [1072]

Wednesday 11/04/2012: Today, I was supposed to be checking out of the hostel with Simon and Victoria. In that ideal world that we all live in, we would be picking up our hippie camper van and be en route to the Yosemite. BUT, and here comes the ... Read more >

Tags: catch up, cycling, golden gate, love life, nutrition, pizza, rain, san francisco, thief, vegan

Return to San Francisco

USA | Saturday, 7 Apr 2012 | Views [956]

When I came down this morning for the free breakfast, provided by the hostel, I was greeted with an abundance of white. No it wasn't snowing, but the four white devils appear to be core ingredients in a healthy American breakfast. White sugar, white ... Read more >

Tags: food, food, highway 101, nutrition, road trip, san francisco

All or nothing

USA | Thursday, 5 Apr 2012 | Views [924]

Dear Diary, How are you? It's sure feels like it's been a while, eh? I miss how close you and I used to be. You know how I'd share everything with you every day, you would just absorb it all, not judging or commenting.  It feels as if we are growing ... Read more >

Tags: columbia tower, cycling, diary, food, portland, rain, seattle

Sleepy in Seattle

USA | Monday, 2 Apr 2012 | Views [1160]

Friday nights shenanigans left me with about 3 hours of sleep. I hit the sack at around 3am, by far my latest night so far. I was leaving the "party hostel" though, and my roomies and I had some wine, which was a nice change of alcoholic ... Read more >

Tags: emp museum, seattle, starbucks, usa, weekend

Photos: Cross the border, back to America!

USA | Monday, 2 Apr 2012 | Photo Gallery

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CANADA | Friday, 30 Mar 2012 | Views [1089] | Comments [1]

When you wake up as you please, stay out with no worries of work tomorrow and have a total of ZERO commitments each day, it does not matter whether it is Friday or Monday. Re-reading that, it sounds like a pretty lazy, apathetic attitude. I am ... Read more >

Tags: adventure, fridays, germans, hiking, mountain, public transport, salt spring island, sleep in

Have you passed your floss?

CANADA | Wednesday, 28 Mar 2012 | Views [3025] | Comments [1]

Did you know that it is incredibly important to floss your gums at least once a day? That is what my new friend Kim-Haley from Montreal informed me. The build up of bacteria in your gums can be detrimental to your health! She was a dental hygienist ... Read more >

Tags: bar, cooking, flossing, food, goldstream park, gym, hostel, peanuts, victoria

F the police (kidding, cops are tops!)

CANADA | Tuesday, 27 Mar 2012 | Views [1746] | Comments [1]

I've had a few run ins with the Victorian police over the past few days...  ' I don't know if you can tell, but I am a big fan of the Popo! There is also no doubt that they feel like celebrities when I ask to score a photo with them. But all the ... Read more >

Tags: beacon hill park, chinatown, drinks, exercise, police, reading, run, victoria

Nature rocks!

CANADA | Sunday, 25 Mar 2012 | Views [1270]

I had good intentions on Friday evening. Get to bed early, rise before the sun and explore Newcastle Island. Unfortunately this wasn't to be, due to the worst roomie I have had to date. Darwin, from Canada decided that his bladder was so close to bursting ... Read more >

Tags: greyhound, mountains, nature, newcastle island, room mate, trees, victoria

Vancouver Island: Nanaimo

CANADA | Friday, 23 Mar 2012 | Views [1300]

Waking up to the sound of an alarm this morning was somewhat foreign. It's been a few weeks of just rolling out of bed whenever I please, but today was different! At 6am I launched myself out of bed, ate my newly discovered super granola (YUMMM!) and ... Read more >

Tags: ferry, millenium series, nanaimo, quiet, vancouver island

Photos: Vancouver Island

CANADA | Friday, 23 Mar 2012 | Photo Gallery

Hopped on a ferry and landed on an island!
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Thank you, thank you and THANK YOU!

CANADA | Thursday, 22 Mar 2012 | Views [662]

To everybody who is even remotely interested in how I am going. I appreciate you all taking the time to read through my rants and antics! When I first started writing this online journal, it was intended to be exactly that; a journal so my family could ... Read more >

Tags: gratitude, thanks, vancouver island

Excited yet?

CANADA | Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 | Views [816]

What does it take to get you excited? I am very excited right now! What sparked this? Well firstly, I put my first pair of shorts on in two weeks, which honestly feels so much more comfortable. I had a shower? Yes, that is exciting seeing as that I ... Read more >

Tags: animals, gym, justine bieber, reading, sun, vancouver island

All quiet on the Western front.

CANADA | Monday, 19 Mar 2012 | Views [903]

Technically I am in West Canada, and the past few days have been rather quiet. I haven't done much moving around or exploring, more just reading and waiting. I am currently half way through "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" on my Kindle, ... Read more >

Tags: interview, james, new friends, pizza, quiet, reading, starbucks, summer camp

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