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Many Adventures of a Nomadic Poet A young poet with Asperger's makes travel his passion, and away he goes...

Holy Samoa Sunday

SAMOA | Sunday, 16 Oct 2016 | Views [208]

As in much of the Pacific, Sunday is a day of rest, relaxation, worship, and feast. Many businesses are closed, save for a few roadside shops. Over breakfast I was thinking of what I should do today. I’m too restless to ever have a full day of ... Read more >

To-Sua Trench

SAMOA | Saturday, 15 Oct 2016 | Views [231]

Ahhh, these fales! I’m really enjoying my stay here. Faofao is run by Koroseta, the lolofietele (village chief) of Saleapaga. She’s a wonderful Samoan-sized lady of about 50 and always dressed colourfully. With the sound of the sea, I awoke ... Read more >

Fish Markets & Fales

SAMOA | Thursday, 13 Oct 2016 | Views [366]

Last night I told Robert that today I’d be going in search of greener pastures (and bluer seas and clearer skies) so he advised me to head south. There isn’t a whole lot to love about Apia but it’s a good place to get settled and stock ... Read more >

Overcoming a Fear

SAMOA | Tuesday, 11 Oct 2016 | Views [290]

Talofa! Last night I arrived in tropical Samoa, having been to my 37th country. Getting here last night didn't come without some headaches. When I made a turn with my baggage trolley just after passing through quarantine, my small bag fell and a bottle ... Read more >

Photos: 'Upolu

SAMOA | Tuesday, 11 Oct 2016 | Photo Gallery

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Lord, Howe I'll miss you!

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 24 Sep 2016 | Views [410]

Many places and people have touched my heart...deeply. I've come upon another place that has done just that. It's my final day on Lord Howe Island, and it's only fitting that I tackle the island one more time with a magical walk. After packing my stuff, ... Read more >

Lord Howe vs. Norfolk

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 23 Sep 2016 | Views [1522]

Lord Howe Island or Norfolk Island? It's a tough call even for me, having been to both islands. Both are magical, beautiful, and remote outposts of Australia. Darcelle says that's where the similarities end. Those who've been to one or the other might ... Read more >

Ball's Pyramid

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 21 Sep 2016 | Views [449]

My birthday has passed, yet today I’d receive another wish for my time on Lord Howe. As I made my coffee I offered to help Darcelle clean the house a bit but she said “I want you to enjoy Lord Howe” so I thought I’d get my stuff ... Read more >

Mt. Gower

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 20 Sep 2016 | Views [524]

I’m 32 today! And I don’t really know if I feel it or not. Unlike last year, my birthday wouldn’t consist of sitting warm and cozy by a fire whilst being shouted drinks at every turn. Today I’d get my hands and legs dirty and ... Read more >

Tiny Island, Great Walks

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 17 Sep 2016 | Views [424]

At last! The weather is in my favour today for a nice walk. I awoke a bit earlier than yesterday and I opted for a really nice walk, going up to Malabar Hill and Kim’s Lookout. Lord Howe Island is like that gorgeous blonde lady whom there’... Read more >

Snorkelling in the Rain

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 16 Sep 2016 | Views [477]

Every dark cloud has a silver lining. That’s one of my favourite quotes, and that’s how it’d feel today. I set my alarm for 6:40 this morning but as I heard the rain batter the roof I knew this would be a great day for a lie-in, so ... Read more >

Photos: Lord Howe Island

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 15 Sep 2016 | Photo Gallery

the world's most beautiful island!
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Heavenly Paradise

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 15 Sep 2016 | Views [429]

Disappointed in myself that I’ve written nothing of late, I decided to give myself something to write about: a journey to the world’s most beautiful island. Every year for my birthday I like to shout myself a journey to someplace special.... Read more >

Flying Ultralight

NORFOLK ISLAND | Saturday, 11 Jun 2016 | Views [737]

Sadly, it’s my final full day in Norfolk. Happily, I made the most of this gorgeous day full of sunrises, photos, pizzas, wine, comedy and…an ultralight flight! Awake at 4:30 AM I was to see a magical Norfolk Island sunrise. With the light ... Read more >

Bounty Day

NORFOLK ISLAND | Wednesday, 8 Jun 2016 | Views [1063]

A bounteous Bounty Day it was full of bounteous activities, marches, and wetls (food). Ensuring I was up early I had my camera ready with my batteries charged. For brekkie I had a cuppa and some toast smeared with avocado and then I was out the door ... Read more >

Staying with Locals

NORFOLK ISLAND | Monday, 6 Jun 2016 | Views [454]

Did the weather turn foul or what today? I reckon “foul” is a gross understatement because the wind has acted as a battering ram; bad enough that the Sydney flight was cancelled today. It was the sort of day where you sit warm by the fire, ... Read more >

Five in Five on Five

NORFOLK ISLAND | Sunday, 5 Jun 2016 | Views [673]

Yesterday morning I left Brisbane in the eye of a nasty storm, and the flight was very turbulent. Touching down on Norfolk I had a sense of euphoria that I can stand atop the old hospital, stretch out my hand comfortably, and scream “I’ve ... Read more >

Aunty Jo's Kitchen II

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 2 Jun 2016 | Views [186]

Until today I thought "Aunty Jo" was coined by Andy but I learned Jo was often older and taller than most of her friends. Late last year, Jo moved from Melbourne to her sister's campout in Tiaro, halfway between Gympie and MaryborougH. For the past ... Read more >

Photos: Maryborough & Tiaro

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 28 May 2016 | Photo Gallery

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AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 26 May 2016 | Views [445]

Most travellers head straight up the coast, visiting Byron Bay and the Gold Coast before heading up to the Whitsundays, but a few days ago I made a run for Stanthorpe. Famous for apples and grapes, the Granite Belt is very atypical of Queensland. Nearly ... Read more >

Photos: Stanthorpe

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 25 May 2016 | Photo Gallery

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Photos: Taree

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 24 May 2016 | Photo Gallery

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The Human Spirit

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 24 May 2016 | Views [432]

As I’ve done many times before, I’d take my lessons learned whilst travelling and put them to great use on the road. This morning I woke up early as Geoff and Dee were getting ready to go visit their son in Port Macquaire (known as “... Read more >

Photos: Port Arthur

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 14 May 2016 | Photo Gallery

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Photos: Hobart

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 3 May 2016 | Photo Gallery

Sadly, I only had a half a day here
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Photos: Mt. Field National Park

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 2 May 2016 | Photo Gallery

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Photos: New Norfolk

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 1 May 2016 | Photo Gallery

Previously "Elizabeth Town" now named after Norfolk Island
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Overland - the Finish!

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 30 Apr 2016 | Views [399]

After listening to the rain hammer down on the tin roof of Echo Point Hut for much of the evening, the weather cleared up this morning as it was brilliant and sunny with a gorgeous view of Lake St. Clair. I was surprised Zac and Ainslie even made it ... Read more >

Contently Soaked!

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 29 Apr 2016 | Views [411]

Waking up I felt like Link in the beginning of Ocarina of Time , a bit chilly, a sleepy head, reluctant to get up even as Navi the fairy tried to wake him. Eventually I'd jump up as if I'm the Hero of Time but with a large pack and tough mind instead ... Read more >

Overland's True Form

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 28 Apr 2016 | Views [412]

For the first four days of the Overland Track we've been privileged with great weather but for part of today it turned to crap. Up reasonably early I was too lazy to get out of my sleeping bag. Another trekker replied "it's that sort of morning." When ... Read more >

Mt. Ossa

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 27 Apr 2016 | Views [438]

Mt. Ossa! This morning it was time to tackle the summit of Tasmania's highest peak. Preparing my morning cuppa, I was excited for the rigours ahead. Strategically I packed my bag so I could cover it with my pack liner to prevent currawongs from going ... Read more >

Sore Feet, Gorgeous Trek

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 26 Apr 2016 | Views [432]

Day three of the Overland Track! The weather was brilliant all day today and everyone was up early, set for the long day ahead. Definitely next time: more food, less clothing. I've only been eating one meal a day, but perhaps it's good to give my digestive ... Read more >

Anzac Day on the Overland

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 25 Apr 2016 | Views [329]

It's Anzac Day. Up at 5:40 AM I could've made the dawn service if there were a "bush service." To commemorate the 101st anniversary of Gallipoli I donned my Anzac pins and shared a few of my homemade Anzac biscuits. Clouds covered Barn Bluff but since ... Read more >

Photos: Overland Track

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 24 Apr 2016 | Photo Gallery

7 days in the Tasmanian wilderness!
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Overland Track - It Starts

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 24 Apr 2016 | Views [433]

Today was the first day and hardest bit of the Overland Track. The weather was brilliant today yet it was very cold last night; cold enough that frost formed on my tent and boots. With all my gear packed up I walked across the road to the holiday park ... Read more >

Photos: Northwest Tasmania

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 22 Apr 2016 | Photo Gallery

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Ye Olde Van Diemen's Land

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 21 Apr 2016 | Views [354]

Tasmania I reckon; ya olde Van Diemen's Land mate! I reckon the name was changed because the former name would be a pretty ominous name to a hitchhiker; I wouldn't want to get into a van with a demon. A couple of days ago I stepped off the plane absolutely ... Read more >

Photos: Launceston

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 19 Apr 2016 | Photo Gallery

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Thank-you Letter

NORFOLK ISLAND | Friday, 11 Mar 2016 | Views [641]

Dear Norfolk Island, You are a place I love like no other! I've said it a million times and can never say it enough. Sadly I'm leaving today, and I would like to write a thank-you letter to you, my friends, and my fellow Nuffkas. You have touched ... Read more >

Baking at the Minischool

NORFOLK ISLAND | Tuesday, 8 Mar 2016 | Views [393]

I’ve worked my magic in many ways on Norfolk Island, with my photography skills all round, motivational skills at the school, speaking skills on Radio Norfolk, and cooking skills with my various friends, among other things. Today I’d take ... Read more >

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