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

Poetry with Dried Fish

SOUTH KOREA | Saturday, 14 Nov 2015 | Views [591]

Poetry, fish markets, and open sewers would be the story of my day. None of them go together but the last two sure smell. As I left Carlsen's flat with he and a Dane named David, I had difficulty deciding what I wanted to do today. David hitchhiked from ... Read more >

Beomeosa Temple

SOUTH KOREA | Thursday, 12 Nov 2015 | Views [886]

Within a short bus ride of Busan is Beomeosa Temple. Modern high-rises exist a 10-minute bus ride away but Beomeosa Temple dates back to the 7th century! Monks practice their prostration and people come to offer prayers. As I was on a packed bus mostly ... Read more >

Dynamic Busan

SOUTH KOREA | Wednesday, 11 Nov 2015 | Views [651]

There's always that "ahhhh" feeling when you visit a new country for the first time. That's how I feel being here in Korea as it's definitely a place that hasn't disappointed. For simplicity's sake, in my blog I'm referring to South Korea as "Korea" ... Read more >

Miracle to the 34th Country

SOUTH KOREA | Monday, 9 Nov 2015 | Views [548]

The past 24 hours have been another major test of my travel endurance, and I sure hope when I'm 50 or even only a few years from now I can endure this type of experience and laugh about it with a friend over a coffee or a glass of wine. In the past 24 ... Read more >

Photos: Busan

SOUTH KOREA | Monday, 9 Nov 2015 | Photo Gallery

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Waterfalls & Rice Fields

INDONESIA | Sunday, 1 Nov 2015 | Views [1800]

Wandering through rice fields, receiving a hydraulic massage from a waterfall, and teaching English! What do they all have in common? The answer is that I've done all three today. Gede woke me early as negotiated a lift to the waterfalls with Ahmed, ... Read more >

Photos: Lombok

INDONESIA | Friday, 30 Oct 2015 | Photo Gallery

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Aku Cinta

INDONESIA | Friday, 30 Oct 2015 | Views [2501]

Coming over from Bali for a few days I'd experience Lombok and the "real Indonesia" for awhile. As I exited the ferry I managed to hitch a lift with a local on a motorbike from Lembar where I could immediately tell Lombok is vastly different to Bali.... Read more >

Canang sari

INDONESIA | Friday, 23 Oct 2015 | Views [496]

If you're spending a long or even short time in Bali you'll (literally) stumble upon  canang sari , better known as daily offerings. These are little woven baskets of flowers, rice, and so forth that are an integral part of Balinese Hindu culture.... Read more >

Bali, Earthy & Gritty

INDONESIA | Wednesday, 21 Oct 2015 | Views [421]

A year ago today I was in Bali for the first time. Bali conjures up many images: majestic sunsets on a blissful beach. The "Island of the Gods" it's often called, though one reason I like Bali is for what people don't realize it also is: earthy, gritty, ... Read more >


AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 17 Oct 2015 | Views [584] | Comments [1]

One thing I like about Melbourne is how no two sections are alike. Toorak is the posh section. St. Kilda has a backpacker's vibe. Collingwood is perhaps the most LGBT-friendly district, and Fitzroy or Brunswick have perhaps the funkiest vibe in all of ... Read more >

Role of Tour Guide

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 9 Oct 2015 | Views [396]

Today I was a tour guide to, believe or not, my sister's best friend from kindergarten. Dannielle and Danielle (notice the spelling difference) were inseparable as little girls and we always knew the latter as "Danielle R." A few weeks ago I successfully ... Read more >

Photos: Ben Lomond Track

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 9 Oct 2015 | Photo Gallery

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Like Fishing

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 16 Sep 2015 | Views [525]

"Hitchhiking is like fishing: sometimes you get a big catch, sometimes you get a small catch, yet sometimes you get no catch." Those were the words of a Maori fella who picked me up outside of Napier last year. There couldn't be a better analogy because ... Read more >

Only on Norfolk

NORFOLK ISLAND | Sunday, 6 Sep 2015 | Views [438]

Up extra early I was again. Except for my first day I've been up far earlier than normal because I want to make the most of each day. Sadly I'm leaving Norfolk Island for the third time today. The only places I've ever left crying are Norfolk Island ... Read more >

Radio Norfolk Interview III

NORFOLK ISLAND | Friday, 4 Sep 2015 | Views [609]

Three times on Norfolk and three radio interviews. Not bad, eh? Like always I was up early. You can't spend only a week somewhere and sleep in until noon. A cuppa is always good with toast and avocado. After three days of gorgeous weather, it would turn ... Read more >

Tags: interviews, islands

Caching, Sweat, and Tears

NORFOLK ISLAND | Tuesday, 1 Sep 2015 | Views [488]

Roosters woke me early. It was a good thing because I wanted to be up early and go geocaching. 36 geocaches on a small island doesn’t sound like many but it’s quite a few, and I’ve barely found half of them after today. It was still ... Read more >

Storm on a Bicycle

NORFOLK ISLAND | Monday, 31 Aug 2015 | Views [459]

The rain came down like thunder on the tin roof this morning, so much I woke up at one point and nearly had a heart attack. At 9 AM I knew this rain wouldn’t be going anywhere for the better part of the day so I decided to go about my business ... Read more >

Third Time Lucky

NORFOLK ISLAND | Sunday, 30 Aug 2015 | Views [538]

If Norfolk Island were a lady, I would have placed a ring on her finger a long time ago! As the Airbus 320 swooped in straight from the sea and sky we flew in from a different direction. I’m so used to seeing Phillip and Nepean Islands first though ... Read more >

Carrot Capital

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 24 Aug 2015 | Views [1002]

Greetings in orange! That's because I'm in Ohakune: NZ's "carrot capital." A giant carrot greets people as you enter the town, and large bags of carrots are for sale at dairies and petrol station. These past few visits to New Zealand I've mostly been ... Read more >

Photos: Central Plateau

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 24 Aug 2015 | Photo Gallery

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Lake Hayes

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | Views [538]

Queenstown can get really hectic after awhile, both on the streets and in your mind. Thankfully there's a plethora of easy escapes from New Zealand's most popular tourist town. Clyde, as well as the various tramping tracks near Glenorchy are my favourites ... Read more >

ChCh to QT

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 10 Jun 2015 | Views [449]

Christchurch to Queenstown that is! I've done the journey a million times yet I never get tired of it as the drive is considered one of the world's most beautiful. Yesterday I caught up with a good friend, Doug Jacques. Six years ago I met him in Queenstown ... Read more >

Jordan & Anna

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 8 Jun 2015 | Views [435]

It seems that no matter where I go in this world, I always end up back in New Zealand. I'm back now for what could be an annual winter sojourn to Queenstown. This time I flew from Melbourne to Christchurch. In all the time I've been in Australia and ... Read more >

Fort Nepean

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 4 May 2015 | Views [460]

I've been in Victoria for nearly seven months and I've done hardly anything other than busking and geocaching. In fact, I haven't even left the Melbourne area since I arrived here in late November! Today I would go out and explore. Whilst I was contemplating ... Read more >

Anzac Dawn Service

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | Views [428]

Last year I was in NZ for Anzac Day and I missed the dawn service. Now I'm in Australia and I made it! Anzac Day isn't a celebration or a time to party, and you'll never hear "Happy Anzac Day" coming from the mouth of an Aussie are a Kiwi. 25 April 1915 ... Read more >

Aunty Jo's Kitchen

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | Views [661]

To say "Jo is a great cook" is a vast understatement. She's brilliant in the kitchen! With the likes of carbonara, spaghetti bolognaise, Indian curry, chicken parmagiana, beef stew, and so forth, I've never had anything of Jo's that I didn't like (even ... Read more >

Photos: Mornington Peninsula

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | Photo Gallery

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100 Caches

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 | Views [626]

It was more like 103 Geocaches we found in Woodlands Historic Park. There is a series of Geocaches called "Woodlands 100" in the park, and it would be the first Geocaching "series" I'd complete. Over the past several weeks Jo and I have visited the park ... Read more >


AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 7 Feb 2015 | Views [439]

"Pangastuti" means "kindness" in Javanese. She calls herself Ning, and she was my CS host in Yogyakarta. For years I'd dreamed of somebody visiting me overseas, and "Ms Pangastuti" as I call her is my first overseas visitor. Many times I've visited friends ... Read more >

Australia Day, My Way

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | Views [462]

Happy Australia Day! Little do people know it's not Australia's independence day, but the anniversary of the landing of the First Fleet in 1788. For Australia Day I'd be the "walking flag" in the words of fellow busker Miranda. She's a Canadian circle ... Read more >

Photos: Melbourne

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 6 Jan 2015 | Photo Gallery

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Down the Track

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | Views [505]

"The Track” is what the Stuart Hwy is called: a 3,000 km highway from Darwin to Adelaide. On Thursday I’d be setting out from Chris’ home headed south. He dropped me at the traffic light with all my gear and I wasn’t sure how ... Read more >

Northern Kimberley Jewel

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 15 Nov 2014 | Views [428]

The Kimberley is one of Australia's last great wilderness frontiers. Larger than 75% of countries, it's a vast and inhospitable region. Needless to say it's hot, hot, hot (thank you Arrow) but without the "oh lay, oh lay, oh lay." I'm in Kununurra and ... Read more >

Photos: The Kimberley

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | Photo Gallery

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My New Life in Oz!

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 7 Nov 2014 | Views [411]

Australia, I love you! Though I must say you haven't been particularly kind to me these past couple of weeks. Interviewed by the police at the airport, a broken camera, and a terrible case of heat rash have been my brutal introductions back into the ... Read more >

Photos: Arnhem Land

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 4 Nov 2014 | Photo Gallery

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Crocs, Cave Art, and an Iffy Camera!

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 3 Nov 2014 | Views [482] | Comments [1]

My camera has been on that kind of mode the past 12 hours or so. It's like the plane where all engines fail (too many episodes of Air Crash Investigation) and the pilots go through the restart drills again and again. My ears badly clogged after leaping ... Read more >

Photos: Kakadu National Park

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 2 Nov 2014 | Photo Gallery

Indigenous culture, rock formations, and plunge pools
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Kakadu-Dool Du

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 2 Nov 2014 | Views [618]

Two Taswegians, one free-spirited nomad, and no didgeridoo! Here we are in Kakadu. Chris gave me a lift to Humpty Doo this morning and I was picked up within a few minutes by Andrew and Stuart, two adventurers from Tassie (Tasmania). With this oppressive ... Read more >

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