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Trip: The Merry Old Land of Oz

There are [24] stories from my trip: The Merry Old Land of Oz

Byron Bay Sunset

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 21 Nov 2008 | Views [726]

How can one describe a Byron Bay sunset? impossible, I think, in words. impossible in photographs. alas, I will try. it's as if the water itself is glowing. there is a golden haze floating atop of the water. swirling over and around the surfers, ... Read more >

Tags: australia, byron bay, laurfish, poem, sunset

Some Details That May Or May Not Interest You

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 16 Sep 2008 | Views [557]

Down the street from the Ahern’s is a front yard with a walkway lined with lavender.   Every time I walk by it, I lean through the gate and run my hands along the leaves so the scent stays with me all morning.   The bike ride from ... Read more >

Qdos – My Ten-Day Stay in an Artist's Paradise (Lorne, Great Ocean Road)

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 14 Sep 2008 | Views [2460] | Comments [1]

Lorne is easily everyone's favorite town on the Great Ocean Road.   A modest 900 live here year-round, but the population swells to a roaring 30,000 (yes, 30,000 ) once the summer rolls along.   With arguably the GOR’s best beach and hippest restaurants, ... Read more >

Tags: great ocean road, lorne, pottery, qdos, wwoof, wwoofing

It’s the American Way

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 14 Sep 2008 | Views [696]

I completely forgot to mention this... I have a business!   Several weeks after Pat and I returned to Melbourne, Maxime and I bought used bikes.  We got em from a bike rental shop that was trying to get rid of its old generation bicycles ... Read more >

Tags: bikes, business, making money abroad, melbourne

New Photos Posted!

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 3 Sep 2008 | Views [588]

Check out my photos by clicking the links listed in the bookmark section of my journal!

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Mes Amis En Australie

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 3 Sep 2008 | Views [568]

I wanted to take the time to pay homage to my best friends here in Australia, so you know a little more about with whom I'm spending all my time.   My best friends here are mostly backpackers that I've met through Patrick and his hostel.... Read more >

Mississippi Meets Wild West Meets... Australia?

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 3 Sep 2008 | Views [735]

General Update: Still living with Sally and Steve Ahern in a historic suburb of Melbourne.  To recap, I was put in touch with Sally through our family friend, Diane Arnold, who went to boarding school with Sally for a year.  The Aherns have ... Read more >

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Twenty-Two and Much the Wiser

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 25 Aug 2008 | Views [957] | Comments [2]

As my e-invitation read, yesterday was a day-long festival of "food, friends, film... and good ol' fashioned fun!"  Around noon, my friends Maxime (my best girl friend here; French), Leif (Vancouverian) and Adrien (French aussi) and I set ... Read more >


AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 14 Aug 2008 | Views [897]

I moved! Earlier this week I left Patrick's apartment in the funky St. Kilda neighborhood for the quieter, more posh surburb of Hawthorn.  I'm now living with Sally and Steve Ahern, their 18 year-old student daughter Pheobe, and their adorable (and ... Read more >

Wham Bam Poetry Slam

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | Views [1842] | Comments [2]

So I haven’t yet described Patrick and my “mist”-ical trek through the Blue Mountains or our snowball fight in the Victoria Highlands, but I simply must share this experience as soon as possible: When I entered Bar Open, it was as if ... Read more >

Tags: brunswick, melbourne, poetry, slam


AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 30 Jul 2008 | Views [869]

...are not posted on this site. Check out my photos on Facebook by following these links: Roadtrip Photo Album 1 -- Preparation for Departure... Roadtrip Photo Album 2 -- Melbourne Architecture Roadtrip Photo Album 3 -- Take Off! Roadtrip ... Read more >

Tags: photos

To be able to look back on one's life with satisfaction...

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 24 Jul 2008 | Views [1024]

...is to live twice. (marcus valerius martial) I have a ticket to Christchurch, New Zealand for 23 September!  What am I doing until then?  I guess we'll find out soon enough...

Fraser Island: dunes, dingoes, and da beach

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 24 Jul 2008 | Views [930]

If you’re looking for an all-in-one nature paradise get-away, Fraser Island is it. The biggest sand island in the world (with more sand than the Sahara desert!), Fraser has over fifty miles of straight, postcard-perfect beaches; extensive sand ... Read more >

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Byron Bay: get out quickly or you'll stay forever

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 24 Jul 2008 | Views [930]

Byron Bay: As the hippie-backpacker-touristy-surfer town that everyone in Australia knows and loves and yearns to live near, Patrick and I found it difficult to leave Byron Bay.  We spent our four (extended from three) days giving into Byron's siren ... Read more >

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Sydney, the "darling"est of harbors

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 24 Jul 2008 | Views [853]

In brief, yet quite full: Two days of independent wandering around the city and its environs. Hands-down, my favorite parts of the city are the historic area called The Rocks, and Manly, a peninsula north of the city reached by a 30-minute ferry. (You ... Read more >

Tags: manly, sydney, the rocks

Day-to-Day Being Here

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 | Views [617]

(written at the start of the road trip...) For the last three days, our schedule has been such (an itinerary with commentary):   1) Drive drive drive… along Highway 1: Princes Hwy through national forest, teeny country towns, large ... Read more >

Quick Update from the Road!

USA | Wednesday, 9 Jul 2008 | Views [414]

I'm sitting in the passenger's seat of Veronica, our ravishingly red Toyota Torago outside of a hostel in Bateman's Bay, a very small beach town on the south-east coast of New South Wales (NSW).  It's raining and it's cold, but our spirits are high! ... Read more >

This, Our Independence Day

USA | Friday, 4 Jul 2008 | Views [1403] | Comments [3]

Table of Contents 1. Celebrating Independence Day 2. Australian Winter? An oxymoron? 3. Oz vs. the U.S. 4. Emotional Check-in (1) This is a sad post to write, indeed. Here it is July 4 th … yet ... Read more >

Tags: australia, melbourne

And She's Off!

USA | Monday, 30 Jun 2008 | Views [488]

The day has finally come! At 4:35pm, I take off from Phildadelphia International Airport and head west, young woman. Approximately two days later (thanks to the international date line) I'll land in Melbourne. If my New Zealand Air flight is anything ... Read more >

Gallery: To whet your appetite: Fraser Island

USA | Wednesday, 18 Jun 2008 | Photo Gallery

Pronounced "Frasier", Fraser Island is the biggest sand island in the world with, believe it or not, some of the most beautiful rain forests.
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