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A mixed bunch

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 19 Sep 2007 | Views [836] | Comments [1]

If the Ambassador adventure is now over, my trip altogether had not reached its end yet. After six weeks behind the wheel and more than 7‘200 km, I have reached my first Australian metropolitan area. With little more than a million and a half inhabitants, ... Read more >

Tags: ambassador van, sightseeing

Back on foot

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 12 Sep 2007 | Views [853] | Comments [2]

Watching Roger Federer win – again – the US Open happened to be the last thing I did as an Ambassador. The match was showing at 6:30 AM , and a straight set victory allowed me just enough time to check-out before 10 o’clock . But the experience ... Read more >

Tags: ambassador van, on the road

Wild flowers

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 8 Sep 2007 | Views [8686] | Comments [3]

The southern part of Western Australia has the reputation of become ablaze with wild flowers in spring time. Spring being not that far away, I have witnessed the prelude of Nature’s great symphony. The fields went from ochre to green, and progressively ... Read more >

Tags: ambassador van, the great outdoors

Fields of Pillars

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 7 Sep 2007 | Views [914]

Here’s a classic that I haven’t read yet: Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote . From what I know about the story, Don Quixote has something against windmills. So, as I was approaching the town called Cervantes, I couldn’t help but wonder why this name ... Read more >

Tags: ambassador van, the great outdoors

Shipwreck coast

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 4 Sep 2007 | Views [1846] | Comments [2]

On the morning of November 16 th 1629, two men rowed ashore just south of modern day Kalbarri onboard the dingy of the Sardam , a jacht belonging to the VOC ( Verenigde Oost-indische Compagnie ), the Dutch East-Indies Company. They were marooned ... Read more >

Tags: ambassador van, culture

Is it another country?

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 2 Sep 2007 | Views [827]

I left Shark Bay late one afternoon, and driving at night is not such a good idea. I’ve seen enough dead Kangaroos on the side of the road to add my own. In such cases, one can easily sleep in some special rest area that can be found at regular intervals.... Read more >

Tags: ambassador van, the great outdoors

A plate on a post

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007 | Views [1700]

In the early 17 th century, the Dutch were the masters of the sea trade. To reach their colonies on Java, they were rounding the Cape of Good Hope, and using the recently discovered “roaring forties” to go straight east, before heading north to Batavia, ... Read more >

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Did you say strobelite?

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 27 Aug 2007 | Views [824]

Like in Black Sheep’s old hip-hop song – Strobelite Honey? No? Stromatolites? The origin of life on earth? And they still exist? Those are the kind of arguments that easily convince me to make a detour, especially since this one’s on the way to Monkey ... Read more >

Tags: ambassador van, sightseeing

The dolphins of Monkey Mia

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 25 Aug 2007 | Views [1731] | Comments [1] | Video

Since driving past Carnarvon, the scenery has become a bit greener, with some wild flowers adding some patches of colour here and there. Still, the road leading to Shark Bay is a detour of 130 km one way, and as I’m cruising along the straight black ... Read more >

Tags: ambassador van, sightseeing

Bend over please

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 22 Aug 2007 | Views [891]

There are places whose name only makes you want to visit them. Coral Bay is one of them, and it stands up to it. A dozen km off the main road, you stumble on a small resort town nestled on a gorgeous turquoise bay. There’s everything you might need, ... Read more >

Tags: ambassador van, scams & robberies

Swim with the fishes

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 20 Aug 2007 | Views [1187]

Here’s an expression that has a double meaning, but when used in its original sense, it can be an unforgettable experience. This one started some times ago with a friend of mine, while sipping a bottle of good wine. Having visited Australia before, ... Read more >

Tags: ambassador van, the great outdoors


AUSTRALIA | Friday, 17 Aug 2007 | Views [5165] | Comments [1]

Now this one might be truly appreciated only by the Australians and the Swiss. The Australians because, after meeting so many of you guys on the road saying that Vegemite was damn’ good mate , I finally had a chance to try it. And the Swiss ones ... Read more >

Tags: ambassador van, food & eating

A city built on pearls

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 15 Aug 2007 | Views [1032]

So the Kimberleys were ruled out for me and I didn’t want to dwell on it. The decision was made, I had to move on. Destination Broome, and along the way, I figured I could still see a few things, like the towns of Wyndham or Derby at both ends of ... Read more >

Tags: ambassador van, culture

Diamond plane

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 14 Aug 2007 | Views [2201] | Comments [1]

On the morning of March 3 rd 1942, Russian WWI ace Ivan Smirnov took off from Bandung on the island of Java, at that time part of the Dutch East Indies. Just before leaving, he was handed a small package wrapped in brown paper, with the instructions ... Read more >

Tags: ambassador van, lost!

A gift horse's mouth

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 9 Aug 2007 | Views [807]

In this part of Australia, the beaten path is quite clear. It's the one and only main road and everything you want to see is somewhere off that road, sometimes a hundred kilometres out or more. And that’s where my problem starts, since a large majority ... Read more >

Tags: ambassador van, misadventures

Rock Art

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 8 Aug 2007 | Views [1149] | Comments [1]

Kakadu National Park enjoys the rare distinction of being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site both for its flamboyant wildlife and rich vegetation, and for its unique aboriginal heritage. There are literally dozens of rock art sites throughout ... Read more >

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Top End’s tropical vegetation

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 5 Aug 2007 | Views [1301]

Before visiting a place, I love to read about it. It helps me understand what I see when I’ve got it under my nose. Well, at least a little bit. I had read in the Lonely Planet that this part of Australia, being so close to the equator, enjoyed tropical ... Read more >

Tags: ambassador van, the great outdoors

From waterfalls to rockholes

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 3 Aug 2007 | Views [681]

Monday morning, the road is mine. Not for long though. Barely 20 km out of town, I had to turn around because of a minor electrical problem. Despite being overwhelmed by customers, the guys at Traveller’s Auto Barn did a great job in finding and ... Read more >

Tags: ambassador van, relaxation

A change of name perhaps?

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 1 Aug 2007 | Views [672] | Comments [1]

When he learnt that Captain John Lort Stokes from the Beagle , a former shipmate, had named a beautiful bay in northern Australia by his name, evolutionist Charles Darwin must have been quite flattered. It was back in 1839, and the name was Port ... Read more >

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One of the two outside the States

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 30 Jul 2007 | Views [813] | Comments [2]

Well, this definitely woke the air fan in me up. There is a B-52 in Darwin! At the Australian Aviation Heritage Center to be more precise. It became instantly the goal of my day, since I had never seen such a monster. I had seen the results of B-... Read more >

Tags: ambassador van, sightseeing

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