A landmark day

This day last year, 5 May 2015,  I arrived in Sydney, my final destination in Australia. In a trip full of fantastic moments, this one was special. I had driven a good distance from Port Nelson, over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and straight to the car rental drop-off; much as I loved my trusty Golf, I was glad to be ditching it and not having to deal with Sydney traffic. My lovely Air BnB host gave me a glass of wine to calm my nerves,  and off I went to discover the city. First stop,…

How to be like Captain Cook, not Admiral Nelson

In response to the challenge of www.justmeplease.com, here is my tip for dealing with sea-sickness: DON'T GO ON BOATS! But I jest of course. The best thing about travelling is the opportunity to do things you wouldn't normally do, and going on boat trips was one of them for me. I never even considered sea-sickness until the day I went to go snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, from Cairns in Australia. It was a rocky enough trip and I remembered what motion sickness was then, I tell you. It was even worse when I…

Great Southern Land

Marianne and I are partial to a bit of Icehouse (Australian band who had their heyday in the 80's - like many of us), and I have used the name of their great song -which is now an Australian classic - for my title. Am attaching the link because it sums up my feelings on Australia as I prepare myself to leave it. (Mar check out the mullet on Iva - this is the 1989 version, it was originally released in 1982) http://youtu.be/uPvIH1XQ-uk I have had the most fantastic holiday here and am so lucky to…