No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his...– Lin Yutang
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Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of...– Cesare Pavese
An Urban Jungle Adventure
BANGKOK……it’s everything you’ve ever heard about it and then some!! In the last four days we have ridden on the BTS Sky Train, the Underground, tuk tuks (see photos), countless ups and downs in our hotel elevator, a Mercedes luxury van, escalators, travelators, rattling 4D cinema chairs, a glass bottom boat, paddle boats, long-tailed speed boats, public river ferries, up...
Bangkok with the Boys - Part I →
Some pics from our urban jungle adventure…the first few days. More to come!
20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than...– ~ Mark Twain
The End of The Road (17 Aug, 2011)
Well….it’s 6 pm in Darwin. We’ve checked in our campervan after packing all our bags (six of them!), used all 80kg of luggage allowance and even have some time to kill while we wait for our flight home to Bali. It was a long morning of packing up & cleaning, sorting out all the linens and dumping the port-a-potty. Once business was taken care of, we wandered into town...
betashop: 21 things we're learning at Fab.com →
betashop: Here are the slides from our Fab.com all-company meeting today. Sharing, as per lesson #14. Enjoy. Feedback appreciated. 21 things we’re learning at Fab.com - October 2011 Presentation Transcript: 21 Things We’reLearning At Fab.com 10-12-11 130 Days Ago Fab.com Didn’t…
Trust in what is difficult.– Rainer Maria Rilke (via takingasabbatical)
A fun day at Mataranka Thermal Pools….crystal clear waters + warm water + beautiful sunny day = lots of fun :) Very cool spot!
Our Big Aussie Holiday - Part I, Brisbane →
Day 12: The Best Yet
15 August We all woke this morning before sunrise and decided to go out for breakfast. Really out. Before the sun peeked over the horison, we were well into a 2.6km hike to the top of the waterfall. All rugged up (it was quite cool when we set out), we scampered along the path, across the river and headed up and up to the top of the escarpment, shedding layers of clothing as we went. We found...
The Real Juice
Okay, okay…with 36 hours to go, we know you want to hear the real juice. We were on the move everyday and with a lack of time and energy so many details have been left out. Many small, precious moments, smells, sounds & feelings didn’t make it onto the page. But I’m sure you’re dying to know…were all the days really so rosey? Was everything so perfect?...
Day 11: What?!? Only Two More Days?
14 August After waking to the smell of gum trees in the air and the birds again heralding the rising sun, I put the kettle on & wandered outside into the cool morning air. So fresh. It was a rough night as Krisna’s cough flared up a couple times so I went back inside and set to work juicing a lemon & mixing it with some honey for later. Another beautiful day…we have been...
Day 10: Caves, Bats and The Gorge on the Full Moon
13 August After being woken rather pleasantly at sunrise by the sounds of birds outside in the trees, I put the kettle on to make a cup of tea, had a stretch and a little walk before the boys woke. What a beautiful morning it was. The park is full of tall gum trees, filled with so many varieties of birds it felt like we were at a bird park. Each morning, each place has had its own special...
Day 8 & 9: On The Road to Katherine
Wycliffe Well turned out to be one of our favourite spots to camp. The boys loved exploring around the lake and much to their delight, they found a shopping bag full of spent shotgun cartridges. I’m not sure what they’re going to do with them but to 12 and 8 year old boys, it is precious treasure. We packed up, fueled up & got on the road north again. It wasn’t too long...
Day 7: Finally heading North
Wednesday, 10 August After packing up camp in Alice Springs and fueling up once more, we at last began heading north out of town. Alice has been a great base to work out of these last few days with everything we could possibly need for our adventures. Even though we spent 6 days here, it feels like we barely touched the tip of the iceberg….there’s so much to do both in town and in...
Day 6: Westward Ho!!
Tuesday, 9 August It has been a bit of a flat day…everyone a bit tired today after the last few days’ adventures. It was a cold morning and we were all up a bit late, had nice hot porridge with fresh strawberries for breakfast then headed out in the direction of the West MacDonnell National Park to play for the rest of the day. A few kilometers out of town we saw a turn off for...
Day 5: Taking Care of the Business End of Things
Monday, 8 August Maybe it’s all the driving I’ve been doing but I swear my eyes have degenerated at warp speed these last few days. Perhaps it’s the straining to see kangaroos near the road? Or looking at too much beautiful scenery? Maybe it’s that hot desert sun? Whatever it is, I can’t seem to read anything anymore….which means keeping these pesky reading...
Day 4: Kata Tjuta and Back to Our Favourite...
Sunday, 7 Aug It’s 7pm and we’ve just settled in at our table at the Curtain Springs Cattle Station camp kitchen for fresh steak dinner. It’s one of the world’s largest ranches at 1,028,960 acres, halfway between Darwin & Adelaide. They operate a nice little road house 100km from Uluru and it’s our favourite camp spot so far because we are allowed to build a...
Day 3: Uluru at Sunrise!
Saturday, 6 August We woke before dawn in near freezing temperatures…holy moley it was cold!! Since we pulled into a free campsite in Curtin Springs we had no power for the heater so we all shimmied into our clothes, jumpers, jackets, scarves…anything we could find & fired up the engine to get on the road to make it from there to Uluru by sunrise. Fortunately, we’d packed...
Day 2: On the Road to Uluru
Friday, 5 August Our arrival into Alice Springs yesterday afternoon was quite exciting…we’ve been looking forward to camping for weeks and the weather was clear & warm…perfect! After picking up Maui, our groovy camper van (again, upgraded FOC, like the hire car), we headed for the supermarket to stock up the fridge & cupboards for our journey out to Uluru. Since it was...
ULURU Here We Come!! →
Can’t wait! We’re finally here….. Groovin’ on down the road :) The Tribe
On The Train
We woke this morning to our first sunrise over the outback of Australia. A spectacular, deeply glowing red disc hovering over the horison of a landscape covered in bush & scrub rising out of the red soil. We have been 21 hours on The Ghan…seats comfy, meals ok, decent sleep, weather clear & fellow passengers patient & tolerant of the boys. Krisna likely to be a star on facebook...
On Our Way!
After cutting it a bit close for comfort for our early Jetstar departure from Brisbane (left the camera at Grandma’s house-ugghh!), the team pulled it together & slid on through check-in & security checks to relax into rows 7 & 8 to Adelaide. Now we are hanging out at Adelaide Parklands Terminal waiting for the conductor to call “All Aboard!” So exciting :) first...
A Great Night Out w/ Joe →
While Grandma watched the two little ones, Joe & I stepped out on the town to watch a new musical, ‘Dr. Zhivago’. Spectacular performances, interesting sets, action, drama, romance…..it had it all. Bravo to the cast & crew! Two thumbs up….
Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life!– Albert Einstein
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Fun pics from our Aussie holiday on facebook →
Whirlwind of Experiences
So much has happened over this last week…we could write several times a day….finding the time is the real challenge. Unless I stay up after the kids have gone to bed & miss out on precious beauty sleep (like now), rarely do I have a moment to sit down & spend time on the computer. Morning til night is filled with activity…and that’s nothing to complain about. I...
Transformers 3 in 3D
joespost: THE MOST EPIC MOVIE IV’E EVER SEEN. It was AMAZING in fact it was better than the first and second ones, and i saw it in 3D although there was more military in number 1, in this one there is secret agents instead kinda boring. ll else was perfect.
Family Fun Day to Celebrate Grandpa's 94th... →
After a fabulous day running around at the park with a good part of our big Aussie family we are all chilling out at Grandma’s house watching a movie after a yummy dinner. Gotta love the holidays :)
Settling In Quickly
Day 2 and things are settling quickly. Travelling is like giving birth….hours of pain, all forgotten when the destination is reached. The layover in Darwin was three hours of painful waiting for our flight w/ three overtired & very wound up boys. We survived & all slept the 3 1/2 hours to Brisbane. It was a fabulous day of catching up with the cousins and Grandma, stocking up...
The Journey Begins
Writing while on plane #1 to Darwin…it’s well after midnite, home time & kids are all still amped up with excitement. Wish I was…amped up, that is. Excited? Very. Exhausted? Very. Amped up? Definitely not. But they are. They have been great. All real troopers, helping to carry the bags, waiting in lines for check in & immigration. So much excitement these last few...