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Bye Australia, Hello Singapore

Asia has such a unique atmosphere that best way to adapt is to embrace the crowd, the smell and dive into the chaos without looking back. We landed in Singapore under pouring rain, after a whole day...

10 Stuff We Learned in Australia

We bused about 3,000 kilometers along the East Coast, from tropical Queensland to New South Wales. We drove another 1,000 kilometers South of Sydney and out of the beaten tracks. We walked on dozens...

Canberra

Australians are quick to dismiss their capital and I don’t think I have ever heard anybody bragging about being from Canberra. Indeed, the state of ATC (Australia Capital Territory) is tiny and...

The Grand Pacific Drive (III)

We finally found a little paradise, 500 kilometers from Sydney and 700 kilometers from Melbourne: the little town of Narooma, on the Eurobodalla Coast. Conveniently located far enough from the two...

The Grand Pacific Drive (II)

To get there, we had to take a steep climb up a mountain road. During the first half of the climb, the narrow strip of asphalt crossed the Kangaroo Valley, where there seems to be more wombats than...

The Grand Pacific Drive (I)

After New Year, we decided to rent a car to get off the beaten track and go where Greyhound doesn’t, South of Sydney, following the Grand Pacific Drive.

Sydney By Night

All travelers know how great—and slightly surrealistic—it feels when you see a landmark for real, whatever it is, for the first time. I didn’t react any differently when I first walked to the iconic...

New Year in Sydney

Wow, what a crazy day it was! The short version (for those who have a hangover): we didn’t sleep for a day and a half, spent New Year Eve in Sydney along with 1.5 million people, and watch the...

Brisbane and Surfers Paradise

Brisbane was our first large city since Sydney and we arrived by Greyhound under pouring rain. Bad weather is less frustrating in the city than at the beach, we thought, and at least in Brisbane we...

Noosa

“Are these jellyfishes?” I asked one of the lifeguards. “Yay mate”, he replied, bending down to pick one up on the sand. ”See the tentacles?” he added, squeezing the long blue thread I hadn’t noticed...

Water and Fire

We were in Agnes Water/ Town of 1770 for Christmas, where Captain Cook made his first landing in Queensland (hence the “1770”). We hadn’t really planned anything and I don’t care much about Christmas...

Outback Queensland

We may still be close to the coast, but it feels like outback Queensland. Back to reality, after Airlie Beach and the hordes of backpackers. This is Australia, a bit rough around the edges, remote...

The Whitsundays

After a couple of days in Airlie Beach, we took a trip to the Whitsunday, a group of islands sitting on the Great Barrier Reef. After an hour boat trip, we reached Whitsunday Island, home of the...

Airlie Beach

I had the most interesting shower today. As I was bending to rinse off the salty water (late swim at the beach) in a shower made for Lilliputians, two spiders were fighting over the same ant right...

Magnetic Island

Once you step out of the airport or any air-conditioned place you were lucky to be in, the heat hits you. It’s moist, humid, the sun hit any inch of bare skin and you can’t escape. Welcome to...

Living Out Of A Bag

Hostels are chaotic places. Shared bathrooms, communal kitchen, dorms… living with perfect strangers is both surprisingly easy and quite weird. You can tell the kids who have never lived outside home...

Sydney Fish Market

It’ no secret that I love markets: they are often the best place to sample cheap fresh food and local delicacies. That’s why I was so happy when I heard about the Sydney Fish Market.

Sydney, Australia

Sydney hasn’t changed that much in seven years. The landmarks, the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, are still there. The city looks busier but it may be because it’s summer—it was fall last time...

U2 Concert in Sydney

I had never taken the boat to a concert but since Sydney offered us the opportunity, we jumped on the ferry to the Olympic Park to go see U2.

Yes, U2.

Bondi Beach

In Australia, not going to the beach on Sunday is almost a sin. So we follow pretty much half of Sydney to Bondi Beach, the city’s iconic patch of sand. Let’s be fair: Bondi is a lovely beach and...

Blackbutt Reserve

The highlight of our two days in Newcastle was the Blackbutt Reserve (funny name, I know!), located outside the city. Getting there by bus wasn’t easy but it was well worth it: we met the Australian...

The New OZ

Australia has changed. We can tell by the Coke bottles. The first thing we did after clearing customs at Sydney airport was to buy a Coke, since we were both thirsty. It costs AU$3.50 and we found...

G’Day, Sydney

On Monday night, we packed our bags again and returned to LAX to catch our flight to Sydney. The entire security process took about 5 minutes:no immigration control, no passport stamp, the bags were...

10 More Things I Can’t Travel Without

The first list I made was by no means the last one. The more we travel, the more we learn. Times change too: up until our Latin America trip two years ago, I carried... a Walkman and a few homemade...