Beautiful Broome

Broome is a town of about 15,000 people on the northwest coast of Australia, in the Kimberley region. I enjoyed both expaneses of blue – sky and sea – plus Cable Beach, Gantheaume Point Beach, Courthouse markets, and stargazing.

4 countries in 30 hours…

I made the mistake of going to a shopping centre by myself. I was overwhelmed by everything! Strangers speaking English to me, English all around me, new products, familiar stuff repackaged, self-service checkouts – and SO many choices.

Koala in an animal park in Victoria.

The Aodaliya Conversations

Many times in taxis I have heard Australia praised on the radio as a travel destination. These days when someone discovers I’m from Australia, the instant reaction is not kangaroos or our Prime Minister, but how beautiful my country is.

Cross Stitch

2012 Trip – part 1: Family in the East

I am currently travelling, and I’m dividing up my stories into three parts. Also, I have a new camera! I have finally replaced the one that died in Buatong Waterfall (Chiangmai) last July :) On April 26th, 2012, my maternal grandparents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Quite the achievement! I planned a trip home to…

A Beijing taxi driver

Taxi Conversation

May is a crazy time of year for me. There are graduations and farewells and end-of-year events and all sorts of related stuff. This May I’ve had a bunch of extra stuff too. CRAZY! But all wonderful stuff I’d never want to miss. Instead of talking about all that, though, I want to tell you…

Travelling to Australia

Hi friends! I’m writing to you because my Great Tour of Australia is in the works and I’m hoping for your help! I’m planning to be in the Canberra-Sydney area August 6th-13th, Newcastle around the 14th-15th, Melbourne about the 19th-24th, and Perth/Kalgoorlie about the 25th-29th. (Only the arrival and departure dates are confirmed, the rest…

Back from Australia

Hi everyone, I am back from my trip to Australia. I had a WONDERFUL time seeing friends and family, and Natasha and Dante’s wedding day was absolutely PERFECT! My poor body is a little confused by all the temperature changes but at least the central heating is on at home. My living room stays about 19 (66)…

The wedding I was in!

January Update

Good morning, all! I don’t do New Year’s resolutions, but if I was going to, I might add “send more update emails” to the list. I really want to stay in touch better this year. I know that some of you enjoy reading my emails but aren’t so hot on hitting the reply button –…

Made it back to Beijing

hi all – just a quick note to say that i made it back to beijing, and everything seems to be fine… got into beijing last night and just arrived at the office to get back to work. i had a wonderful time in australia – not what i expected (at least not all of…

Home!

So I’m sitting on my grandparents’ couch, using my Mum’s laptop, borrowing the wireless network from a hearby house that we are picking up here… ;) Just thought I’d pop online and say that I’m not dead. The plane got me safely home and yes, I’m talking my head off at everyone! Best thing is…