Round Up

Here’s a bit of a round up of my travels – what I liked, what I didn’t, what worked well, what I’d do differently next time and just other general bits and pieces. London London in late June (early summer) is light.  It’s light at around 3.30/4.00am in the morning until around 10pm at night.  I…

Flying, flying and yep – more flying!

Day 27/28:  San Francisco / Hong Kong Leaving San Fran last night, it occurred to me that I couldn’t think of any redeeming features about the place at all.  It’s not pretty, day or night, its miserable, I didn’t find the people friendly, the homelessness is saddening, the wharf is really touristy – and no…

Counting Down

Day 26:  San Francisco Today I was supposed to do an urban adventure walking out onto the Golden Gate Bridge along the Pacific Coast, visiting San Francisco’s most exclusive neighbourhood and the Sutro Baths.  But guess what – I found out yesterday that I’m the only one booked on this tour.  This is the first place…

Um, ho-hum

Day 25:  San Francisco I was looking forward to getting out of the city on a cycling wine tour through Californian wine country today.  I thought this might make up for yesterdays opinion of San Fran.  After a very bland, boring free breakfast (why can’t I go back to Ace where there’s waffles and granola?),…

Disappointment Leaving, Disappointment Arriving

Day 24:  Seattle / San Francisco I don’t want to leave Seattle.  I wish I had way more time to enjoy this city.  Obviously I knew that the music history of the city would reel me in, but I didn’t expect how pretty it would be and what an awesome vibe the city emanated. There’s still…

Jubilation and Paradise

Day 23:  Seattle Today has dawned a stunningly blue, beautiful warm day – the absolute definition of a perfect day.  This is going to be a good day, I think to myself.  Yesterday I couldn’t see Mt Rainier from either the seaplane nor the Space Needle, but today I think the Gods are smiling on…

Expect the Best

Day 22:  Seattle Oh what’s this – another day filled to the brim with new and exciting things to do?  Righty then, best I finish my granola and yoghurt, wash it down with my coffee and get on with it. Scenic Flight on a Seaplane Taking a Seattle seaplane tour is a quintessential Northwest experience…

The Land of Bigmuff Superfuzz, Subpop and Long Hair

Day 21:  New York/Seattle Given that I was 3kg over already from Cayman, I need to do something about my luggage, by shipping some home ahead of me. I found the New York post office on my travels last night and figure it would cost me the same to buy a new suitcase and have to…

Punk Chaos Meets Shanghai Glamour

Day 20:  New York Most people probably don’t know this about me, but growing up I wanted to be a fashion designer.  I made scrapbooks and notebooks of research on design and sketches of outfits I was going to create.  But in Perth in the early 90’s, there wasn’t a lot of opportunity in the creative arts…

A Big Day of Sights in the Big Apple

Day 19:  New York They are right when they say that New York is the city that never sleeps.  It’s a cacophony of horns and sirens all night long.  But it serves to remind me that I am in Nu Yawk!  So I jump out of bed and head off eager to explore the city…

Little Flight to the Big Apple

Day 18:  Grand Cayman Island / New York Today it’s time to say goodbye to great friends.  I’ve had the trip of a lifetime.  I’ve seen and done so many things outside my comfort zone.  For the girl who doesn’t like the ocean, iguanas, turtles, stingrays or sand, many days have certainly been a challenge, but I’ve…

Journey to the (Other) End of the World

Having conquered my solo trip to Japan, I now have another new challenge in mind. Typically I have always travelled through Asia. I love that the culture, beliefs, language and the food are just so totally different than those in my home country of Australia. Its just fascinating and I can’t say I’ve ever had a…