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Last Australian Adventure

Monday, August 6th, 2007

Today is my last full day in Australia. Tomorrow I have an overnight (I have to sleep in the Bangkok airport) to Hong Kong. I am both nervous and excited at the prospect. China is regarded by some as one of the most difficult Asian countries to travel in. They are probably the least Anglicanized I guess you could say. You will find less people speaking English here than in many other Asian countries. I can’t form an opinion yet as I have not been to Asia before. I have booked a room at the Kowloon New Hostel in Hong Kong so now I only have to figure out how to get there. I originally thought I would be done with hostels once I got to Asia, but I soon found out that room prices in the bustling cities of China rival those in the western world. It appears I will have another month or so of hostels. I know it will get cheaper though as I have found hotels in Nepal that have single rooms for about $5.00 a night. [read on]

West Coast Odyssey

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

As it turns out I could rent a car with just my international driving permit (even though it clearly stated it wasn’t valid without a driver’s license. I didn’t point that out though.) On Sunday I finally had luck finding a travel companion in the form of a 21 year old German (they really are everywhere) girl named Jasmine. She had put a notice up on the board in the hostel and needed to be in Perth by July 31 for her flight home. We met and after several phone calls decided to rent a car for nine days from Europcar. As stated above they were willing to rent me the car without my US driver’s liscense. We ended up with a very nice new Hyundai Tuscon that needed to be delivered back to Perth so they waved the one way drop off fee. The “car” looked like it had been birthed from an amorous encounter between a hatchback car and an SUV so I am not exactly sure what to call it. [read on]

The Gibb River Road and Derby

Friday, July 20th, 2007
The comments have been pretty slow lately. Hopefully I didn't offend any of my female readers with my last post. I did have fun with the all girl group, but I was being honest when I said it took a ... [Continue reading this entry]

Kununurra and the Bungle Bungles

Saturday, July 14th, 2007
I spent the morning of my last day in Darwin trying to figure out a way to get to Broome. Since I had no luck finding a traveling companion, I finally decided to take the Greyhound Bus to Kununurra and ... [Continue reading this entry]

Welcome to the Tropics

Sunday, July 8th, 2007
My tour is now officially finished and I am sitting in Darwin contemplating how to get to Broome. I met with my group that I was leaving one last time for supper before going to bed for my early morning ... [Continue reading this entry]

Northward Ho

Saturday, June 30th, 2007
I am now sitting in Alice Springs midway through my 14 day tour of the red center of Australia. I have one day off here before rejoining the tour for my trip to Darwin. The trip began with a 6:00 ... [Continue reading this entry]


Saturday, June 23rd, 2007
I have spent the last four days exploring Adelaide and attempting to wrangle up someone to share fuel costs with for a trip through the Outback. As usual and much to my frustration, I have had no luck in this ... [Continue reading this entry]

Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007
On Friday, I caught a Country Link XPT train for the 12 hour trip from Sydney to Melbourne. I passed the time reading and talking to people on the train. For a good part of the trip, I sat next ... [Continue reading this entry]

Sydney – The Beginning of A New Journey

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007
A rather turbulent airplane trip over the Tasman Sea (or "the Ditch" as its called here) took me to Australia's largest city of Sydney. I arrived at the airport and unlike New Zealand I positively flew through customs. I did ... [Continue reading this entry]