Australian Adventures with Rachel

As many of you know, I flew back to Australia at the end of June in 2009. My return flight was only valid for a year, so it was my plan to spend some quality time with my family before uprooting my Australian life and moving to the USA.

Unbeknownst to me, Rachel flew down to Australia not much more than a month after I returned. Well, I had a hinkering something was going on because her best friend tweeted (proof of tweet no longer available) confusion when Rachel said/tweeted that they were going camping together. Nevertheless, Rachel surprised me at Pancakes on the Rocks (one of my favourite places to eat) after my mom and sister picked her up from the airport.

Since it was Rachel’s first time to Sydney (and Australia) I aimed to show her all the glorious places (some touristy, and some hidden gems) my home city has to offer. First, I took her on a walk down a bush trail called the Cascades Track. At the bottom a couple of rivers/streams converge in to one. It’s great for photography, and on a sunny day you’d be lucky to see more than ten people during the whole walk.

Shrubbery HDR by Rachel Mayo on FlickrCreek HDR by Rachel Mayo on Flickr

The Royal Botanic Gardens is situated right next to the Sydney Opera House (and the hustle and bustle of the city) and yet the gardens are very tranquil — another great place for photography. At sunset you’ll see thousands of bats flying around and hanging in the tall trees here.

Bats by Rachel Mayo on FlickrFurther Entrance by Rachel Mayo on Flickr

Watching the sunset while standing on the edge of a cliff is quite romantic. Please excuse the powerlines, hun. 😛

An Australian visit isn’t complete unless you do some acting on Home & Away. In winter. In a bikini. On the beach. At 6am. Trust me, these memories are great! (And you make some descent mulah to spend at POTR; full circle.)

That’s all the content I have online from Rachel’s adventure to Sydney. If I find some other sweet pieces of media, then I’ll update this post. 🙂

Silent Screams

Last night I was finishing some work on my computer while Rachel and her parents went to sleep.

After I finished my work I brushed my teeth and changed in to my pajamas. That last part was the kicker. It was completely dark, but I knew that there was a table next to the bed.

As I took of my pants I lifted my leg and… !BANG! My knee hit the corner of the table at speed.

I assume that most people would have let out a wail loud enough for people in the next room to hear. However, I opened my mouth wide and no audible sound came out.

You see, I respected my fellow roommates (Rachel and her parents) and chose not to wake them. I did hold my knee and roll around on the bed for a few moments, but nothing that would have disrupted their sleep.

Are you a wailer or a silent screamer?

A world of adventure

I love traveling. I love nature. And I love friends.

Today I finished watching the show/documentary By Any Means. It was about getting from Ireland to Sydney, Australia by any means possible (besides aircraft whenever possible). I only discovered the show about a week ago when I was mindlessly flipping through the Foxtel (cable TV) EPG.

The main people on-camera in the show were Charlie Boorman (from Long Way Round) and his buddy Russ Malkin. They had just one cameraman (Mungo) for many sections of the trip, and in each location a translator and sometimes another camera operator would join.

It was an inspirational show, and now I want to do a similar trip.

I’ve seen a lot of the United States. Well, the major cities and some smaller towns. I’d like to fill in the gaps (Grand Canyon, Route 66, Yosamite National Park, etc) when I go back next year.

That said, I haven’t seen squat around Australia. I’ve lived in Adelaide and Sydney. I’ve been to Brisbane and Canberra. Other than that I’ve neglected Australia’s wondrous landscape.
Of course, I would just LOVE to up and go right now, but I have no way of funding such an adventure at this point in time, nor can I just leave my job, and other commitments at this time.

Plus, I’m a little addicted to the Internet. So much so that I was thinking of unique ways to go on an adventure around Australia (or even around the world), and I came up with ‘Staying Connected By Any Means’. Yes, it’s a working title. 😛

What I propose to you, my friends, is that in a few years you join me for an adventure where we can attempt to stay connected to the Internet for as long as possible. By that time 3G/4G coverage around the world should be pretty well covered and it might even be possible!

We could even dismiss the whole Internet idea and just document it all on handheld cameras. Either way, I know it would be a life-changing experience and full of awesomeness!

So. Maybe a 2013 or 2015 adventure? (After everyone is out of college/university and has their life streamlined.) How does that sound?

Count yourself in down in the comments. 🙂

Where to go in 2009?

[I’ll insert a video here later today…]

So… it’s the 2nd of January, I’m in Fort Worth, Texas, and I head to San Francisco on Monday.

I’m trying to figure out where to go after MacWorld (January 5-9, 2009) in San Francisco. I really want to go skiing somewhere — I’m probably going to Lake Tahoe for that, but I’m just waiting to hear back from Victor.

I’d like to stay on/near the west coast for most of January if possible; I’m going to be in and around New York for most of February, and then in Texas for most of March (yes, I’ll probably be at SXSW).

My current options for after MacWorld/SF:
– Skiing somewhere for a week or so.
– Los Angeles (where to stay and what to do?).
– Visit Joely in Seattle and then head up to my uncle’s place in Vancouver, Canada. The only problem with Canada is: I’m not sure how much it will cost to operate my iPhone there (I have unlimited txt/data in the USA), and I’m not sure if my uncle has broadband internet there (I need the fast internet for my job at Viddler).

Do you have other ideas of where I should go?

For those of you going to MacWorld, I’ll see ya there! 🙂