Oceania

The Gold Coast: A Beach Retreat

After Trevor and I spent some time exploring Tassie and Hellberra….I mean Canberra, the concession was a weekend away for him, his wife, their son, and – most importantly – me. So, we did what many Sydneysiders do, we headed north to the Gold Coast. If the Hamptons, Myrtle Beach, and...

Canberra: The (Surprise) Capital

We arrived back in Sydney from Hobart with just enough time for a good night’s rest (thanks to the whisky) before hopping in a car to head to Canberra (pronounced Ca-buruh). Haven’t heard of it? That’s too bad. It’s the capital! That’s right, here you were wandering through life like the...

A Prisoner and A Devil Walk Into A Bar. Tasmania!

After our day in Sydney [Click that link to get caught up, if you’d like], Trevor and I were bound for Tasmania, better known by the locals as “Tassie” (pronounced “Tazzy”). Australians have nicknames for everything. In fact, if you survive more than a few weeks in Australia without...

Australia: Take Three

On the last night of my recent trip to Australia, I was in a French restaurant in Sydney, sipping Japanese whisky, and reading Robert Hughes’ international best seller, The Fatal Shore. It’s about how the British settled Australia. When I recognized the cosmopolitan nature of my...

“Air Force One” in The Marshall Islands

Here I am in Guam, an outpost of the United States in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and home to — from what I can see — a lot of US Military, Korean tourists, and an incredibly disgusting hotel. There’s no desk so I’m writing this blog post while sitting on two towels on the...

Transpacific Anticipation

I’ve heard some travelers express sadness when they start a trip. Beginning a journey, they say, marks the end since the experience is already coming to a close. It’s a negative spin on the cliché that, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” I have a different...

Part 3: Fiji. “And then ya die.”

[This is the third in a three-part series of posts about my most recent trip to Australia and Fiji. If you missed the first post, check here. For the second one, click here.] When my friends back home found out that I was going to Fiji, they were shocked. See, I’m not exactly a...