Australia

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...

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...