Lost for words

Not long after I left behind a brilliant holiday in England, life started happening fast… It was a bit like running down the street while blind folded during an earthquake — though I  was grateful there were directions to move in even if I was about to hit something somewhat unforgiving at full speed. What…

An endless silence as light relents; the beasts fall to dream while the demons rise to feed. The veil now wears thin. Meet me at the threshold; where worlds entwine; where darkness brings comfort; and where nothing begins.

All the Sights in a London Minute!

London in ten days — basically a blur of sightseeing! To fill you in on what I’ve been up to, I thought I’d create an image gallery instead of fondly dwelling on each iconic bit. Only one question remains for me: is a London minute shorter or longer than a New York minute?

Welcome to London!

All my life, I have been waiting …. After 24 hours of flying and a day-and-a-half of bear-like hibernation in my hotel room with the thermostat set to “Ecuador,” visiting the world-famous Big Ben serves as my official “welcome to London!” Warning: involuntary regurgitation of factual information featured below this point. Turn back now if you are only…

Please Wake For Food

  Please wake for food. Brilliant because it’s always true …. ALWAYS. Even if I was just vomiting for 16 hours due to a horrific stomach bug, still wake for food … or face my wrath. Oh, the small joys of traveling! All I need do is sleep and eat my way through 24 hours…

Upcoming: a jaunt around the world

The UK in February! I still can’t quite accept the fact that I am leaving sunny Australia for a few weeks to experience winter in the northern hemisphere for the first time in three years …. Yet, it will be worth bundling up and braving the cold as I am venturing to the other side of…

How to trap and release a Huntsman spider the size of a small dog

Often times we focus on the “bigger” moments in traveling, but sometimes the smaller dramas are just as interesting. And so you have it — an unusual “how to” guide based on first hand tropical spider experience. The situation: You are currently traveling in Australia. You awake in the morning and, just like any day,…

Home Is Where the Heart Is

Traveling indefinitely is not always easy. It has shitty moments — like you’re headed to the airport and your friend’s car breaks down leaving you stranded. And it has its finer moments — a perfect stranger stops to help and drives two hours out of their way to ensure you make your flight. And juggling…

Homecoming

It’s good to be back in the Bay! While the Northern Territory and the Red Centre were magical, it’s time to get back to it! “It” mainly consists of working, splashing around in the sea (surfing, as I call it) and the generally bizarre day-to-day antics that only occur here in Byron. Not to worry, daily…

Object lesson: Bugs Bunny mug #postaday

Sherlock had his pipe. Dorothy had her ruby red slippers. Me? Well, friends, particularly former and current housemates, would most likely associate me with this: Yep, it is a Bugs Bunny mug. When I arrived in Australia I decided I needed a vessel dedicated purely to tea drinking. It was a small luxury I could now…

Reflections on “goodbye”

When traveling, people often make a sudden splash, and the ripple effect continues long after parting ways …. People come into my life for three days, two weeks, four months, one year — I never really know for how long and I’ve learned to anticipate short stays — and we share an adventure or commiserate…

Watarrka National Park: Home of Kings Canyon

Waking up hours before the sun to begin a dizzyingly steep climb up what’s known as “heartbreak hill” — as attempting this feat after sunrise is already considered dangerous due to desert temps and exposure — tends to become one of those mornings where I wonder: what am I doing? Why did I sign up…