Summary of Australia Sector – Australia, Australia

Australia!

It`s amazing how three months can go by so quickly and slowly at the same time. There were days in Australia which seemed timeless and others which I couldn`t remember what year I was in, let alone the month or day.

Bryon Bay was my first real stop which was a good pick as three days turned into twelve thanks to some extraordinary individuals who introduced me to Oz properly. My experiences in Bryon helped me to believe that magic really does happen! It is a spiritual ha read more

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Party right to the Plane – Brisbane, Australia

The train just left Brisbane. My hair is soaked and my heart is still racing. My whole body is pulsing to the bass that danced me like a puppet for the last 5 hours. All my muscles ache but the adrenaline makes me feel like I am floating. I feel so light. I look past my rosy-faced reflection through the glass and see the subtle change in the dark night sky announcing the beginning of a new day. Minute by minute the sun creeps closer and one by one the street lights dim to sleep. This is goodbye read more

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Shadey Server Scams – Byron Bay and Lennox Head, Australia

Went back to Byron Bay one last time to say goodbye to all the good memories. I arrived and Amys` (Switz, Holland, Spain) sister Kate was waiting for me. We went back to the 1.5 million dollar mansion that she and her friends had totally lucked out on getting for the week.

We had some BBQ parties and went out to experience the local Byron nightlife, something I hadn`t done much last time I was there. Um, and now I know why. I left Byron with Kates` cousins who dropped me off in Lennox Hea read more

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Climbing the Harbour Bridge – Sydney, Australia

I woke at 6am and made it into the first group to do the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb the first Monday in the second month in 2003. The worlds` largest steel arch bridge has eight vehicle lanes, two train lines, a foot way and a cycleway. And I was about to climb to the top of it.

It was great fun getting suited up with the latest safety gear and sporty grey suits. We got ear pieces so we could hear our climb leader Bruce give us instructions, info tidbits and the occasional joke. The view o read more

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Beautiful People – Sydney, Australia

Even though yesterdays entry was not the happiest and uplifting to read, it had to be said. Please note that this is no reflection on my stay here in charming Sydney. I absolutely love it here and I can see why it is one of the worlds` top cities.

I think that life gives you what you can handle. And I really do believe that the people you surround yourself with can really affect the mood of your trip. Today is a WONDERFULLY FANTASTIC day. I am super happy and recharged. I feel as if I hav read more

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Dead Sea Horses – Sydney, Australia

Well, it appears I am back where I began. I am spending some quality time with my dear friends Lauren and Kate whom I discovered first in Rome. We have been doing some good walks and laps in the local pool keeping our bods toned. Lauren makes the best smoothies ever of fresh mango and passion fruit. She has me addicted. There are mango trees everywhere here heavy with the yummy fruit. I am in fruit heaven!

We went to Bronte Beach where the waves were so intense that I almost lost my bikini read more

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Australia Day in Perth – Perth, Australia

Australia Day is quite the event in Western Australia. I had been told that it was a much bigger deal in Perth than anywhere else in Oz. I met up with virtuous Shannon and we secured a spot in a prime location front and center on the Esplanade. We discussed life (as usual) before Shannon went off to find the others.

I had some nice conversation with the little old man from Perth sitting next to me. I learned all about life in Western Australia and shared with him thoughts on traveling. I read more

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Beach Life on the West Side – Cottesloe, Australia

So the beach has seemly swallowed me up but I have dragged myself to a computer to give a quick update. I stayed in Perth city proper the first night and spent a long night at a bar/club drinking heaps of beer with hundreds of fellow backpackers at a place called the Office. Well, that is as close as I will get to an office for a very long time. The band was pretty good and we ended up dancing the night away with people from every country.

I made my way the next morning (still, no hangove read more

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Straight Across Australia (without my pack) – Perth, Australia

Slept in this morning but somehow made it to the airport on time. I am sure it was fully to do with Terry’s Indy 500 like driving. Anyway, some of my favorite Melbournians saw me off at the airport and it was all I could do not to just break down crying.

I boarded the plane and settled into the very small seats (Quantas) for the 4 hour flight. I had a nice conversation with Candy from SA who is also a world traveler but more so for work. At least the food was good although I know I bumped read more

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Birthday Present to Self: Extending Trip – Melbourne, Australia

Well its been Great! I am sad to be leaving Melbourne shortly but I have such wonderful memories. We have been to the zoo which was one of the best I have visited. The animals really look happy here. They make a huge effort to ensure that they are in their natural environment. I saw their plans for the new elephant park and it looks like it will be spectacular.

We also went to a club called Bubble which was as always, an experience. The special guest DJ Nik Fish didn`t even come on until read more

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