Tasmania – Devilishly good!

Note: This is part 1 of a 2 part article. It covers the North Coast and Cradle Mountain National Park. Part 2 will feature the East Coast, Hobart and the Huon Valley. In 2000 I spent three months working in Tasmania and was fortunate to enjoy a few weekends exploring the capital city, Hobart, and places further…

Annual year-end review of books on the night stand

Another year is nearly over and the rotating door for books that is my night stand is sporting a lovely and mostly new crop.  A few of them are travel guides recently borrowed from the library and some of them were on the night stand last year, but are at least started. Some from last…

That was the year that was – 2010

How lucky am I that last year, 2010, was one of mostly ‘highs’ for me.  Even some of the lows brought unexpected moments of bitter-sweet melancholy. And that’s a good thing in my book.  The idea that we must always be happy is such a western concept. Times of sober pensiveness are important aspects of…

Desperately seeking downtime

Another day of work (Wednesday) then we are off to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast for 5 nights.  A quick break to make a long overdue visit with Roo’s mum and a chance to not have home chores to occupy us.  It’s all work lately and my body threw a fit last week.  A bit of R&R…

San Pedro de Atacama, Peru – 6 May 2009

Hola Chicos! Well, we got to San Pedro de Atacama on Sunday night and checked into a quite unexpectedly cool accommodation…A mud brick little private cottage! The town is all made of adobe and with no measurable rain in the last few years is unlikely to wash away. We are at 2400 metres altitude in…

Santiago Chile – 3 May 2009

We are in Santiago and getting ready to fly to San Pedro de Atacama (Calama) this arvo.  Our flight from Mendoza to here was canceled as it is a small airport with  no health screening facilities for the Swine Flu.  So we had a fantastic bus ride during daylight hours over the Andes!  It was…

Mendoza Argentina – 29 April 2009

First let me apologise for my typing on a spanish keyboard with different characters and some of the letters worn off! Greetings from Mendoza Argentina, wine country. The vuelta de empanada continues.  We would like to say we have not had a day without an empanada but that would probably be false. However some days…

3 weeks and one day ago

That’s a sad sight for a wannabee blogger. It’s too late now to add much, except to say that we have been away. I had limited internet access while away as we stayed in a cabin on a hill near Apollo Bay and spent our days hiking to waterfalls and admiring the scenery along the…