Te Ika a Maui

Kia Ora!

I couldn’t come over to this part of the world and skip New Zealand. Since my last post, I have torn up the north island. Having just today, made the ferry crossing to the south island. I figured this was as good a place as any to make my next post.

New Zealand, as promised is unlike anyplace I have ever been, stunningly beautiful. Even with all the rain and clouds that would probably ruin it for most, I see nothing but beauty every where I look, “As you do”. The weather, making picture-taking challenging, here are a few for you to enjoy as I move on to exploring the south island. Sweet as!

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And that’s Australia.

On my final eve of what has been a great highlights tour, through a fair amount of places in about five weeks. The few little side-steps I have made will probably turn out to be the most memorable…

Sydney, Sydney in Brisbane.
and Melbourne, in different ways, you both stole my heart!
Great ocean road and the less than twelve apostles, stunning, didn’t see that coming.
Beautiful blonde Cairns, you will always be; bringing an old vision finally, to life!

Mardi Gras beginning, to the great reef finale. All that “Magic” packed throughout!
Knowing more magic is just ahead,
the nomadic ram roams on…

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Great Barrier Reef

Checking off another item on my bucket list, here are some pictures caught with the crappy underwater rented camera. However, these are all unedited. Another indescribable experience, you really have to do yourself to understand. Enjoy

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Melbourne & Great Ocean Road

For my next stop, Melbourne! This city captured my heart with it’s diversity and seemingly limitless things to do, places to go, not to mention the endless array of food options and great public transit. It is one of the few places in the world I felt as though I could stay for a very long time. I would say that to visit Australia and not see Melbourne is a complete waste of the trip.

Also from here I was able to explore the Great Ocean Road for a day, which was not nearly enough time. The coast line here is truly breathtaking! Additionally, I have to give a shout out to the Nunnery, the best hostel I have stayed at so far in my travels! Onward…

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Sydney!

Having made a big pond jump, I have landed in Australia. First stop: Sydney. This is yet another location (Australia) that has been on my bucket list for many years. The weather here has been mostly cloudy since my arrival, which hasn’t made for the best picture-taking. Sydney, for me, is a crazy busy place that reminds me a lot of the UK, with a splash of the US thrown in. The mix of old and new is breathtaking, if you take the time to have a look.

Additionally, I finally purchased a new camera, which has come with quite a learning curve. Most of the pictures I took at the Mardi Gras parade came out all blurry, so there aren’t any for me to share here. I am fixing to head back to the airport, excited to move on to another part of this continent. Although, I definitely feel as though I am leaving a piece of my heart here.

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San Francisco

Last stop before leaving the United States again, San Francisco. San Francisco is an amazing place that seems to defy description (so I won’t try), and most unlike anyplace I have ever been. The only memory I have of this area from childhood is driving down the “Crookedest” Lombard Street, however, this time I got to be the driver! I didn’t have nearly enough time to explore all the things to see and do here, but I did get some good pictures to share…

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A trip “home”

Another of my bucket list items has been to drive the Pacific Coast Highway. I have now completed the southern part of California up to Santa Cruz. (Gotta save some for next time) Also, I had to split off there to finally return to where I was born. Having been almost 30 years since being in the area, I decided it was time to go. Another bucket list item, because it’s a military base which requires me to have a “sponsor” to go, and until recently that was not a possibility.

It was quite an experience to see it all again, as an adult. It helped me understand where quite a few preferences come from in my life. and until now I never really knew, why some of those existed for me. While there were lots of changes that have happened I was surprised by how much was still the same. It was just a short trip, yet I gained so much from it, including a sense of “roots” that I never really had before. Still not enough to break the nomad in me though. Hang on to your hats boys and girls, more to come very soon!

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