June 2014

10 posts

Heinrich isn’t a fan of organized tours. Still, every trip, he concedes to a few day trips. As our unofficial travel agent, this is a huge relief for me, as it ensures that for these days, I don’t have to do as much background research (I can sit back and listen to someone else tell …
So, Geikie Gorge had been a bust. Tunnel Creek was only 117 km away, and this was one thing I had really wanted to see. One road leading to it was definitely off-limits, but the list was a little more vague about the other road that led to it, so I figured this was our …
So, the next day, we hopped into our Xterra and headed out with high hopes. Perhaps the roads weren’t so bad. After all, the dry season had just begun (the dry season in the Broome region is supposed to be from April to September), and many roads had recently been reopened. We decided to drive …
The next morning, we were up early for the continental breakfast at the hotel before heading to the airport to board our flight to Broome (via Perth). It started out as a typical breakfast at the hotel restaurant. I filled a small plate with cut-up fruit, while Heinrich patiently waited for his bread to finish …
Energized by the Tim Tams and Cadbury Fingers we’d put away while watching the sun rise (whoops), we decided to walk the 10.6 km path around the base of Uluru. Even the early morning sun brought with it a promise of impending heat, so we thought it best to fulfill our exercise quota early in …
The next morning, we snuck out of the room at 4 a.m. We didn’t get the chance to meet our two roommates, as they got in after we had fallen asleep and were still asleep when we left. This happens to me every time I share a room with strangers when travelling (for some reason…). …
Because of the royal visit, the only non-tent accommodation in Yulara (the only “town” near Uluru) was almost entirely booked, and I was only able to book us beds in a four-bed dorm room with a shared bathroom. The last time I had shared a room with strangers was during my last trip to Australia, …
After a short layover in Sydney, our first stop in Australia was Ayer’s Rock (somehow, it was cheaper to fly right into Ayer’s Rock than to fly there from elsewhere in Australia). Heinrich had desperately wanted to see Ayer’s Rock and experience the true outback. So we flew farther and farther inland, past the wooded …
It snowed the day we left for Australia. Fluffy, round, Styrofoam-like snowflakes swirled around me as I trudged through the spring mud to the car, struggling with the awkward bulk of my turquoise suitcase. Springtime has always been my least favourite season in rural Alberta. Mother Nature straddles the seasons, giving us above-zero temperatures (during …
The celebratory fireworks gilded the Berlin sky in glittering gold. It was a new year, full of promise and hope. And by the looks of things, it was bringing with it endless prosperity and beauty. I closed my eyes for a moment, as the fireworks were lit with increasing frequency. Bang, whistle, BOOM—bang, whistle, BOOM! …
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