A Month around Hobart

We didn’t spend an exceptional amount of time in Hobart, but I could certainly see myself returning. What a picturesque city! Its population is just 215,000, about half the population of Tasmania. And it’s settled right on the harbor, where ever curve you come around results in this majestic view of homes nestled in the hills, perched…

1 year ago

A Few Days in Sydney

So, well, Sydney is awesome. Unless you ask John about traffic. Then Sydney is awful and terrible and the worst ever. So, yes, Sydney’s traffic is intense. But if you ask me, other than traffic, I was pleasantly surprised by the place. We lucked out with our AirBnB – it had a fantastic location right in the heart of Newtown. When I went to the pie shop – it had a PIE shop – and requested a vegan pie, the employee asked, “Which one?” Because…

1 year ago

A Beautiful Afternoon at the Meiji Shrine

On day five of our Tokyo trip, Reva and I decided to split up for an afternoon of solo adventuring. She headed to an onsen (natural hot spring baths), and I went off to Meiji shrine. Most onsens do not allow people with tattoos to bathe due to fear of gangsters, so it wasn’t much of an option for me. So after…

2 years ago

Taking Trains + Missing Flights

We’ve just returned from eight nights in Tokyo, and we had a fantastic time! We were fortunate enough to be able to stay with family friends outside the city – they gave us a great insider’s view of the sights and transport around the city. We also have another friend who lives in the city and was able to meet with us for dinner one evening. She answered all our questions about cultural differences and…

2 years ago

A Weekend In Toowoomba

Last weekend we drove two hours inland to visit the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers with my great aunt and uncle. It is a fairly small town, quite charming. It’s the “big town” for a lot of the nearby agricultural areas. There are lovely…

2 years ago

A Morning at Mt. Coot-tha

Well, we’ve landed! The dreaded 14-hour flight turned out to not be too bad. By sheer coincidence, we were lucky enough to visit John’s cousin Graham on Thursday before we left the States; he was flying through Atlanta with a layover just long enough for dinner and a chat. He gave us the advice to just sleep the whole way from LAX to Brisbane. No screens, just a glass of wine or two at dinner, and we were unconscious off…

2 years ago

A Couple Hours at the Tucson Botanical Garden

Our first evening, after the temperatures had dropped a bit, we ventured across Martha’s neighborhood to the Tucson Botanical Garden. It was quite an evening for it – they stay open late on Thursdays during the summer, and they allow pets during certain times over the summer. So, we packed up a picnic dinner…

2 years ago