48792 km

And here are the travel statistics for round 3 of my journey.In total, I made another 48792 kilometers. This was the shortest and quickest round, lasting a mere 80 days! Here are the statistics for round 1 and round 2. Technically it was not a full circle, as I did not return to Cape Town, but Brussels being pretty […] Read More

Returning to South America

Time’s up for Australia, and I’ll head out of Sydney to Santiago today. Time flew, I can’t believe it has been 6 weeks in total…. Here are the details of the flight: Flight 43: Sydney to Santiago Date: 18/02/2015 Code: QF17 SYD to SCL Airline: Qantas Plane: Boeing 747 Distance flown: 7491 Miles Duration: 11h57 This flight holds […] Read More

Revival time

After meeting Cate yesterday in Canberra, it was time for another round of revivals. First, I met Angus again, whom I met in Melbourne last year and then on in Sydney. He was so generous to offer me a place to crash for the night, and we went out afterwards… … to meet Glenn, a […] Read More

Canberra war memorial

Every town in Australia has its war memorial, big or small, and the memories of the Great War are kept fresh, especially during the centennial. So I visited Australia’s official war memorial in Canberra, a bit up on the hill, overlooking the city and down Constitution Avenue, on the Old Parliament building, and the new […] Read More

Canberra

Day 3 of my trip up to Sydney. This time I went inland, and quickly up the hills, through a couple of green pastures… cows galore! Australia has always such a dry, arid image in my mind, I am surprised to find these lush, green spots. There were a couple of stops with walks through Rain forests, […] Read More

Eden, NSW

Finally, no rain! I left Lake Entrance quite early, and drove along the highway to Orbost, a bit inland, where I decided to make a little detour back to the coast and the small town of Marlo. There I had a quick breakfast and a very short stroll along the coast. The snowy river hits the […] Read More

Gippsland Lakes

After the endless rain, the sky was showing a small but growing hole with blue skies, so I drove over the 30 minutes to Metung, a tiny fishing village on the Gippsland lakes. I wanted to stay there initially but it was pretty much booked out – in my price class. I walked along the lake […] Read More

500 days

Today I am on the road for 500 days! Those special ‘anniversaries’ are always a good moment to look back at the road traveled so far… Especially on this day, as I am bidding farewell to Melbourne. Usually, I am pretty matter-of-fact on my travel days. No nostalgia, pack, taxi, airport, flight… Just – snap fingers – […] Read More

Melbourne street art

My friend Artur walked me through a number of Melbourne’s lanes in the CBD in the past weeks. Those lanes, often still surrounded by old, low brick buildings, tell about Melbourne’s past, but they are also the spots of its most vibrant life. Small back-alley bars, roof tops, cafés, etc… I’m glad they haven’t (yet) […] Read More

Bohemian Melbourne

More or less by accident I walked into the State Library of Victoria, and into the exhibition Bohemian Melbourne that is currently on display for free. It presented a rich overview of Melbourne’s bohemian life, from it’s early beginnings in the 19th century, especially after the gold rush brought in the money and the dandies, to […] Read More