Andrea’s Adventures in the Land Down Under (2014) – Return to Oz

Twelve years after my first trip to Australia, I received an invitation to attend my friend’s wedding.  I think that weddings are one of the best excuses to travel (not that I really need an excuse) and I was delighted to find out that the wedding was taking place in a part of Australia that I … Continue reading

Andrea’s travels in the Land Down Under (2002) Part 2

In my last post, I shared the May 2002 edition of the Yamagata Monthly.  Here is the June 2002 edition: Reefs & Rainforests, Beaches & Billabongs Part Two Akiko and I flew from Sydney to Cairns in Queensland.  We were picked up at our hotel the following morning by Dave, who was to be our guide … Continue reading

Andrea’s travels in the Land Down Under (2002) Part 1

Now that I have finished writing about my trip to Turkey, I thought I would write about my travels in Australia, and the best place to start a story is at the beginning. It was April 2002 and I was living in Japan and my good friend Akiko was living in Australia. At that time … Continue reading

The King & I : a Fond Farewell

Unlike Anna Leonowens, I never got to dance with the King of Thailand. In fact, I never even met him. But when I read that King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, one of the longest-reigning monarchs in history, died at age 88, I was saddened. He was beloved by the people of Thailand and when I … Continue reading