Crow Attack

I like to think that I get along with most animals and I have found that, generally speaking, my furred and feathered neighbours tend to avoid interaction with me. So, being verbally and physically attacked by a crow yesterday came as quite a shock. I was walking across a parking lot on my way to … Continue reading

Andrea’s Weekend in the Land Down Under (2016) – Broadbeach Blues Festival

Who would dream that a little girl from a mining town in Northern Ontario, Canada would one day be able to jet off for the weekend to Australia? Thanks to my friend Lori, I was introduced to Airbnb, Surfer’s Paradise, and the Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival on the Gold Coast of Queensland. Calling this … Continue reading

Andrea’s Adventures in the Land Down Under (2014) – Melbourne

My journal entry for 03 November 2014 reads, “I am sitting in Perk Up Burgers on De Graves Street which is really more of a back alley or lane than a street. I was supposed to be on a wine tour but the Wine Guys didn’t show up. The funny thing was that an Asian … Continue reading

Andrea’s Adventures in the Land Down Under (2014) – Road Trip

I spent Sunday, the 2nd of November 2014 on the Firefly coach from Adelaide, South Australia to Melbourne, Victoria.  The 725 kilometres takes approximately 8 hours or longer depending on how many stops you make and how long your breaks are.  For those in a hurry, there are 19 flights daily that take about an hour … Continue reading

Andrea’s Adventures in the Land Down Under (2014) – Adelaide

31 October 2014 – Adelaide was sort of the ‘wild card’ for this trip because I didn’t know anything about this city in the state of South Australia. I only decided to go to Adelaide because that is the terminus for the Ghan; if the train ran from Alice Springs to Melbourne, I would never … Continue reading

Andrea’s Adventures in the Land Down Under (2014) – The Ghan

As I was walking, trailing my suitcase, from the Desert Rose Inn to the Alice Springs train station on the 30th of October, 2014, a young woman approached me and asked if I was looking for the Ghan, which I was.  I had seen its distinctive, red locomotives from the top of Anzac Hill, so … Continue reading

Andrea’s Adventures in the Land Down Under (2014) – Alice Springs

Exactly half way between Adelaide and Darwin lies Alice Springs, Northern Territory.  It is, without a doubt, a desert town. Lots of aborigines can be seen on the streets and there are loads of birds. I also saw a pool cleaning robot – no kidding!  When it would surface, its wheels made a squeaking noise … Continue reading

Andrea’s Adventures in the Land Down Under (2014) – Mount Conner

This part of my Australian adventure actually began, like so many of my adventures do, in a bar. My journal entry for the 22nd of October 2014 is ” I am sitting in the departure lounge awaiting flight QF36 bound for Melbourne. The last time I took a Qantas flight was about 12 years ago … Continue reading

Andrea’s Adventures in the Land Down Under (2014) – Uluru Sunrise and Tjukurpa

28 October 2014 – In order to watch the sunrise at Uluru, I was awake at 4 AM to catch the tour and I had bought a breakfast box at the hotel to bring along. While watching ‘the Rock’ materialize out of the pre-dawn twilight, I ate the small croissant, the top of the blueberry muffin, and … Continue reading

The Ghost of Christmas Past

Monica retrieved this Christmas newsletter that I sent to her 17 years ago. I am going to share it with you verbatim. MERRY CHRISTMAS 1999 Greetings to all, This is my second attempt at an annual newsletter. Unfortunately, I don’t have wonderful tales of travel and adventure to share. I lived the ‘high life’ in … Continue reading