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Monthly Archives: September, 2010

Farewell Syria

Although I have only had a week in Syria, the country has made quite an impression on me. Kind people, magnificently old ruins, rich foods, deep traditions and desert sands … Continue reading

September 29, 2010 · 1 Comment

The Sands of Palmyra

Nothing quite compares to sitting at the top of a second century Greco-Roman amphitheatre in the middle of the Syrian desert with only the hot wind and red sands for … Continue reading

September 27, 2010 · 3 Comments

Learning Through The People Of Syria

Every new country presents a new set of customs, cultural understandings and practical circumstances. Learning a country – the people, the values, the plumbing – is one of the things … Continue reading

September 24, 2010 · 3 Comments

Not So Connected In Syria

Just a quick note to thank you all for reading and let you know that internet is not as readily available in Syria as in Europe. I will still be … Continue reading

September 23, 2010 · Leave a comment

Souqs, Citadels and Syrian Sandals

Syria is lovely: the people smile, welcome you and show you around; the food is fresh and rich in flavour; the hot air is thick with humidity (just how I … Continue reading

September 23, 2010 · Leave a comment

First Impressions of Syria

I was surprised to see the great expanse of lights below as the plane descended towards Aleppo. In my mind, the old city was expected to be smaller, less illuminated, … Continue reading

September 23, 2010 · Leave a comment

Exploring Taksim

The day after I post my jeans and jumpers home, the temperature in Istanbul drops from 35 to 20 degrees Celsius. But that is okay, the cool air has been … Continue reading

September 21, 2010 · 1 Comment

Surviving The Mysterious, Inevitable Travel Sickness

After a twelve hour journey from Denizli to Istanbul (two buses, a tram and a long, hot walk), I spent yesterday in various states of laziness. Being the kind of … Continue reading

September 21, 2010 · 2 Comments

The Road To Denizli

I am sitting in Denizli Otogar (bus station) drinking free tea while waiting for an overnight bus back to Istanbul. I have had a day of relaxation, an evening of … Continue reading

September 20, 2010 · 2 Comments

Skimming the Turkish tourist trail

Just a quick update tonight… My eyes are heavy after a long, hot day skimming the tourist highlights around Selcuk: Ephesus, Artemis’ Temples, the Ephesus Museum and the local markets. … Continue reading

September 18, 2010 · Leave a comment

Peace and War

Looking out over the peaceful Aegean Sea from Anzac Cove, it was hard to imagine the site once hosted such bloodshed and violence. Small white tablets and rosemary bushes dotted … Continue reading

September 17, 2010 · Leave a comment

Braving the Bazaar

I am exhausted (and a little broke) after a day in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. After a hardy hostel breakfast (three black olives, one slice of tomato, a knob of cucumber, … Continue reading

September 16, 2010 · Leave a comment

Naked In Turkey

I’ve never felt so clean or smooth in my life. For two hours this evening I was soaked and steamed and scrubbed and rubbed (for the bargain price of 50 … Continue reading

September 15, 2010 · 9 Comments

The Colours Of Turkey

I am brimming with impressions of colourful Turkey. After a full day in Turkey, I am now feeling the culture shock I missed when first arriving in Europe. Istanbul is … Continue reading

September 14, 2010 · Leave a comment

Tea In Turkey

Within moments of touching down in Turkey I was overwhelmed by a good feeling. It was one of those mysteriously positive, hopeful, excited feelings. I had already met one Turkish … Continue reading

September 13, 2010 · 1 Comment

The Two Week Mark: Croatia

Thinking back over the last fourteen days, I am amazed to think of how many places I’ve already seen and experienced. To be honest, the whole idea of travelling to … Continue reading

September 13, 2010 · 1 Comment

Homesick By The Seaside

So it’s day thirteen of the overseas adventure and my initial burst of wanderlust is waning under physical exhaustion and the logistics of solo travel. After a rough night sleep … Continue reading

September 13, 2010 · Leave a comment

Meeting Crazy

By 9am yesterday morning I was on a bus winding along the Croatian coast to Korcula Island. Rocky hills undulated along the seaside, hiding quaint red-roofed towns that seemed to … Continue reading

September 11, 2010 · Leave a comment

Adriatic Relaxation

I am sitting on a third floor balcony watching the sun set over the Adriatic. Pink light bounces off the sea of red roofs that line Dubrovnik’s port. A gentle … Continue reading

September 9, 2010 · 2 Comments

The Man With The Bolt Cutters

You’ll never believe it! Best blunder of my trip so far… After a relaxing dinner of anchovy risotto and red wine, with a side of people watching, I returned to … Continue reading

September 8, 2010 · 2 Comments

A day in the life of a train traveller…

I watched the sun rise over Prague this morning as I made my way by taxi to the central train station. The gold orb ascended into purple sky over mist … Continue reading

September 7, 2010 · 2 Comments

10 Things I learnt in Prague

While the Australian tongue is not very well equipped for Eastern European languages, I have learnt it is best just to give it all you’ve got when trying to communicate … Continue reading

September 6, 2010 · 2 Comments

Travel Mode – Czech

My cheeks are flushed from the cool Prague air and the taste of eggnog ice cream still lingers on my tongue as we walk ‘home’ from Kobylisy metro. My body … Continue reading

September 5, 2010 · Leave a comment

Lost in the land of Prague

After my awe inspiring train trip into the Czech Republic yesterday, I commenced a crash course in finding my way in Prague. First there was finding which of the three … Continue reading

September 4, 2010 · 2 Comments

This is what wonder feels like

It seems the world is much more romantic when viewed through a train window. As I ride from Berlin to Prague, I am overcome with a warm, fuzzy kind of … Continue reading

September 3, 2010 · 1 Comment

Gluten-full Germany

So I have heard that there are others in this great world of ours who physically reject gluten as I do… perhaps not in Germany though? No, seriously, while I … Continue reading

September 2, 2010 · 1 Comment

Berlin in a picture

My eyes are full after a day of exploring the grungier side of Berlin. The streets are alive with the colours of protest, expression and passion, as art dances across … Continue reading

September 2, 2010 · Leave a comment

Symbols of Turmoil and Tolerance

Day one in Berlin, I thought it fitting to tour some of Berlin’s many symbols on the free (with tips) Berlin Walking Tour. Approximately three hours with an English-speaking guide, … Continue reading

September 2, 2010 · 1 Comment

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