Around the world… and home

Almost a year away from home.

We’re home!  After just 24 days less than a year away from home, we’re back.  According to the airline, we flew 29,000 miles, from Boston to Paris to Bangalore to Sydney to Auckland to Fiji to Charleston to Boston, not to mention all the layovers in between.

It’s nice to be back, although a little strange.  The house is pretty much the same, though I now see it through different eyes.  It seems huge, and we seem to have so much stuff.  The cat recognizes us, and seems to he happy that we’re back.  We’re buried in boxes, having shipped home almost two dozen bags and boxes as well as the 10 checked and 6 carry-on bags we brought with us (and which, believe it or not, I managed to fit into my Prius along with all five of us, to get home from the bus stop.)

I’m not sure I’ll be adding much to this blog for a while. I think it will be nice to not be traveling.  If I find some time, I might dig through some of the videotape I shot while in India; although I focused most on still photos, some of the videos might be fun.  


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South Pacific favorites

A dozen favorite photos from each place.

For those readers – if I have any – who may have been overwhelmed by all the albums I’ve been posting in recent weeks (I know I have!), this blog entry is for you.

I selected a dozen favorite photos each from AustraliaNew Zealand, and Fiji, for your viewing pleasure.  Well, actually, New Zealand’s “dozen” has 15 photos, because I could not bear to part with any of them. 

The index page also provides links to the start of each country’s visit.


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Great Ocean Road and Melbourne

The Great Ocean Road along the South Ocean coast west of Melbourne.

From Kangaroo Island and South Australia we headed east along the coast.  After an overnight in Portland, we hugged the coastline along the Great Ocean Road [map location]. This 243km road hugs the rugged limestone coastline of South Australia and Victoria, connecting the seashore villages along the Southern Ocean coast west of Melbourne. Read on!

Muttonbirds migrate 30,000km between here and Alaska, every year. Australia Great Ocean Road.
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South Australia and Victoria

We drove through parts of South Australia from Adelaide down to Kangaroo Island, then eastward to Victoria and the Great Ocean Road.

Bleasdale, one of the oldest businesses in Australia. We loved their Malbec.

We drove the Fleurileu Peninsula from Adelaide down to Cape Jarvis for the ferry to Kangaroo Island, and then after returning from the ferry back up the peninsula and around the jagged coastline toward the state of Victoria.  The rolling hills of this part of South Australia are all farmland, mostly sheep and cattle but as you go east there is one vineyard after another.  We stopped at the oldest vineyard, Bleasdale, for some samples and soon came away with several bottles of their excellent Malbec.

I could not begin to capture the grandeur of such a big landscape, but I put a few photos in an album.

Often, though, it was pasture and hills as far as you could see. South Australia.

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Kangaroo Island

We spent two days but should have spent a week!

Kangaroo Island is a large island off the coast of South Australia, roughly south of Adelaide [location].  It has small villages – perhaps 4,500 year-round residents farming, working in the national parks, or in the tourist industry – and a lot of wildlife.  We saw kangaroos, fur seals, sea lions, koalas, birds, and a lot of beautiful bushland. Read on and check out the photos!

Kangaroos on Kangaroo island, Australia. They let us get very close, but watch us closely.
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Adelaide, Australia

We spent a lot of time with the animals in Adelaide.

Qantas Airlines took us across the corner of the continent from Sydney to Adelaide, a pretty city in the center of the southern coast [location].  It is winter now, of course, and so the weather is cool and rainy.  The upside is that everything is green and lovely; otherwise, they’ve had a drought for several years and everything was brown.  For the most part, the rain hasn’t dampened our activities. Read on, and see the photos.

Mara snuggles a koala in Adelaide, Australia.
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Touring the South Pacific

We’re off to Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji.

After spending nine months in India, hey, why not keep on going around the world? So, we’re spending two weeks in Australia, two weeks in New Zealand, and 10 days in Fiji before returning to the US.  See map; our tour of Australia includes Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, and the south-east coast.


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Departure

From Bangalore to Sydney via Singapore.

The monsoon arrived in Bangalore, and we left five minutes later.  Or, at least, so it seemed as we struggled to load all our baggage into the taxi during a torrential downpour. It was a bittersweet ending; we are sad to leave India, though excited to begin the next leg of our travels. Read on…

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