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Solomon Islands By Boat

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Two divers; a father and son team, both daring and expert, pushing each other to test their limits. After diving to a depth of 80m to treasure-hunt a WWII German U-Boat wreck, both divers made horrible mistakes and succumbed to the bends, and promptly died agonising deaths. True story, the story of Chris & Chrissy Rouse, a story I was reading whilst on a father-son dive trip, living on a boat in the Solomon Islands. Good inspiration, I guess, for a dangerous sport? I was on a “liveaboard” cruise for ten days, with 13 others (aside…

Exploring Aitutaki – Cook Islands Part 4

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So, it’s been a long while since I’ve written about the Cook Islands, and it has been a while since I was last there. But! I still have a bit more to write about it, so here it is, finally. This is what we got up to for the rest of our stay on Aitutaki, the most beautiful island in the world. We hired a scooter from the nearby bar for $25 NZD / day. Pretty cheap. No helmets needed. Scooting around Aitutaki is a great experience. The wind in in your hair, and on the…

Tokyo is Yours

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Monocle Magazine (yeah, that’s right, I start off a post about the best city in the world with a reference to Monocle, whaddaya gonna do about it?) recently declared Tokyo, Japan, as the city with the best quality of life in the whole world for 2015. I haven’t lived there. So I don’t know. Perhaps I can’t pass judgement on this matter. One reason that Monocle seems to focus on is that Tokyo is a place that is not only great to live in, but is also a place that welcomes strangers into it’s chaotic rhythm without skipping a…

Guest Post – Ivan Does Tokyo

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This guest post is written by Ivan Langham, one of my fellow travellers on this most recent Japan trip, long time friend and talented graphic designer. Ivan & Matt had just returned from a brief sojourn to Seoul; here we find them reuniting with the rest of the squad for a few days of Tokyo madness. Enter Ivan. No trip to Japan is complete without a handful of action packed days exploring Tokyo. This was my second adventure to the bustling capital and by the end it was obvious that I still haven’t even scratched the…

Osaka & Nara

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Woke up, head pounding. Dizzy. Confused. Five hours sleep, max. After a huge day, flying from Sydney at 6am. Location; Shibuya, Granbell Hotel. Today we go to Osaka. What a night; that story perhaps another time. Suffice it to say karaoke was involved. We had purchased Japan Rail passes before we left Australia. These gave us access to all public rail on Honshu – most metro lines, as well as the shinkansen (bullet trains) between cities. So, we hopped on a train at Shibuya station around 10am bound for Osaka. These shinkansen run every twenty minutes,…

Okinawa Odyssey

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Okinawa was just what I needed. A gruelling two week whirlwind trip of Kansai and Tokyo had worn me out. I was coughing up sputum and dislodging orange-brown blockages from my sinus. The karaoke sessions in Shibuya and Shinjuku had not helped. Okinawa did help. On arrival & disembarkation the general steam of the Okinawan humidity started to clear me up. And it was hot. A hot, hot humidity. This, it must be noted, is my favourite weather. So I was forgetting my traveller’s illness already on the curb, trying to figure out how to get…

Kyoto by Cycle

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Recently I had the pleasure of doing something I did not ever think I would. I always knew that I would travel to many places, and perhaps stay in some of them for extended periods of time. However, I did not ever expect to return to a country for a tenth visit, ten consecutive years in a row. This year, I did just that. The country; Japan. Nippon. 日本. I could try and recount a chronological account of the trip, but I don’t want to do that. I want to treat each scene as it’s own chapter,…

Coogee

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I’ve got quite a growing collection of pictures of Coogee, my hometown in Sydney. Here are some I’ve taken recently.

Clovelly

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Here are a few photos I’ve taken of Clovelly Beach, Sydney lately. A beautiful little bay with concrete promenades on both sides and a narrow inlet of water to snorkel in. Probably one of the best places on earth.

Aitutaki Resort Life – Cook Islands Part 3

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I came to Aitutaki when I was a young boy – I don’t have conscious memory of it. That doesn’t mean I don’t remember it. That strange mixture of smells, colours, culture and language will always trigger subtle memories that you just can’t grasp. In my case, returning to Aitutaki was like returning to a timeless paradise. Like re-reading a novel and remembering the scenery. Flying down through the low clouds in an 8 seater twin propeller plane, a turquoise ring rises from the dark blue sea in the distance. Closer in, it’s revealed that the turquoise ring…