Posts Tagged "disappointments"

Thinking about Koala’s Backpackers? Think Again.

Posted by on Feb 21, 2009 in Australasia, Australia, Thoughts on Life | 2 comments

Thinking about Koala’s Backpackers?  Think Again.

If you are thinking about taking a self drive 4×4 tour to Fraser Island and wondering who to go with, I would think twice about booking through Koala’s Backpackers in Hervey Bay. Our trip was fun – the 4×4 was sketchy but roomy, our fellow travellers were great company and for the most part the provided gear worked (make sure to check your ground sheet for holes before you set off!) – but the staff at Koala’s really are terrible and I would recommend going elsewhere. Here is the letter of complaint I sent back in January and didn’t ever receive a...

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Obamamania

Posted by on Jan 5, 2009 in Africa, Kenya | 0 comments

Obamamania

We bid Africa farewell from Kenya, a very exciting place to have been on November 4th and 5th. All through East Africa we had encountered Obamania but it reached another level when we crossed the border to Kenya, this may have been because we arrived only 5 days before the American election! We awoke early on our last day in Africa to watch the results in a bar/restaurant full of Kenyan guys who cheered their way through most of the morning and would hug or high-five anyone who passed by. We watched Obama’s victory speech on CNN with these guys and they declared “Yes We...

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Two Stops in Tanzania

Posted by on Nov 16, 2008 in Africa, Tanzania | 2 comments

Two Stops in Tanzania

Like I mentioned in my last post, our introduction to Tanzania was a long bus ride between the Zambian border post and Dar es Salaam (a great way to spend my 26th birthday… or not). We were also taken aback by the difference in personality between Zambians and Tanzanians – rather than wanting to help us the Tanzanians looked at us as though we were big, fat dollar signs. We spent only a few days in Tanzania, most of them in transit, four in Zanzibar and one in Moshi. Accordingly, we didn’t have enough time to really pass judgment on the country as a whole, but it was...

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Croatia: Highlights and Lowlights

Posted by on Aug 7, 2008 in Croatia, Europe & The Mid East | 2 comments

Croatia: Highlights and Lowlights

First let me apologize for the delay – I’ve been on vacation from traveling and accordingly the blog has fallen by the wayside. As some readers may know I left London on July 19th to come home for “wedding season:” three close friends had or have weddings on July 19th, July 26th and August 9th! Spending three weeks at home gave me the chance to celebrate with them and to spend some time at the lake with my family. Jon stayed in the UK and saw Ireland and Scotland before he flew to Toronto this past Tuesday in order to be a groomsmen in one of his closest...

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Unfortunately I Was Not Detained in Athens

Posted by on Jul 12, 2008 in Europe & The Mid East, Greece | 0 comments

Unfortunately I Was Not Detained in Athens

With our scrapes and bruises we boarded an overnight ferry, Santorini to Athens. While an overnight cruise on the Mediterranean may sound romantic, I can assure you that sleeping on the floor in between a row of airplane-like seats is far from idyllic. Waking up at 5:30am to cigarette smoke and crying babies, we began our venture into Athens. We dumped our big bags at the backpackers hostel, began recovering from the realization that it would cost 25 euro per person, per night to stay in a sweaty 8-person dorm (prior to this, the most we paid was 30 euro total per night for a private...

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