The previous episode ended with us saying our goodbyes to Erin’s dad at Bendigo train station, now it’s Wednesday evening and we’re on the way back into Melbourne for another go. It’s been nice having a few quiet days in the country but we’re ready for a bit more hustle and bustle again.
Continue reading Melbourne: Part Deux
After the busy tourism-filled days of Sydney and then the ~22 mostly-awake hours in Melbourne it was time for some downtime – we were on a train to the countryside on Sunday afternoon to spend a few days with Erin’s dad and stepmother. This section of the trip condenses quite well into a single post as it really was some well-needed relax time.
Continue reading Back out to the Outback
Saturday morning dawns and again we’re up early – 7am. While Erin doesn’t leave until tomorrow my flight to Melbourne is this afternoon; I had changed it to make the stag do for the wedding we’re going to next week. That means we have a few hours to fit some stuff into and the plan is to have a look around an island in Sydney Harbour, Cockatoo Island.
Continue reading Finishing Sydney, Fly-By of Melbourne
Friday morning we’re up and about at 8am. Our first post-flight sleep has gone pretty well for me – I got all the way to 7.30 – and slightly less well but still not too bad for Erin, who woke at 4. I’ve got a slightly weird adversarial relationship with my body (as demonstrated by the walking last week!) where I ignore what it’s telling me and force it to do stuff anyway. It’s not really a good thing but it does work out quite well for handling jet lag; I’m declaring victory already, 24 hours in. Timezones, you will not defeat me!
Continue reading Sydney: Getting all Manly
Note: I originally thought I’d be able to batch the various parts of the Australia trip into multi-day-spanning posts, but it turns out that we packed quite a lot into both the traveling and the first day in Sydney. I’ll probably manage it better for future days!
Continue reading Sydney: jet lag and food orgasms
Landed back from Istanbul on Sunday, took off for Australia on Tuesday evening; it’s a pretty busy period for me. Erin even gets to come along this time!
Continue reading Australia: It’s (not) all about the journey
I wanted to put up a short post with some final thoughts on Athens and Istanbul and the whole experience. It’s now Friday and I arrived back in the UK from Istanbul last Sunday but I’ve since traveled to Australia so it’s been hard to find the time to do that! Also, sometime a bit further down the line (at this point we’re probably talking in a month’s time) I’ll go through the many pictures I took and post a selection of the best/most meaningful rather than the somewhat random selection I posted day by day.
Continue reading Istanbul and Athens: final thoughts
Last full day in Istanbul, last full day of the holiday. I’m (again!) intending for this to be a more relaxing day than previous days, let’s see how that works.
Continue reading Istanbul Day 4: Miscellany
After yesterday’s epic effort I’m after a slightly easier day today. My legs and muscles are definitely feeling the effects of the exertions. If any proof is needed, I actually slept all the way until my alarm at 8.30 this morning!
Continue reading Istanbul Day 3: Asia
This day may have broken me. Or made me stronger. Certainly one or the other, only time will tell! But let’s not get ahead of myself…
Continue reading Istanbul Day 2 – mega-sightseeing day