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Birds, bats, and snakes

On two separate occasions we hired a driver to take us around the island and show us the sights. Our first few stops were a bird park and the bat temple.

Walking around Canggu

The area we stayed in Bali is named Canggu (chawn-goo) and is about an hour west of the island’s largest city of Denpasar (and the main airport). We were about…

Biking in Bali

One morning we booked a cycling tour around the northeastern part of the island. Yes, we know we’re not normally cyclists, but they provided the equipment and promised that most…

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

One of our last outings in Australia was to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary just south of Brisbane. The city bus ran right by our apartment and into the sanctuary…

Roma Street Parklands

Our favorite city park we’ve visited so far, Brisbane’s Roma Street Parklands is a combination of rain forest walk, manicured garden, social gathering place, and wildlife sanctuary. We toured the…

Around Brisbane

After leaving Melbourne we flew northeast to the Queensland capital city of Brisbane. We had originally planned to visit Perth on the western coast of Australia, but combined with the…

A road trip out to wine country

We rented a car one day and drove east of Melbourne to visit wine country and to see some nature. We went all the way out to Yarra Ranges National…

Around Melbourne

During our two weeks in Melbourne we got to see a lot of the central part of the city. We toured the Queen Victoria Market, ate some more good food…

Parliament and St. Patrick’s Cathedral

During our two weeks in Melbourne we spent most of our time touring the central business district and its environs. In one area just to the east of the CBD…

A trip to the Australian Open

When we first arrived in Melbourne we realized that we were going to be in town for the first week of the Australian Open tennis tournament. We checked online and…