Hands down one of my favorite things to do in Manila is getting out of town. Once you get out of the metro, there are mountains to climb, waterfalls to explore, lakes to swim in, and beaches for beaching.
When a friend I met through Couchsurfing invited me to join in on a day trip and see these quintessential Australian creatures, I knew the moment had come.
The first sighting of European settlers in the Hunter Valley was in 1798 when a lieutenant drifted into the Hunter River in search of escaped convicts. While it is said that the region was named after Captain John Hunter, I'd say there's a good chance the colonists chose the name for how well it reflected… Continue reading Hunter Valley Wine Tour
Animals at Parc Merveilleux, Brunch at Le Paris, and Celts at Bealtaine.
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Standing on a riverbank inside Burgers' Zoo, it feels as though you've stepped right up to the edge of an African safari. Not long along, the zoo announced the birth of a baby rhino and from here we watched the stout little creature chase giraffes ten times its size: quite a spectacle for a random… Continue reading A Brisk Day at Burgers’ Zoo
I'm on my third trip to Australia in a year's time and, finally, I've experienced some genuine wild-wild-east, sun-blazed-and-blistering, cattle-trading outback vibes. I ended up on a long-train-ride journey out of Sydney to a somewhat random town in cow country, NSW. Fine, it wasn't random. What is that to you, anonymous reader? The cover photo of… Continue reading Wild Wild East