30 September 2013

Melbourne: Alleyways and Fitzroy

After nearly four months in Darwin, I ventured from the safety of a tiny city where I knew the streets like the back of my hand(mostly because there are only three main-ish streets). There are few things scarier than leaving safety for adventure, and going from Darwin to Melbourne, has been a bit of a culture shock.

27 September 2013

Darwin- Outcasts and Markets

First of all Darwin is a city where 70% of the population are single men between 30 and 60. They work in the mines, the army or offshore. They're sexist, vulgar, wealthy and the most laid-back people you'll ever meet. They spend their fortunes on strippers, alcohol and drugs, and is part of creating the odd, slightly creepy ambience of Darwin.

13 September 2013

Gibb River Road

Gibb River Road, a 660 kilometer former cattle road running from Derby to the Kununurra and Wyndham junction, is closed during the wet season from November till April and is usually open between beginning of May depending on how heavy the rain has been during the wet season. All the roads were open when we arrived in mid-May.

8 September 2013

Windjana Gorge (and traveling with strangers)

After Broome we had a difficult decision to make. We had full rental insurance on our car, but it would not cover unsealed roads, and especially mentioned in the contract; Gibb River Road. In the end we somehow decided for it. Traveling through the Kimberleys was simply too exciting to give up.

5 September 2013

Broome- the town of Camels, Dinosaurs and Pearls

Sunset Camel ride on Cable Beach
Broome. The first civilized place after thousands of kilometers away from Perth. A town where you can ride camels on the beach in the sunset, play in the wild waves on Cable Beach or visit a Pearl Farm. A welcome break from the adventures of the Australian Outback.

3 September 2013

Eighty Mile Beach

There were plenty of beaches along the way, but only a few were memorable: Eighty Mile Beach makes me smile just thinking about it.

8 August 2013

Port Hedland- no place like it

The Port Hedland harbour
When we first started planning our trip we got advice from friends where to go and where to avoid. We were told that Port Hedland was a shit hole and that we should avoid it if possible. Of course when somebody told us where to not go, we just had to go there.

29 July 2013

Karijini National Park

From the blue waters of the Coral Coast we head inland to the Australian outback aiming for the Karijini National Park. Deep gorges, magnificent waterfalls, pools and lookouts make Western Australias next largest National Park nothing less than frighteningly beautiful. Most definitely one of the highpoints on the trip.

14 June 2013

Coral Bay and Cape Range National Park

Coral Bay
Coral Bay surprised me greatly. Again, I imagined a beautiful idyllic place with a white sand beach. Much like Monkey Mia it has been so exploited by tourism that what might have been a serene, idyllic spot for snorkeling and recreation, is now a place of two caravan parks, a resort, a hostel, supermarket and a lively sports bar. If you want to swim with whale sharks this is the place to do it, if you have $700 to spare.

11 June 2013

Fremantle to Darwin- The Pinnacles and Monkey Mia

The Pinnacles
As the dry season was about to commence up North, Darwin seemed a good choice to continue the travels. We decided to make a roadtrip out of it and see the most talked about attractions on the way. The Pinnacles, Monkey Mia, Coral Bay, Exmouth, Cape Range National Park, Karijini National Park, Broome, The Gibb River Road and Kakadu National Park.

30 April 2013

Mumbai- Slumdogs and Millionaires

When I saw "Slumdog Millionaire" in the cinema all those years ago, I immediately made my mind up: If India is that hardcore, I don't ever wanna go there, and especially not Mumbai. I would have to eat my words. Yes, "Slumdog Millionaire" is a great movie, but Mumbai(previously Bombay) is a whole lot more than a movie location.

22 April 2013

Hampi- treasures of a fallen Empire

Virupaksha Temple
A friend who travelled in India some years ago recommended Hampi village in Karnataka as an absolute must-see. I had therefore decided I would go there even before I landed on Indian soil. Amongst the ruins of a fallen Empire lies a cultural treasure that left me in awe.

18 April 2013

Munnar: Tea plantations and escaping wild elephants

After a few weeks as a beach bum, I felt like exploring something different. Always a huge fan of tea, I wanted to see a real life tea plantation. And the good news? It was only a really bumpy six-hour bus trip from Alappuzha. The hill station and surroundings of Munnar is so beautiful it's hard to fathom.

16 April 2013

Alappuzha- the Kerala backwaters

The most advertised activity in Kerala is a boat ride on the backwaters. The most popular city, because of its accessibility to the backwaters, is Alappuzha, a small, but friendly city. However, it wasn't the boat ride on the backwaters I enjoyed most. It was the friendly and relaxed atmosphere and the beautiful city beach.

15 April 2013

Kerala: Fort Kochi

No wonder Kerala has labeled itself God's Own country. It is the most educated state, the cleanest and has the highest quality of life than anywhere else in India. Kerala is rich in culture and traditions and has nature and beaches you can only dream of. The people are probably India's friendliest; warm and humble. But the most memorable experience of all? Travelling with a puppy.

26 March 2013

Heading south; Gokarna and not-so-Paradise-Beach

Travelling back in time in Bellekan
After ten great days in Goa, it was time to move on. Recommendations from other travellers, led us down towards the state of Karnataka and the village of Gokarna, more specifically Om beach.

15 March 2013

Delhi to Goa- a change of heart

After four days in Delhi(four days too long) I had a complete change of heart. I decided against spiritual guidance from Dalai Lama in the mountainous cold north in Dharamsala, for beautiful beaches, tropical climate and never-ending parties and sunshine in ambiguous Goa.