2007 - Adventure Down Under

November 21, 2007–February 13, 2008


December 8, 2007
Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand
It’s been a long 4 days since I arrived in Queenstown and this is the first chance I’ve really had to sit down on the internet. I arrived here on Tuesday evening, and this is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. The scenery is constantly awe inspiring. And it just doesn’t stop. I think I’ve seen the most amazing thing ever… Read more

Sydney Photos

December 4, 2007
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

...and then Justin Timberlake's band walked in...

December 3, 2007
Potts Point, New South Wales, Australia
I get off at King’s Cross station and start walking to the bar. There’s no sign out front, only an address next to the gate. I ring the doorbell, and the doorman comes to the gate. “Can I help you?” he says. “Is this T****?” I ask. (they like their anonymity, they don’t even have their address on their website). “Who invited you?” he responds. Once I said the right name… Read more

A Box of Goon

December 2, 2007
Bondi Beach, New South Wales, Australia
So “goon” is what you drink in the hostels here in Australia. It’s cheap box (“cask”) wine you pick up from the bottle shop. Something a little odd about that. But the great part of finishing a box of wine is that you get to wear it as a helmet afterwards. At least that’s what the girls did last night. I kind of wish I was still at that hostel. I arrived in Sydney yesterday morning and stayed i… Read more

It's Still Warmer than Lake Michigan

November 30, 2007
Lavers Hill, Victoria, Australia
The frigid waters depart Antarctica and arrives on the southern coast of Australia. And when it gets here, it’s still cold. During late spring and early summer, even when the weather calls for a swim, the water temperature might not. But since it’s winter in Chicago and summer here… Read more