Out and About in Brisbane

With the temperature forecast to hit 37 Celsius, I was loathe to venture from the suburbs into the city, but most of my four days spent in downtown Brisbane were rainy and I wanted to explore more of this great city. Brisbane is a smaller, more laid back city than Sydney at about half its…

Round the World What?

It’s a Round the World plane ticket and it’s a wonderful thing. While preparing for this trip I was asked many questions, but the most common question (other than, “are you excited” – which I will cover in a future post) was about the Round the World (RTW) plane ticket and how it works. A…

Bora Bora

The excitement for Bora Bora begins before boarding the plane to the renowned island. Those who have done their research know that the stunning views on approach are best from the left side. The queue at the gate starts early. The Polynesians are still sitting. They’ve seen the view before. Moments before the gate opens,…

Mo’orean Beach Odyssey

I could see it. Less than twenty kilometers from Tahiti, Mo’orea was on the horizon. Green and mountainous, it was to be my first real taste of French Polynesia. My layover at the Tahiti Airport Hotel didn’t count, but gave me eighteen hours to adjust to the heat and humidity. As I blasted the air…

A Taste of India

While exploring Auckland on my second day, I stumbled upon Auckland’s Diwali Festival. Diwali, also known as the “Festival of Lights”, is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs. I had a wonderful time watching the diverse entertainment from the many regions of India, eating delicious and inexpensive food (6 chili bites for $2.50CDN) and…

Auckland Spring

Better than Google Maps, Auckland’s Sky Tower offers a panoramic view of the city. From my 220m perch, I acclimated myself to this city of 1.3 million on New Zealand’s North Island. Situated on an isthmus between Manukau Harbour on the Tasman Sea and the Waitemata Harbour on the Pacific Ocean, Auckland was vibrant as…

Computer Says, “No, Mr. Terry.”

I proudly presented my passport to the Air Canada gate agent in Charlottetown. After many months of planning, I was finally starting my round the world adventure. “What flight are you on?” the agent asked after more keystrokes and time than should have been necessary. “Toronto,” I replied. I had never been asked this before…