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Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in AFaS, Australia, Oceania

Quintessential Whitsunday Tourist

Whitsunday Islands Australia-21

My hand grasped the rope in a death grip. I sat side-saddle on the rubber boat, with the salty ocean water spraying my face, obscuring my view, as I was jostled forcefully with every new wave the boat surpassed. My hair snaked across my face uncontrollably in the wind, and with each determined flick of my head, seemed to tangle further. Why was today the only day I didn’t bring a hair tie? But as I stared out the islands dotting my view and my stomach clenched yet again, I knew it was the perfect blend of both fear and adrenalin. This was the way to enjoy the Whitsunday Islands.

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Posted by on Sep 16, 2013 in AFaS, Australia, Oceania

When Aussi Dreams Come True: Kangaroos & Koalas

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary GC Australia-5

Most people have similar notions about what they want to do in Australia. Visit Sydney Harbour, Dive the Great Barrier Reef, and Roadtrip through the Outback. My expectations were a little less city oriented and a little fuzzier – I wanted to Cuddle a Koala and Hug a Kangaroo. And guess what? All my Aussi dreams came true at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Posted by on Sep 2, 2013 in AFaS, Australia, Oceania

Budget Extremes: Meet the Noodle Girls


I always say I love to budget. But I wouldn’t call myslf cheap. I spend where I want for some luxuries and skimp on other things I see as unnecessary or a rip-off. I always eat fairly well while trying to find a discount and limit activities according to what I can afford. But what about when budgeting goes too far?

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Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in Australia, Oceania

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Rain by George Hodan

Rain by George Hodan

As I sat on my top bunk in my 6 bed dorm, staring at the television playing Fringe with my 5 roommates, I couldn’t help but feel relieved. As the rain continued to thrash the window and the wind continued its test of elasticity of the palm tree trunks outside, I knew that it would end soon. I knew that the last two days I spent harried and frazzled in the midst of the flooding evacuation were but another story to tell; No longer a threat.

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