The infamous, lackluster Johnny Depp performance alerting the world to Australia’s biosecurity laws is comic, but the underlying message is no laughing matter. Since European settlement of the continent, there is an unfortunate history of introducing plant and animal species and disrupting its unique, natural ecosystems. From rabbits, foxes and cane-toads, to weeds, to bacterial and viral plagues, we have a history of importing pestilence into this isolated southern continent.
This is my first update since a hectic few weeks of packing up home, extracting our girls from school, and hitting the pause button on my work for a short time. Looking forward to 3 months of discovery and learning as a family. First observation – how amazing and liberating it feels to be on the road and immersed in nature, especially the vast, open, unpopulated expanses of inland Australia. And how much I’ve missed this feeling of simple, uncluttered freedom. Second observation – how privileged and thankful I feel to have this chance to enjoy the simple pleasures of natural environment with my family. Clear blue skies, fresh air, natural and unique flora and fauna, a sky full of stars at night are all writ large in our own backyard of Western Australia. Third observation – how unique it is in our modern, hyper-connected world to be able to get ‘off the grid’. Within an hour’s drive out of Perth, our mobile phone connectivity was already wavering, and by the end of our first week on the road, we have only had sporadic communication when passing through country towns. Stopped at Karijini national park for the […]
Christmas Day 2015. Day 165 since Le Conquet in France. 33 days remaining to reach our destination in Cape Leeuwin, Western Australia. We’re blessed to have made it through 6 months of travel, without major incident, in good health, and without any family breakdowns! We find ourselves in Chiang Mai, Thailand, staying in a beautiful heritage hotel, for some peace, quiet and much needed downtime from our time on the road. Most recently, we have completed our travels in Myanmar, covering some 1500km by road and rail through the countryside and rural villages of this beautiful country. We re-entered Thailand overland via Mae Sot, and fortunately managed to book up some lovely accommodation in Chiang Mai at the last minute, at the height of silly season. After a very hectic (but amazing) past two months, we’ve really been looking forward to put our feet up, to enjoy a quiet Christmas, to regroup, to reflect on the recent phases of our journey, and to think about the final month of travel ahead of us.
While Dubai was not on our original travel plans, when we decided to reroute our voyage after Iran towards India rather than Central Asia (more on that here), then Dubai became a convenient and welcome watering hole on our route eastwards.
We have just arrived in Dubai, staying with our dear friends Morgan and Levina, for a restful week and to catch our breath after a spellbinding two weeks travelling through Iran. Cécile and I are left almost speechless after one of our most memorable and original travel experiences.
While on the road for 6 months or more, in foreign countries where we do not speak the local language, we are often reliant on the kindness of strangers to help us resolve problems, big or small, and to keep us moving in the right direction.
One of my personal ambitions for this trip was to pay a visit to Gallipoli, in Turkey. It has been long on my travel wishlist and, with our route passing through Turkey in this the centenary year of the original Anzac landings in 1915, it was simply an opportunity I wasn’t going to miss.