The animals I have seen on the trip so far A – Ants: They are everywhere and I’ve seen three different types: normal ones (small black ones), small ones with a black head and a red body, and big ones with red body as well. Whenever we have a picnic, the ants would always take our crumbs! B – Birds: We saw thousands of birds at the Mornington AWC Sanctuary. There are 212 different species of bird in their property! At the Sanctuary, AWC looks after wildlife and they protect native species from feral cats and destruction of their habitat. We saw Whistling Kites (bird of prey), the rare Northern Rosella, Crimson Finches and Double-Barred Finches. We also saw a Bower Bird that steals things from people’s campsites to make its nest looks nice so that it can attract a mate. It even stole a metal teaspoon! Read more!
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. Read more!
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 […] Read more!
Dear family, dear friends, We’re firing up the EuroAustralis website once again, as the time has come to undertake another family adventure. This time it’s a lap of our home continent – or a half lap more accurately – to experience the country and culture of this vast, sunburnt land. Join us for our 2018 voyage of discovery: Australia. So rather than starting from scratch, we’re building on top of our previous website from our 2015 world travels. I hope this note finds you all well. Please check in here from time to time for our progress updates, pics and blogs. I will also post to my facebook and instagrams from time to time… for those that only live on the socials! So… what exactly is this all about? This… Cheers, Alan Read more!
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU! The highlight of our time in Myanmar was the opportunity to tie up with Daniel and the team from Child’s Dream, a charitable organisation focusing on education in the Mekong sub-delta region, and visit a couple of projects on the ground with them. It was incredibly instructive and enlightening visit, and it will remain a pivotal experience of this 7-month journey. Visiting Myanmar at this juncture in the political and economic history of the country was a perfect timing and quite an experience. Never before had Alan and I had such a vivid impression that the history was being written before our eyes. Read more!
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. Read more!
Our visit to Agra will remain a cherished memory and one of the highlights of our 7-month journey – however, not for the famous but tourist- and tout-infested Taj Mahal, but for an altogether more personal reason. For the past 15 years, I have been exchanging letters regularly – since she was 6 years old until now – with my Tibetan god-daughter, Tenzin. Despite the distance and this being our first contact in person, the connection was immediate, warm and genuine. It felt like a homecoming and finally meeting a cherished member of our family. This meeting was touching and inspiring, but also left me with a long-lasting sense of sorrow as I realised the extent of the hardships that the Tibetan people in exile have to face. Read more!
– Aquarium – at Dubai Mall was awesome and I liked buying candy at Candylicious next door! – Brown Bread Bakery – it has lots of bread! (in Varanasi, India) – camel – I like riding on camels. Read more!
It had been 3 or 4 years that Alan had talked about traveling to Iran and his suggestions were always met by a non-negotiable flat refusal on my side – such was the negative image I had of this country from the way it was depicted in the media. When we were working on our itinerary, Iran was clearly on the way and the enthusiasm of Yang, my dear and trusted colleague who had just returned from a trip there, had the better of my reserves and we decided to go. Read more!
During my trip so far, I have experienced lots of different modes of transport and I would like to share them with you. First, we flew from Hong Kong to London. After that, we took the Eurostar train from London to Paris. The Eurostar goes in a tunnel underwater. In Paris, we got a car that we drove in for 2 months across Europe. Read more!
Travel notes from our voyage across northern India, soaking up the colour, chaos and charisma of this diverse and ancient country, during the month of October 2015. Read more!
After a restful break in Dubai, we landed in Mumbai on October 2nd for 4 weeks in India. Alan had met Emily Harrison, founder of Innovaid, Read more!
Greetings from Agra, India, and the famous Taj Mahal! October 20, 2015 marks the half-way mark of our family odyssey from Europe to Australia. Read more!
I love taking pictures with my camera. I have picked a few of my favourite photos so far on my trip. Read more!