Chinese Garden of Friendship, Sydney

Sydney’s Chinese Garden of Friendship

Derek Australia 24 Comments

From the above photograph, it might be difficult to believe that such a place exists, not in the lush countryside of China, but in the exact center of a city with over 4 million inhabitants. This is the Chinese Garden of Friendship, built in 1988 by the Chinese community of Sydney in cooperation with the community of Guangzhou, China, to …

Queen Elizabeth of Cunard Line

An Afternoon Meeting With A Queen

Derek Australia, Work & Travel 23 Comments

Walking down George Street towards Sydney’s Circular Quay, I stopped dead in my tracks the moment my eyes unexpectedly fell upon her. And before I was able to continue moving in her direction, I needed several deep breaths and a nod of reassurance from myself that I could handle being any closer. Only somewhat convinced that I would not break …

Jervis Bay Campsite

Camping, Kangaroos & A Fine Looking Teepee

Derek Australia 31 Comments

For the past two nights I slept in a teepee. This wasn’t any ordinary teepee either. It was the TeePee 2000, the mother of all modern day teepees, built with such skill and precision and with the comfort of potential inhabitants carefully considered with every stitch. A friend of mine here in Sydney told me the story of how he …

Trentham Farm

A Much Needed Visit To A Sheep Farm

Derek Australia, Perspectives 39 Comments

I’ve never considered myself to be a farm boy. After all, I didn’t grow up on a farm and in fact, the closest farm to where I did grow up was most likely over 100 miles away. And that’s just a guess because rarely did I find myself passing by or visiting a farm at all during my youth. However, …

Barossa Valley, Adelaide, South Australia

The Barossa Valley & A $975 Bottle Of Wine

Derek Australia 37 Comments

This post is a rare one for me, as it discusses something that I seldom do – take a tour. Yes, a tour, as in an organized excursion complete with vehicle, tour guide and a scheduled pick-up time. Ever since I began traveling, as far as I can remember, I’ve only participated in two fully-organized tours. And oddly enough, it …

Iraqi Dinars

How Much It Costs To Travel In Iraqi Kurdistan

Derek Iraq, Travel Costs 73 Comments

When it comes to travel in Iraqi Kurdistan (the semi-autonomous region of Northern Iraq), it can be quite difficult to gauge how much money a traveler would need for such a visit. There really isn’t much information to be found on the internet and as a result, even before I traveled there, I had no idea if this region would …

Surf Beach in Torquay

Travel Expectations Vs Reality

Derek Australia 45 Comments

How would you feel if you planned your dream trip to the Dominican Republic, flew to the Caribbean, spent ten incredible days on an island and only upon returning home, discovered that you had actually been on the island of Dominica? Would it affect what had been a memorable experience? Of course, I doubt that this scenario would really happen, …