18 Mar I’m Back Due to High Demand…Updates From Madrid
Perth was my first stop to see Zoe. It’s a nice, clean city with some really sweet beaches. From Perth I did a quick stop in Sydney then I went to a place I’ve been wanting to go for a very long time, Uluru or Ayers Rock. It’s a huge rock formation in the center of Australia. I ended up doing two sunrises and two sunsets while there. A truly incredible place and so glad I went. Sydney was my next stop for about a week. I was in Sydney back 2001 and it just seemed smaller to me but this time but it’s massive as far as land mass goes. I stayed in Bondi by the beach for two days with all of the pretty peole. Weather was perfect and then on to Sydney again and stayed downtown. Weather was not so good for me there, lots of rain and clouds. I did meet up with some friends that were also in Sydney, all from RY, (are you seeing what’s happening here to me with RY? I now have people all over the world) we went to the Mardi Gras Parade which is a huge Gay Pride parade in Sydney, the countries largest by far. I ended up photographing the event for a friend I met in Croatia when I did Sail Croatia, she lives in Sydney. A big take away for me about Australia is that things are expensive especially traveling though South East Asia then to Australia. Drinks are $20, beers are all over $10, every meal is over $40 and if you smoke-forget it, $30 a pack! (All in Aussie Dollars).
Melbourne was another city I’ve been too back in 2001. I had no intentions to go back this time but a friend told me about the Great Ocean Road. The highlight is to see the Twelve Apostles at sunset. The Twelve Apostles are a group of natural rock formations in the ocean a few hours bus ride from Melbourne, another amazing natural wonder in Australia. As I write this I just finished planning out my next route for the rest of my European stay. I head to Granada, Cordoba and then Northern Spain which should be about a weeks time. From there I go to France – Paris, Lyon, Marseilles, Cannes, Nice and probably Monaco. Italy is next…San Remo, Genoa, Cinque Terre, Pisa then Florence. I head back to Paris to meet up with my family for a “European Vacation” of sorts. My mother and sister’s first time in Europe along with my brother and nephew. We then hit London before I head to Bolivia for a week and São Paulo to visit another friend from RY, Stephanie. And finally back to the US in Florida on May 21st.
I will see how much more I write over the next month or so but maybe once a month to recap. Speak soon I hope.