Para Wirra – My Childhood Stomping Ground

Years ago, back when as they say I was ‘knee high to a grasshopper’ (and I wonder where they actually came up with that saying because grasshoppers are pretty small), I used to be in the Scouts, and before that I was a cub (which is pretty much the same thing but cubs tend to go to primary school while scouts go to high school, or at least they go to junior high). I would suggest that living in Adelaide meant that there was lots of bush where we could go out and wander, but I suspect that that happens to be the case anywhere and everywhere (unless you happen to be in the middle of Los Angeles or some such place, but since I have never been to Los Angeles I can’t really comment). … More Para Wirra – My Childhood Stomping Ground

Victor Harbor – The Seaside Playground

Honestly, I’m not really all that sure what he appeal with Victor Harbor actually is. Okay, I have probably been down here more times than I can count, and the place gets pretty packed during the summer. Okay, driving through the town isn’t as bad as it could be, and certainly isn’t like driving through a European City (I hate driving through European cities, but that has more to do with not knowing where I am going and not being able to refer to Google Maps while I am driv … More Victor Harbor – The Seaside Playground

Wandering Westphalia

Having studied Modern European History in High School and university I have been somewhat attracted to various regions of Germany, such as the Rhineland and the Palatinate, that I had read about so often. Mind you, in the days before Google Maps, and in fact in the days before Google, when you had to actually go and look for information physically in the library, many of these places simply existed as names. Even on my first trip to Europe I was only vaguely aware where certain cities and states were located (and was somewhat surprised to discover that our train stopped off in Hannover on our way from Berlin to Amsterdam). … More Wandering Westphalia

Breakfast in Bonn

So, Bonn was another of those cities that happened to be a short way from where we were staying, and while we could have found something to do in Köln for an extra day, I had this urge to go for a daytrip to one of the nearby cities. Anyway, I really have no idea when I’m going to be able to get back to Germany, so I might as well take the opportunity to visit as many places as possible. Actually, I initially wanted to go to Bonn because it appeared to be at the end of the Köln S-Bahn, though as I mentioned in my post on Frankfurt, when I arrived in I discovered that the S-Bahn over here is not necessarily the same as the S-Bahn in Berlin. … More Breakfast in Bonn

Mainz – Day Trip to the Rhine

As I mentioned in my post on Frankfurt, I noticed that the S-bahn went all the way out to some of the neighbouring cities, so when I was planning my trip to Frankfurt I decided that on one of the days I would head out to Mainz, if only to have a look around. Actually, I’m not really all that sure as to why I wanted to head out here, not that Mainz was all that far from Frankfurt – the trip only took about half an hour by train – but I guess it had something to do with that urge that I have to go and see what happens to be at the end of a railway line. … More Mainz – Day Trip to the Rhine

Whittlesea – Melbourne’s Outer Edge

When I was a kid my Dad used to drive us all the way to Melbourne (and back again) at Christmas time, namely so that we could spend Christmas with the relatives. Since they all lived in Melbourne, and we were the only ones who lived in Adelaide, it was more convenient for us to make the trek than for them. Mind you, growing up 700 kms away from my aunties, uncles, and Grandparents meant that I never got to know them as well as those who lived near them. Still it was fun going on a long country drive once a year, and also visiting various places on the way there, and back. … More Whittlesea – Melbourne’s Outer Edge

To Melbourne By Car

One of the things that I have done many a time is drive to Melbourne. Despite the fact that I don’t own a car, and have no desire to go an purchase a car, there is still something magical about getting behind the wheel and going for a long drive through the country. In fact for quite a while I would always take thr long slow route to Melbourne as opposed to making my way to the airport and jumping on a plane … More To Melbourne By Car