As mentioned in my previous post, most of my memories of Brisbane are consumed in my koala cuddle. However, I did see a bit more of the city as I wandered a little – by foot and by boat. I discovered that the City of Brisbane has free ferries that troll up and down the river (this … More A bit of Brisbane by boat!
When I had booked flights through Brisbane, it was to accommodate meeting friends of Gemma’s, but when her travel plans changed, I learned that Brisbane was home to a KOALA SANCTUARY and thus I might as well keep my original travel plans in order to get a chance to cuddle a koala. This was literally … More Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary: Brisbane
I arrived in Cairns in order to do my open water diving certification and spent several days bookending that wandering Cairns. Cairns is a pretty small city with a well-developed tourist strip along the waterfront and what seems to be pretty desolate sprawl beyond that area. It was hawt hawt hawt! The priority of my … More Cairns, Australia: The gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
Welcome to Australia! We arrived late at night in Melbourne and our friendly Uber driver shuttled us along the (distinctly North American-style) highways and streets to get Gemma and I to our lovely South Yarra Airbnb home for the week. Most of our time was spent at the conference , but we did have some … More Sipping the delicious Melbourne, Australia
I have vivid memories of the glossy National Geographic photos showcasing brilliantly coloured fish and textured corals found in the Great Barrier Reef. Since this time, I wanted to explore the mysterious and strange underwater universe. With the rest of the world, however, I have been watching in despair as reports of the mass bleaching … More Am I breathing underwater?!: PADI open water dive course
Rather than scooting from the conference directly to Cairns, I decided to pop over to Sydney to take a picture of the rather famous opera house and harbour. While I didn’t feel the immediate connection with Sydney as I had with Melbourne, I am so glad I had the chance to explore this vibrant city. … More A sliver of Sydney: Top 5 stops on a 1-day tour
I am writing this from Australia, where I have had the amazing opportunity to participate in the 16th congress of the International Federation of Psychiatric Epidemiology (IFPE). This conference was held at iconic locations and packed with glamorous moments – from the location, the venue, and the very special (fluffy) guests. The conference was held … More Conference life: IFPE 2017