Author Archive: the eternal traveller

Life in the Fast Lane

Dear Friends, Last Saturday, I learned from the Colorado Traveling Ducks that it was National Squirrel Appreciation Day.  After meeting a fleet-footed squirrel in Manchester, I definitely have an appreciation for their speed and agility. Did you know a squirrel moves fast? If you blink you’ll miss it. That’s what almost happened to me. I …

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Sky High

Dear Friends, Look at this skyscraper! At 322.5 metres, it’s one of the tallest residential buildings in the world. Can you guess where it is? The beautiful blue sky should give you a clue. It’s at the Gold Coast in the Sunshine State of Queensland; the Q1 building sits right on the beach at Surfers …

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Bite Me

Dear Friends, I never thought the time would come when I wanted to do some work experience but didn’t get the job. It’s my own fault though. I’m just too debonair for my own good! Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant on the Gold Coast was advertising for cast members and I decided to audition. With my yodeling …

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Love (and Ice Cream) On Top

Dear Friends,  With one quick glance at this photo you might think I’m sitting on a snow clad mountain back in the Bavarian Alps. But when I add more detail you can see that what you thought was snow is actually ice cream. Yes, those are giant scoops of vanilla ice cream, topped off with …

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Opposites Attract

Dear Friends, Last week I went on a cruise with my personal assistant Mrs ET. While she was gallivanting around the ship, I spent my time watching the world go by and making new friends. Meet Mr Penguin and Mr Elephant. We had plenty in common: a love for travel and a keen sense of …

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Take The Long Way Home

Dear Friends, Mr ET has a new favourite saying: When an Aussie says “Just down the road” they could mean anything from a block to a kilometre to a three day drive. He’s not wrong. When he decided to go down the road, we ended up driving more than 14 000 km right around Australia! …

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Dressed For Success

Dear Friends, There’s no doubt about it – Hawaiians are snappy dressers. Some Hawaiians don’t even need to be dressed to impress, while others accessorize to perfection. Even my best buddy Manny got into the spirit with his beautiful shell lei. I was filled with admiration for the relaxed Hawaiian style and I really wanted …

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All My Friends

Dear Friends, Did you know that Hawaii is the shrimp capital of the world? I didn’t, until I went there. I met so many different shrimp, each with their own laid back outlook on island life. There was Surfer Shrimp, who took me on a wild ride over on the North Shore. Hula Shrimp gave …

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Watching and Waiting

Dear Friends,  I’ve been whale watching with my old buddy Manny. We sailed on the Ocean Spirit, a sleek catamaran, out into the Auau Channel off the island of Maui. Manny and I were given the job of Official Whale Spotters. We watched and watched and watched until far away in the distance we spotted …

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Crocodile Rock Part 2

Dear Friends, After visiting Walkabout Creek Hotel, I was inspired to take up a new career as a crocodile hunter. Mick Dundee makes it look so easy in the movie. First I had to find some crocodiles. Even though there were plenty of warning signs, I didn’t spot a single croc until I got to …

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