Location: Canberra, Australia
Yes, OK, I admit it... I'm the worst travel blogger ever!!
In case you don't know I've been back in Oz for the last couple of days. I do have every intention of going back and completing this travel journal but at the moment I've been spending most of my nights getting reacquainted with my bed and sofa!
Just in case you are still checking for updates I promise they will be coming soon!
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Day 19 - Dubai
Ok, yes, I release that there are quite a few days missing here. You are probably wondering how the wedding went and how the rest of Sweden was... I promise I'll get to that but I just have to tell you all about Dubai!!
This place is awesome. I flew in last night and my brother, Rich, picked me up from the airport. Driving in this place is crazy. It's just chaos! The heat is crazy, it's like heading up to Cairns and then cranking up the temperature another 20 degrees and adding even more humidity!
So what have I been up to today... well I've been doing what yo do when you are in the middle of the desert: snow skiing! I'm sure you've all seen on travel shows like Getaway, that they have an indoor ski slope here in Dubai. It's awesome. It's a massive indoor slope build as part of a huge shopping mall. Check out the pics!
I went skiing for about 3 hours before I started to freeze (yes I should have paid the extra 10 drms to get the gloves!) then hit the mall to check out the shops, which took about 3 hours. It's one big mall!!
From what I've seen of Dubai so far, this place is just one massive construction site. It's crazy. There are holes in the ground and half completed buildings everywhere. This place will be very impressive when everything is completed!
I'm looking forward to having a good look around Dubai tomorrow and hopefully take some snaps of the place. All I can say is that there won't be much walking going on as it's about 50 degrees during the day and it's humid as all hell. Luckily taxis are cheap!
Location: Munich, Germany
Sorry again about the lack of posts. I had planned to go nuts here in Munich and get every thing up to date, but unlike the rest of Europe the Germans don't seem to believe in free wireless so I'm slumming it at an internet cafe!
I'll have some updates as soon as I find a nice wireless access point so I can upload a good stack of photos and diary entries!
Location: Borlange, Sweden
Days 9-10-11 - Stockholm and Borlange
It's OK, I'm still alive!! It's been a pretty busy last couple of days
On Sunday I said goodbye to Edinburgh and the U.K. and headed to Stockholm to catch up with Shane and Andy. I met Shane at the Airport and we caught up with Andy at the Red Boat Hostel, our accommodation while in Stockholm.
On Sunday evening we had a bit of a stroll around town, grabbed some supplies and then just headed back to the hostel and chilled out. Shane had just flown in from Oz and was battling to stay awake in an effort to avoid the dreaded jet lag!
On Monday we decided to do a few touristy things. After a bit of strolling around town, Shane and I headed to the Vasa Museum. The Vasa was a big naval ship, built in the 1600's. On it's maiden voyage it sank just out of Stockholm. It lay there till the 1960's when it was finally salvaged from the sea floor, restored and put on display in it's very own museum. I'd actually been to the museum last time I went to Stockholm but it was a very rushed visit so it was nice to take a bit of time to have a good look.
For the rest of the day Shane and I just strolled around town until we caught up with Andy for a bit of dinner.
That evening we had quite a few beers with some Swedish guys who were staying in our hostel. In Sweden, the only beer you can buy from a supermarket is low alcohol. To get full strength beer you have to go to a special state run bottle shop. We didn't know this at the time and as a result we only had the low strength stuff. Thankfully the Swedish guys had some full strength beer for us so we were able to make a decent night of it!
On Tuesday we grabbed our gear and headed to the station to head to Borlange, which is the town where the wedding will be. It's a pretty cool little town! Tuesday night was an absolute blast! Everyone headed to Johanna's (The bride to be!) parents place. There were about thirty of us there all together and a good mix of Aussies and Swedes. We played a game of Burn Ball, which is a Swedish version of soft ball. It was fantastic fun and everybody got really into it! After that we had a big bbq and had quite a few beers. All in all it was an awesome night and I'm regretting not getting the camera out for some snaps to share with you all!
And so that brings me to today... it's been another relaxing chilled out day. The weather is awesome here and we've spent most of the morning chilling out around town and I'm about to head to the hotel spa and sauna and continue relaxing!
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Days 6-7-8 - Edinburgh... more from the worlds worst travel blogger!!
Having lived here in Ed two times before, there's really not a lot in terms of touristy stuff that I want to do. I figured I'd better head out and check to make sure everything is where I left it. There is a stack of construction going on here in Edinburgh. They are ripping up the roads to prepare for trams, new buildings are going up all over town and of course there is the ongoing restoration of buildings so there is scaffolding up everywhere.
So I've pretty much spent the last couple of days walking around town and taking snaps of some of the sights. I've now got some mad blisters on my feet at the moment to show for it though.
I promise my entries from Sweden will be much more exciting!
Location: London, England
Days 4-5 - London... loving it!
Yes it's true... I am the worst travel blogger ever! You can't really blame me though. With the awesome weather they are having over here in London at the moment I've been spending a lot of time just walking through the streets and just relaxing in the various parks dotted around London!
On Tuesday I caught up with Simon, who I worked with during my last stint in Edinburgh, for lunch. It was good to see him! After lunch I decided to try and find some more touristy things to do. I headed to the Museum of London, which was really quite interesting. After a bit of time just relaxing and watching the world go by at St James park, I thought I'd head to the Cabinet War Rooms, which were Churchill's headquarters during WW2. I'll be totally honest, I was actually a bit disappointed. I was expecting a massive underground bunker complex, but to me it really seemed more like a bunch of interconnected cellar rooms.
After that it was back to V&G's palace for a relaxing BBQ dinner!
Wednesday was another relaxing day. I caught up with Nige for a chat, coffee and cupcake at Notting Hill and then decided to brave Oxford Street to do some some shopping! Yes, would you believe I actually bought something! Yay!! That evening V&G, Jared and I headed to V&G's local, The Morgan Arms for dinner. The Morgan is pretty well renowned for it's food and the evenings meal was no exception! After dinner, it was back to V&G's place to pack and get ready for the next leg of my trip to Edinburgh!
Location: London, England
Day 3 - London - Seeing the sights and catching up with mates.
After a bit of a sleep in I figured it was time to whip out the camera and get some snaps to prove that I am actually over here and not kicking back on the sofa in down town Canberra!
Armed with my trusty Oyster card I hit the tube to try and get some pics of the main touristy sights. I managed to get through most of the ones I wanted, starting at St Pauls Cathedral then heading to; the tower of London, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and finally to Trafalgar Square... all before lunch!
Having lived and spent a lot of time here in London there's not a lot that i haven't seen and done already. I did check out the London Transport Museum though, which turned out to be pretty cool! After doing my one real touristy thing for the day I figured I'd head to Regent and Oxford Streets to do some shopping. I am actually the worlds worst shopper so in typical Michael style I didn't buy anything... but I did mange to earmark heap of things for future purchase! Now I just better not run out of time!
In the evening I caught up with the XMRD crew which was awesome. We all worked together at tax and now Gary, Nige (& Leonie), Stubby, Ben and Leigh have all ended up here in London. It was great to catch up with the guys and see what they were up to. As it turns out even Ka Ho is now in London although he couldn't make it out to join us. All I can say is that tax's loss is most definitely London's gain as these guys are some of the brightest IT people going around.
After quite a few beers, cocktails, dinner and wine I was a very happy camper and woke up the next day feeling a little hung over. I knew I should have done more drinking training before I left!
Location: London, England
Day 2 - London - Beating jet lag!
After arriving very early in the morning I was determined to do whatever it took to avoid jetlag, which pretty much meant staying awake the whole day. Normally that wouldn't be too much of a problem but since I had not slept much at all on the plane I knew I was going to struggle! All I can say is thank god for coffee!!
I spent most of the day helping my hosts, Veronica & Geriant, around the house in an effort to both keep busy and to earn my keep!
In the afternoon I went for a bit of a stroll to the Spitafield Markets but all in all it was a fairly quiet day and I didn't get up to anything touristy or take any photos. It's all good though. I'm planning to hit the town tomorrow and get some snaps of the famous London sights so pics will be coming very soon!
Location: London, England
Day 1 - Canberra to London (via Sydney and San Francisco)
What a killer of a day! All up I've been traveling for 32 hours but it's all good as I'm finally in London! The day didn't start well when the plane I was supposed to leave Canberra on had a mechanical failure I only just managed to squeeze in on a later flight which meant I had a mad dash in Sydney to try and make my international connection.
Once in Sydney things started to look up. I managed to score an emergency exit seat for the 14 hour flight to San Fran and I got upgraded to Economy Plus From San Fran to London. Yay, 6 whole inches of extra leg room! The seat next to me was also vacant so I was able to spread myself out a bit and try and get some sleep. I say try, because it never happens. One of these days I'll learn and I'll actually buy some sleeping pills!
After arriving into London at 6:30 am, I'm desperate to stay up for the whole day so that I can try and beat jet lag so we'll see how long I can hold off for!! Photos will be coming soon!