Happy Holidays everybody! 2010 has been quite a year for me, having visited nine countries in a whirlwind of travel. I made this short video as a summary of my “this was 2010” travel adventures and “e-Christmas Card” of sorts!
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For those of you who would rather read about my year, here’s the “coles notes” version of my 2010:
Then it was off to New Zealand to shoot a tv show, where in 11 days, I experienced more thrilling adventures than you could probably get through in a month.
Then it was a very long business class flight to Spain, where I checked out the Tapas culture, volunteered in trade for my accommodation by speaking English, visited the walled city of Toledo, stayed with a family near Madrid where I had an interesting encounter, and sampled the cuisine and grandeur of Segovia – another walled city with quite a spectacular aqueduct.
With just a week to spare, I popped over to southern Germany to visit a friend I had met in New Zealand, who showed me her home town of Ulm and the surrounding countryside.
Next, I had a date to meet my family in Paris, where we saw some sights before heading south to stay with friends on the Mediterranean. We ate amazing food, checked out the markets, and took long drives along the coast. We also saw world heritage sights like Pont de Neuf and Carcassonne – the city that looks like a castle.
After some welcome beach time, it was off to England with Mum, where we house-sat for a few weeks. We also got around a bit, seeing sights like London, Avebury, and Winchester.
Mum and I parted company and I went to York to stay with a fellow travel writer, sample high tea, and visit the coast at Whitby.
Next, I hopped on a train to Edinburgh to check out the Fringe Festival, gawk at random foods the Scottish are willing to deep fry, and drive into the Scottish highlands. The scenery was beautiful, the weather was surprisingly cooperative, and the hiking was fabulous.
Ireland was a ferry ride away, where I reveled in the gorgeous green countryside, saw the Giant’s Causeway with its strange rock formations, and admired the sights of Dublin – sampling the local brew too of course.
France wasn’t done with me yet, as I returned to Paris to film the pilot episode for a travel tv show.
With the crew, we headed to Nepal to continue filming. I absolutely fell in love with Nepal, and hope to return there soon to further explore this amazing country.
Next, I took the Indian Pacific from Sydney on a four day journey to from Pacific to Indian Oceans; Through Broken Hill and the outback, down to Adelaide with its bustling central market, through Cook (the ghost town with a bustling population of 5), and all the way across the Nullarbor desert to Perth.
After enjoying 24 hours in the incredibly isolated city of Perth, it was back on the train another four days all the way back to Sydney. All in all, I rode 16,000kms of Australia’s rails in about a month, and I didn’t even cover it all.
I’m back in New Zealand now, spending Christmas and New Year’s at Mana Retreat. I’m very excited for 2011, which promises to hold many more travel adventures.
Wherever you are in the world, I hope you have a wonderful holiday season, full of good food, good friends, and lasting memories.
Cheers, from The Professional Hobo. This was 2010!