I HAVE been fortunate enough to have travelled to many wonderful places in the world, and I particularly enjoy writing stories about my experiences. Below is a summary of some of my trips - other travel stories on this blog can be found by following the 'travel' label.

PLACES 2014 // Australia 2009 // Budapest 2008 // Round the World 2007 // Brazil 2006 // Other (2008 - 2015)

PLACES (2014)


(Published Feb 2010 to March 2011)

IN June 2009, Simon and Rachel flew to Australia on the Big Plane. They stayed with Rachel’s sister Julia and brother-in-law Alex in Sydney for two weeks, where they saw the sights, ate too much Thai food and bought a ring. They then took a longer-than-expected flight to Perth in Western Australia, hired a bigger-than-expected camper van and drove a further-than-planned 2,000 miles. With two weeks left and no plan, they quickly revisited Sydney before taking a further flight to Hobart, Tasmania. Here they drove around mountains and through rainforest, they befriended a wombat and Simon climbed a very big hill. This is their story.

Tasmania I: Choo choo
Tasmania II: The best little pub in town
Tasmania III: Funny thing, landslides
Tasmania IV: Curringa Farm
Tasmania V: Beaumaris Zoo
Tasmania VI: Pushing it
Longhand & Scribblings: Save the Tasmanian Devil
Western Australia I: Ronny
Western Australia II: Postcards from the outback
Western Australia III: Shark Bay Days
Western Australia IV: Quilts, satellites and old farm machinery
Western Australia V: Ain't it the life?
Western Australia VI: Thing! THINGTHINGTHING! Thud.

And a follow-up post: Seahorses

   BUDAPEST 2008
(Published May 2008)

Budapest diary egy // Budapest part kettő // Budapest v. három

(Published Sept - Dec 2007 and throughout 2008)

Simon Says...: Bumpy on the Bay of Bengal
Flying to Singapore; expectations; Today's Best Mix
Simon Says...: A Lizard Watched Me In The Shower!
The remarkable story of Thomas Stamford Bingley Raffles; exploring Singapore; Fire Toast
Simon Says...: Welcome to Paradise
Pulau Ubin and Chek Jawa
Simon Says...: The War The World Forgot
Changi Prison and Museum; reflections on war
Simon Says...: A Day In International Territory
How not to spend ten hours in Changi airport
Simon Says...: I'm a Natural Blue
To the Great Barrier Reef; big fish, little fish and 'Rotund' fish, apparently
Simon Says...: Never Smile At A Crocodile (ya flamin' galah!)
Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA); Claude the Cassowary
Simon Says...: Imposter! / Interlude
Rachel fills in for me as I have lots of fun in the rainforest; notes on the Stinging Tree (the Gympie Gympie)
Simon Says...: In The Jungle, The Mighty Jungle
Cloudland Nature Refuge with CVA; teaching Koreans words like 'onomatopoeia'
Simon Says...: Steve
A man called Steve: friend of the Aborigines, discoverer of dinosaurs and guru of megafauna; safety advice for Englishmen
Simon Says...: Senoritas y Margaritas
Cape Tribulation; the discovery of Australia; Captain Cook
Simon Says...: In Memory of Kirsty
Week 2 at CVA: tree planting at Mission Beach; bush bashing with machetes; the man who liked shrimp
Simon Says...: Johnstone River Crocodile Farm
OzExperience begins; Davo the galah; a severe rant about a crocodile farm
Simon Says...: A Pinker Shade of Tanned
All at sea; sailing around the Whitsunday Islands; swimming with turtles
Simon Says...: A Fringe Of Leaves
Aborigines and Europeans; Eliza Fraser and her island
Simon Says...: What A Beauty!
Visiting Australia Zoo (Steve Irwin's zoo); wombats on leads and marvellous monotremes
Simon Says...: It's A Small World (After All)
Arriving in Sydney; run-ins with the police; coincidental meetings with school friends; a statue of a pig; chocolate by the bald man; Julia
Simon Says...: Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree
The Blue Mountains; Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth; the story of the Three Sisters; a terrifying little train
Simon Says...: Australian Capital Territory
Arriving in Batmania (or, as we know it now, Melbourne) via the nation's capital, Canberra
Simon Says...: The Great Divide
Wandering around Melbourne; Melbourne vs. Sydney
Simon Says...: Go! Go! Go!
The Australian Grand Prix (minus racing cars, grandstands, television crews and people)
Simon Says...: Another Multicoloured Blog
Rachel fills in for me while I have a Very Nice Time
Simon Says...: Not With A Bang But A Whimper
The plight of the Tasmanian Devil
Simon Says...: Sunrise to Sunset
Reflections on the beautiful continent of Australia; onwards to New Zealand
Simon Says...: In Treebeard's Domain
Six days in New Zealand, and already I'm exhausted
Simon Says...: And In The Darkness...
Horse riding, like the riders of Rohan; Queenstown/Lothlórien
Simon Says...: Paikea
Kaikoura to Rotorua; Whale Rider
Simon Says...: Waewae takahia kia kino*
A Maori Marae and hangi feast
Simon Says...: Where Poets Speak Their Hearts
Climbing One Tree Hill with Catherine Holley; on to Fiji
Simon Says...: If You Pick A Raw Paw
The Hurricane
Simon Says...: Fifty Nifty United States
On landing three hours after taking off (eighteen hours ago); Washington DC
Simon Says...: A Is For Parrot, Which We Can Plainly See
New York in two days
Simon Says...: Perfect to Stay
The Boston Tea Party, live from Boston; coming home

A few follow-up posts and further stories I wanted to tell at the time:

Simon Says...: A is for Parrot (Again)
John Lennon's poem
Simon Says...: Dear Anonymous
In defence of my views on the Johnstone River Crocodile Farm
Simon Says...: Re: Not With A Bang But A Whimper
Hope for the Tasmanian Devil
Simon Says...: Sai yau levu na lotu keina lomavinaka...
A lost story from Fiji: island life on Waya Lailai; my friend Sau; "Jesus is strong in Fiji"
Simon Says...: Look Around You. Just, Look Around You.
The coolest little capital city in the world, apparently: Wellington, New Zealand

(Published Aug 2007)
Ay Corumbá!

Les Invalides
Poverty in Paris
My Grandad Was A Viking
Naked in Oslo
St Olaf
Tallinn, Estonia
Is Kazakhstan the "Seat of Satan"? No. Grow Up.
My now infamous essay on attitudes towards a forgotten country
On the National Express
Travels on trains
Wish you were here?
British Overseas Territories
Most Adjacent
Cliff Richard, Agatha Christie and kakapo sperm
Tropical Paradise, just minutes from Tottenham
Sailing the seven seas, in North London
The Boy Lent By God
A quiet moment in Wendover, Buckinghamshire
Nullius In Verba
Two weeks at the Royal Society
Four red cars in a super good red line
People watching in Split, Croatia
Good for the soul
A humbling weekend in Marburg, Germany

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