Home Sweet Home

Back in Perth, Western Australia. After nine months of travelling we have seen much of the US, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Galapagos (Ecuador), Cuba, Cayman Islands and Canada.

It's been an unforgettable experience for us and I hope you have enjoyed our updates. More importantly I hope it doesn't take too long for us to find a way to put up a few new adventures. From everything we have seen and experienced I have realised how many amazing landscapes and wonderful people are out there. The planet is bigger now than when I left and I know there is no way to see everything but I'll happily die trying!

How on earth did we get so much stuff? I need a holiday!

'Travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer.'

Sydney

We are back in the land of vegemite, BBQs, beaches, kangaroos and meat pies.

After 9 months overseas it's both great to be back amongst the familiar accent, smells and food but our feelings are tempered as its the end of what has been a great adventure. We are looking forward to catching up with family and friends, many of whom we didn't contact as often as we should have while travelling but it's also a time to start a new chapter in our lives. A chapter that is exciting and full of potential but very different from waking up each morning, packing up all our possessions and hiking over a mountain pass surrounded by glaciers.

Sydney is home to an outpost of Duncans I haven't seen in many years. My cousins have pretty much doubled their age since I last saw them and it's great to be able to spend a few days with them to see what they've been up to and to introduce Shannan. I enjoy being able to go with them for a weekend morning stroll along the beach in the bright warm sunshine as we search for coffee.

Do you recognise this popular Australian landmark?

We arrived in time for the last night of Vivid Sydney. A surreal event that turned the Sydney Opera House into a video screen and had interesting art installations around Circular Quay and much of the CBD area. Also, giant glowing rabbits.

I also had the chance to meet up with a friend here and we enjoyed touring the harbour on the ferry and raiding the Messina ice-cream parlour, a must-visit if you are in Sydney.

Matilda Bay

A short walk from UWA, my intemperate stomping grounds, Matilda Bay was a place of relaxing escape when the rigours of coffee and study avoidance became too much. The nearby boat shed is often used for weddings. I've stopped traffic there once myself as part of a bridal party.

Matilda Bay boatshed, possibly the most photographed building in Perth.