Day 366: Time Flies…One Year Already!

Unbelievable! Today, June 16th, marks our Round the World one year anniversary! It’s difficult to believe a whole year has passed, and yet here we are in Vienna, Austria, making plans for our return.  Over the last few days, I’ve been putting together a “Year in Review” with photos and commentary, but as I progressed, I realized it would take much longer than I anticipated.  Perhaps I will save that for our return. In the meantime, as I was reflecting on the past year, I was reminded of God’s goodness to us in… Read More

Danny’s Take on Australia

Melbourne The first day in Australia we went to Melbourne.  The hotel we went to had 50 levels and sometimes my mom’s ears popped because we were so high in the air.  I think we were on levels 47 and 48!  We were there for 2 days with a free breakfeast buffet.  The hotel was nice and there was a great view for the sunset.  I think it was the Sofitel hotel!  I loved it for two days and then we moved into Port Douglas for 5 days. Port Douglas Port Douglas… Read More

Australia by Mikayla

We stayed in three parts of Australia over a month of being there.  Those places were Melbourne, Sydney, and the Blue Mountains.  We stayed in a hotel for two days in Melbourne.  While in Sydney, we were kindly hosted by friends of friends of friends of ours from church.  The friends of our friends from church were going to host us in their home but some of their friends were going on vacation and so offered to have us stay at their home while they were gone.  We had never even met… Read More

Day 229: Hiding Away in the Blue Mountains, Australia

We spent the last few days in Australia tucked away in a cabin in the Blue Mountains for a little rest and relaxation after the holidays and a ton of sightseeing. It was truly refreshing and very needed after much traveling, moving, packing, and exploring!  We are thankful to our hosts (the Roberts Family) who dear friends from CA (thank you too, Elliotts) connected us with.  Their beautiful, secluded, mountain retreat, set atop a cliff with stunning views of the Jameson Valley below, provided the perfect setting for a little uninterrupted family time…. Read More

Day 228: Kangaroos, Koalas, Wallabies, and Tasmanian Devils

Kangaroos, Koalas, and Wallabies. When you think about Australia, these are the animals that come to mind, right?  Oh…and let’s not forget the Tasmanian Devil!  Our family loves animals and we couldn’t wait to see these creatures up close and personal.  A friend had warned us to be careful, though, as kangaroos were everywhere, and many people renting cars often hit them on the highways!  After hearing that, we were sure we’d see them everywhere. Unfortunately, that is not how things played out.  In fact, we only saw Kangaroos (and wallabies) once… Read More

Day 226: Sydney Photoblog

Sydney is one of my favorite cities in the World.  It is just beautiful.  The architecture, great shops and restaurants, and beautiful beaches are just wonderful, and the list goes on.  We spent about three weeks in Sydney and the surrounding areas and it could easily have been another three, there is so much to see and do. That said, my post for Sydney is long overdue.  It would take months to recreate our experiences here, both about the city itself, but then also about the special people we met, like the Gramlys and… Read More

Kathryn – Amazing Australia

Australia…….there really is no way to define it’s beauty. You could say it’s amazing, gorgeous, breathtaking, but you have to be there to understand what Australia is.  The most fun part of Australia was seeing, touching, and petting kangaroos and koalas. We also saw penguins and a huge bird I thought was really cool.  The first thing we did was leave the airport and get a taxi over to Melbourne, which was about half an hour to an hour away.  We had a lot of fun exploring the city. When we were ready to leave… Read More

G’day Mate by Ryan Thomas on Australia

Australia, the place where everyone’s your mate, and you are everyone’s mate. And everybody says g’day, mate. At least, that’s what I heard. Does everyone really say G’day mate in Australia? No. Does everyone really call you mate in Australia? Pretty much. When I think Australia, I think Kangaroos, and if you go to FeatherdaleWildlife Park and the last thing you do in Australia is feed super cute kangaroos and wallabies, I think you would too. But I also think of spiders, because we saw more than a couple life-threatening spiders in the houses that we stayed… Read More

Day 200: Happy New Year from Sydney