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Sep 3, 2015 - Lake Brockman to Perth

Thursday 3 September 2015 Pack up day again. A nice clear morning with a fresh and cold breeze. Time to say bye to Dot & Gary for a little while. Felt funny parting ways, but we have already exchanged photos of each other's sites! It will be a couple of days now before they can catch up with Jim as he has come down with a vomiting bug, so they won't be in a rush to see him. Such a shame as Dot has been looking forward to spending time with him. We headed north for a short journey to Yarloop so we could visit the Steam Workshops which were...

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Nullabor Adventure

Jul 17, 2015 - Renewal of a Working Holiday Visa in Australia

WHV 2, the return? Definitely a good news... Among all the countries welcoming worldwide youth as part of the working holiday visa program, Australia allows you to make a second application (for a 2nd year) if you meet certain conditions at the end of your first year in WHV. How to do that? (I have just completed my application;-) You need to have worked for at least three months (paid or volunteer work) in the primary sector in rural areas where labor is apparently lacking and where backpackers can get useful! The idea is simple, during...

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Jun 5, 2015 - Doing an Internship in Australia: Working Holiday and Occupational Trainee

Do you want to go in Australia as well as complete an internship or traineeship as they say over there? If students find internship offers 'down under', you first need to know that you have the chance to perform this stage in Australia by lodging a visa application today. Why? Simply because the country as been opening itself to this kind of work experience for the last ten years! So, whether or not you already have a positive response from a company willing to sponsor you, here are the two options and visas available to perform your...

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May 26, 2015 - Day one....to Rome, Italy!

We're currently on a 777 bound for Dubai, and I can tell you from all the screens flashing around us that we are flying at 576mph at 34,000ft. It's now 11.17am in Perth, 717am in Dubai, and we are due there at 12.59pm their time. We still have 3131 miles to go, having travelled 2865 miles since our takeoff at about 6.15a.m. The day so far has been quite ok. Cerys, jared and I were all awake at 3.30am. Which was lucky because one of the dogs (and I have my suspicions which one) left three parting gifts on the kitchen floor. It quite an...

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May 19, 2015 - One week out!

Well, one week to go! This time next week we'll be in Dubai en route to Rome! So what to report? Well Transavia Air did confirm they weren't flying on the date we had booked. After a flurry of international phone calls, we managed to secure a full refund and then rebook on a, Air France flight into Paris, about 6 hours earlier. Our early arrival into Paris robbed us of a full day in Venice, but it allowed us to book the Eiffel Tower on our afternoon of arriving. The booking for the Eiffel Tower was a feat in itself! Through the official...

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May 10, 2015 - The Holiday Begins

Our holiday began with me surprising Tanya with Business Class Tickets to Barcelona. We had an amazing flight with a stop at Doha. Doha Airport is a sight to see and the Business Lounge we got to relax in was bigger than the Perth Airport Terminal. ...

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Apr 21, 2015 - In Perth

Still Tuesday 21st...usual drive up from Albany with road trains and road works....with the added bonus of a 75km detour thru Katanning from Kojonup because of a truck rollover north of Kojonup. Pizza with Camille, Bryce & kidz and Georgia before a shower and a ride to the airport with Camille. Pleased to get our boarding pass for Sydney and Santiago from the Perth check in....so not required to check in over there. Now having a hot chocolate and Anzac biccie before boarding. I'm a bit concerned about the weather in Sydney. ....hoping it's...

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Galapagos with G & T

Apr 19, 2015 - The planning continues...

Today is the first day of the travel blogging.....just to get a handle on whether this is an appropriate platform to use during our trip. I am keen to record our travels, but not quite sure of the best format, so bear with me! Whilst working on our itinerary it amazes me that Cerys and I booked this trip back in October - six months ago! Working through some of the reservations we made, it is like a a stroll down memory lane (and we haven't even been to any of these places yet!) We received an as yet unresolved issue on Friday when...

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Apr 1, 2015 - Perth, Australia

Pete called from Perth and everything is going pretty well on Turnaround Day. He was hanging around the ship, waiting to check in a new piano player who was arriving today who was late because the bus to the port broke down. Things were also complicated because the guitar player had signed off the ship today but the new guitar player who was supposed to sign on was ill and had missed her flight. So it looks as thought they may have to go a few days with no guitar player, as the next stop in a port is not for 4 days when they stop in Port...

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Mar 24, 2015 - Perth - Full Day 1

Perth - Full Day 1 G'Day, FOBTs (Reminder...that's Followers of Bill's Travels or Followers of Bill's Trip), Today involved a lot of walking and exploring. Fortunately, the day was sunny, as tomorrow is supposed to be. Let me begin by saying that I am staying at Miss Maud's Swedish Hotel. There really is (or was?) a Miss Maud and she was from Sweden. She established a pastry shop, which grew into a pastry shop empire in the Perth area, this hotel, and a restaurant. Not too shabby for Miss Maud. A picture of the restaurant and the hotel over...

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Mar 23, 2015 - Perth - Arrival Day

FOBTs, Okay, I have resisted doing this to you, but can no longer contain myself. G'Day to you. I arrived in Perth, Western Australia late this afternoon, but before leaving Darwin I met this incredible female. Her name was Grace, and she is blonde, funny, highly energetic, and 5 years old. As I waited in the hotel lobby to check out, her mother, Grace, and her younger sister were at the counter. Noticing Grace doing what looked like yoga stretching moves, I asked her if she was doing yoga. Clearly she did not know exactly what I asked, but...

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Feb 24, 2015 - Perth and Freemantle

Made the most of our short visit to Perth with a short drive around the city and a stop in nearby Freemantle for lunch which is a port on the Indian Ocean. It was quite hot here in Western Australia...over 105 which is not unusual in the summer. Perth is the capital of Western Australia so there is a mix of government buildings in town with hotels, resteraunts, and commercial businesses. The Swan River runs through the city which is named after Black Swans which live in the area. On our way to Brisbane today.

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