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December 23, 2008

And just when you thought you'd never hear from this blog again....

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(Hi! Remember me?)

Yes! The blog is still alive and kicking. (Well, maybe not kicking.) Its even got a smashing new outfit, and I'd like it to have a new name... but I haven't thought of a new name yet. Any ideas out there?

I know you haven't heard from this blog in ages and ages... and really... I have no good excuse. I just never really found the time. Now that I'm firmly back on Canadian soil, I can't really promise to become a diligent blogger again, but I do like the idea of of blogging in earnest once more. And after all, it is the thought that counts, right?

This last couple of months of my travels were non-stop busy; from working almost ever single day in July, to my Eurorail European non-stop extravaganza in August, and then tossing myself head long into full-time University in September, I've never seemed to find a minute to sit down and update the blog. I had this idea that when I moved back to Canada I'd have loads of time to share stories and update, but of course, that never seemed to be the case. So now its winter break and a perfect time to finally try and update this blog at least a little and share some photos.

As always I'm stuck with the idea of where I should begin. Perhaps the best place to begins is with with the sort of present and some pictures of my life back at home.

... starting with the flight home ...

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(The flight into Toronto. September 9th)

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(Toronto Skyline from the Docks)

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(Habourfront)

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(Toronto Skyline from the Panorama Lounge. Don't go on the weekends. They charge you $5)

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(Nuit Blanche)

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(some photos from the Chinese Lantern Festival at Ontario Place)

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(pretty cool, but not quite as cool as this.)

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This next set are from a trip up to Lake Clear on Thanksgiving. I'd really missed the Canadian autumn colours, especially the colours around the lake.

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(Bethie and I on the drive back to Toronto)

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(sunset from the streetcar)

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Of course, there has been the odd night out on the town...

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(Halloween with Charlie)

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(Out dancing with Sue-Li... who for those of you who don't know... has been visiting me off and on since I got home.)

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(The Stars)

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(and just to show that it hasn't all been good times and sight-seeing... here's a piece of a project I did for my architecture class)

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... more to come ...

December 30, 2006

boo hoo... why me... :(

Okay everyone. Prepare yourself. I'm about to whine. And whine and whine some more. Things that are minorly annoying when you are at home, are excessively annoying when you are travelling. The last month has been throwing some real curve balls at me. One of the first things that happened to me is that my mobile phone froze. Stopped working. Of course just when people needed to reach me. Sony Ericsson were less than helpful. They would not lay one finger on my phone on the basis that it was bought in Hong Kong and I wanted it fixed in Australia. Nevermind the fact that it is a common bug with the phone and the fix isn't difficult. Their warranties are only good in the country the phone was purchased in. I questioned why they would bother calling something a "mobile" if they don't want it to leave the country you bought it in. They said they were sorry. A nice thing to say, but didn't fix the phone.

But I got it fixed by an independent shop. Who incidentally, simply downloaded the latest software from the Sony Ericsson shop in order to fix it. I lost all my photos and phone numbers and notes I had made, but it worked again.

Christmas Eve (or the evening before) my wallet went bye-bye. Not exactly sure how it happened, but I think it took a walk out of my room while I was in the shower. I think this because I heard giggling coming from my room when I was in the bathroom, which was next door to my room. There was no one staying in my room, nor was there anyone else sleeping in that corner of the hostel. ... but maybe I just lost it... I can't be sure. All I know is that I had it when I bought food the night before and in the morning it was gone. I was very sad and I've been going through a special sort of hell trying to replace all of those cards from overseas, over Christmas. Exactly when most companies don't want to replace cards because Christmas breaks records for fraud every year. Spending the day on hold and becoming aquainted with the Fremantle police station instead of going to Rottnest Island, also wasn't fun.

I'm getting through it all, but last night I was told by the Ontario Driver's Licence bureau that they won't re-issue my licence for four to six weeks. Why? How can it possibly take that long? I have a car lined up to use in New Zealand, but now I have no licence to drive it. I also had suddenly had no licence to drive the car I was already driving in Western Australia, but kept it for two more days anyway. AND my camera seems to be behaving a bit strangely. My battery charger is on the fritz. Some of my clothes are falling apart. Of course it could all be much much worse. I have a credit card and a bank card set aside, so I can still function. I kept my passport separate. I still have all of my stuff and computer and ipod and books. I haven't been physically harmed. Much much worse things have happened to travellers than these minor tragedies and a few other annoyances. BUT I'm feeling sorry for myself in this moment because the retainer on the back of my bottom teeth that has been there since I was a teenager, broke. Today. And I am not sure when I'll have time to get this fixed. Tomorrow is Saturday and my first day back in Sydney and I have heaps of running around to do. Then its New Year's and then I fly back to New Zealand. So I'll get it fixed there. Somewhere at some point.

Grrrrrr.....

For those of you who have noticed that my blog hasn't always been loading, its because its been slammed by spammers. Extremely annoying. I've taken some steps to fix this, like turning off a few features and not allowing comments on some of the older entries. (You can still leave comments on the most recent entries.) Do let me know if this fixes the situation or if you are still having trouble accessing the site.

I've been absolutely chomping at the bit to redesign this blog but I haven't had time (I mean I can't even keep on top of the entries!), but one of these days it will look pretty. I swear.

Okay. Its well past my bedtime. More soon and goodnight.

May 8, 2006

Subscriptions and more...

Rumour has it that a few of you have had trouble subscribing to my blog. If you want to subscribe but can't get the subscription function working, drop me an email or leave a comment and I will put your email address in myself. I can do that as I am lord of heatherland!!!


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Once in a while, there also seems to be a few hours of lag time between when comments are posted and when they actually appear on the site. Not sure why this happens, but just thought I'd let you know so you don't wonder what happened to your post. If you go back another day and its not there then please re-post as obviously something went horribly wrong.

Flew home today from Christchurch. Definitely one of the most scenic flights I ever been on. Below is a photo of Mt. Taranaki (Egmont) (more links here and here). A dormant (not extinct) volcano on the North Island. This 2581m landmark last erupted 350 years ago. You can climb it in the summer and ski it in the winter. If I'm lucky I'll be able to do both!


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More photos of Christchurch to come...

April 28, 2006

Technical Difficulties Resolved

For those of you who were attempting to post comments in the last couple of days, I have fixed the cgi error so everything is working again. AND... I have a special new feature, "Subscribe to this blog". You'll see it in the sidebar. Its real easy to use. Type your email address into the box and few minutes later you get an email back with a link to follow. Once you've followed the link, then you're subscribed. I don't want to be clogging up people's inboxes if they don't want to be notified of new blog entries, so people who want notifications can sign up and others can just check my blog at their leisure.

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March 22, 2006

Finally. She posts photos.

It's another gorgeous sunny day in Auckland. They say this is autumn, and certainly the leaves are beginning to turn a brilliant red, but it still feels like summer to me. The nights are beginning to get a little cooler and sometimes the air fills with smell of campfires and outdoor fireplaces. This is certainly the least polluted city I've ever lived in. I love being able to smell the rain that's falling across the habour and seeing buildings crisply and clearly in the deep in the distance. I think I got used to the eternal haze of and pollution of southern Ontario.

So here is my first post with photos. If it all works according to plan you should be able to click on these small images and a pop-up window will show up with the larger version.

The photos below were taken not long after I arrived. I was on the ferry on my way back to city central from the suburb of Devenport.

And I know what you're thinking... "She moved to a city that is almost a replica of Toronto. I mean just look at that faux CN Tower!" When you get upclose you'll see Auckland's Skytower does look quite different.

By the way, it's the tallest building in the southern hemisphere But they cheated a bit by building it on a hill.

Thanks for all of the comments you've been leaving. Its makes me feel a bit more in touch with home.

xo

March 15, 2006

Welcome to my new blog!!!

It's beeen very hard for me to focus on getting this blog together (what with all this beautiful summer weather and all the lovely new sights and sounds). I've been through an excessive number of hurdles to get it up and running. But... I'm very very happy to be writing my first post. I wanted to set this up, not just as a way for me to share my travelling experiences with all of you, but for you to be able to talk back to me. There is a comment link at the bottom of each post. (I'm willing you to use it right now!) It would be lovely if this page was much more like a dialogue than a monologue.

For the first little while this blog will be running a bit out of order. I'll be telling you all about what's going on in my life now, but I also want to get you caught up on my Hong Kong and Thailand adventures. As I've had many many escapades in the past couple of months, I'll likely just put things in as they occur to me.

For those of you who are new to blogging, "blog" is simply short for weblog. It is, simply put, an on-line journal. The main differences being that a blog is interactive, dynamic and good. So read it!! ( And respond :-> )

This blog is powered by a program called Moveable Type, which I am learning as I go. (Please be patient with me.) You'll hopefully see little changes happenning slowly to this page as I tweak it away from the template that I was given toward my own design and modifications.

To use the comment tags you do have to share a bit of your personal information (really just your name and perhaps your email address). This information is for me only and is to help prevent spammers from clogging up my pages with their comments. Of course those clever spammers will likely get in anyway, but I'll be keeping an eye on things to figure out how to best keep them at bay.

Miss you all!!!

Oh... And today is the one month anniversary of Robert and I touching down on new and picturesque home.

xo Heather