A photo journal of a walk I took around the Marina Bay area in Singapore. I got out at ~5am one morning, so I could see the busy metropolitan city during quieter hours and catch the sunrise over the city.
I spent just a little over a week in Australia, which is not a lot of time to explore this huge country. I didn’t have much time here because I need to get to Nepal by November and I wanted to visit Singapore and slow down a bit there before I go do my 16 day long Everest Trek in Nepal.
I didn’t want to rush and try to see too much, so I gave myself 4 full days in Sydney, and 3 full days at Uluru (in the middle of the Australian outback). With this itinerary I figured I would have just enough time to explore and enjoy each place at my own pace with some wiggle room for improvisation.
Food is expensive, especially in the countries I’ve been to thus far: New Zealand and Australia, and it’s not much different than food from the U.S. So to save on expenses I’ve cooked about 90% of my meals, only buying food on travel days. I’ve whipped together some pretty decent meals and I feel like my cooking has improved drastically already (out of necessity so I’m not eating instant noodles for over a month), but I’ve also created some pretty ‘interesting dishes’ when I was strapped for ingredients or did want to spend too much on groceries.
So from normal to weird, here are some of the meals I’ve cooked on the road so far:
I flew into New Zealand with a very loose idea of what I wanted to do and I wasn’t even sure how long I was going to spend here. Instead of creating an itinerary beforehand, I wanted to figure things out as I went by talking with locals, other travelers, and playing things by ear because I had the luxury of time. Now as I am waiting for my flight out, here’s a look back on the itinerary I ended up with during my month in New Zealand.
For about a year I’ve been trying to see the Milky Way, which isn’t visible in the light polluted Los Angeles Area, and after visiting a handful of dark sky spots: Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley National Park, and Fairbanks, Alaska, and not seeing it due to weather or other conditions; I finally caught my first breathtaking view of the Milky Way on the Big Island of Hawaii. *See bottom of post for more on this
Since then my next goal has been to photograph the Milky Way. Initially I just assumed that I couldn’t do it without thousands of dollars of equipment, but after some research, learning and a lucky attempt in Raglan, New Zealand on a night with just the right conditions, I realized that it’s possible to capture spectacular images of the night sky with a mid-level DSLR or mirorrless camera.
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I heard from other travelers I met in New Zealand that Tongariro National Park was a place I couldn’t miss if I wanted to see some of the unique nature/volcanoes of the North Island. The area itself has 3 majestic active volcanoes: Tongariro, Ngauruhoe (Mount Doom in “The Lord of the Rings” films) and Ruapehu, as well as some more cool colorful lakes and boiling mud pools.
So I headed over hoping to do one big hike in the area.
I love traveling because it expands my perspective and I get to see new places, meet so many different people, and experience new things around the world. But even though Instagram might try to convince us otherwise, it would be crazy to think that it’s all glamorous.
This is a story of one of the unglamorous moments of travel:
About 2 weeks after I started to travel through New Zealand, I arrived at a town called Rotorua. I was here because this place was known to have a lot of volcanic and geothermal activity with steam vents, boiling mud/water pools and geysers. I thought that was cool and wanted to check it out. Upon arriving I noticed that the city also had a distinct smell of rotten eggs due to all the volcanic/geothermal activity everywhere releasing sulfur into the air.