hurricane jess aftermath

Hurricane Jess: The Aftermath.

Nhulunbuy, Reflection and Stories, Working Nomad By August, 2016 Tags: , , , No Comments

As I mentioned, I went into overdrive during the turbulence that Jess left behind. I hit the net, applying for jobs with my polished resume, my eye even leading me towards positions in a place I never thought I’d go. Home. Back to Brisbane. Back to the daily grind of network buses and busy people with no places to be. But at least it wouldn’t be here, and at least I’d be back with friends (friends who I miss dearly). And really, when one sits down and does the math, I would be in the same place financially as I am here.

So yes, I looked at giving away this life and turning tail back home.

when a stranger becomes your hurricane

When a stranger becomes your Hurricane

Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory, Reflection and Stories, Working Nomad By August, 2016 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

Sometimes you have the opportunity to meet people who can completely blow you away; floor you in a remarkable sense.  Sometimes these people are good for you and sometimes they are not.  Either way, these people, these Hurricanes, are an important part of life on the road.

So I’d like to take the time to introduce you to Jess.  Jess was my hurricane.


Nhulunbuy: My Tropical Paradise

Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory, Working Nomad By August, 2016 Tags: , , No Comments

Nhulunbuy is almost as remote as you can get. Built into the coast in Northern Territory, it is surrounded by the famous Arnhem Land and was once completely owned by Rio Tinto. Arnhem Land itself is a vast wilderness in the northeast corner of Australia’s Northern Territory, defined by rocky escarpments, gorges, rivers and waterfalls. White sandy beaches are beautiful but treacherous, inhabited by sharks and stingers as well as crocodiles, and, on the occasion, angry locals.

Getting to know people 101

Locations, Nhulunbuy, Reflection and Stories, Working Nomad By August, 2016 Tags: , , , No Comments

I’ve been in my new location for just over a week now and it has been flat out at work since the moment I stepped off the plane. Sleep is a rare commodity, solitude has almost been unheard of. Yet still, when there was a knock on the door to my staff quarters (affectionately referred to as ‘The Dungeon’) and the opened doorway revealed two woman from another department, I jumped at the chance to get out and get to know them.

Sapporo in a blizzard

From Hokkaido to Tokyo: blizzards, baggage and a beverage cart

Asia, Destinations, Japan By August, 2016 Tags: , , 1 Comment

Picture this: Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. February 9, 2013. 0430. Blizzard.

My travel companion and I are dragging our miserable behinds awake, hair askew and false eyelashes stuck in eyebrows. The thrill of the night before fading, we pack away our heels and curlers and our cute hats and makeup. The dizzying feeling of being fabulous in the ice bars is long gone as we knuckle down for a day of flat shoes, jeans and hard-core travel from Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, to Tokyo and then up into our dream hostel in the middle of the Japanese Alps — by plane, train and hire car.

We’ve got one hell of a day ahead, but we’re experienced (hung-over) travellers. So when we find ourselves at Sapporo airport being asked “Didn’t you get the email”, we looked at each other and blinked. Email?