Days 1,132-1,133: Under The Bridge
Mon 06.02.12 – Tue 07.02.12: As dawn broke over the eastern horizon, the Sea Princess eased herself under the Sydney Harbour bridge, bringing to a
Days 1,134-1,137: Taking Over The Asylum
Wed 08.02.12 – Sat 11.02.12: The bus arrived in Melbourne at 6.30am, so I got to surprise Mandy before work with my presence. For Mandy’s
Days 1,138-1,145: The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time
Sun 12.02.12 – Sun 19.02.12: After a spot of brekkie at Mandy’s mum’s gaff in Ballarat, Mand and I returned to Melbourne and caught up
Days 1,146-1,149: The Road To Nauru
Mon 20.02.12 – Thursday 23.02.12: Monday morning and I arrived in Sydney bright and early. After picking up a $1 coffee from 7/11 (I live
Days 1,150–1,153: Piercing The Gloom
Fri 24.02.12 – Mon 27.02.12: So I went from the Papuan Chief to the Pacific Pearl to the Southern Pearl to the Southern Lily 2
Day 1,154: Such A Pretty House
Tue 28.02.12: Today I turned 33 years old. Too old, Yoda would say, to begin the training. By the age of 33, Jesus had convinced
Day 1,155: I’ve Got Something To Say About Tuna…
Wed 29.02.12: It was around 1600 on the 29th that we arrived in the town of Noro on the island of New Georgia in the
Days 1,156-1,161: SolBrew For The Soul
Thu 01.03.12 – Tue 06.03.12: We arrived in Honiara a at 8pm, a little later than expected, and thanks to our proximity to the equator,
Days 1,162-1,166 The Kings of Kiribati
Wed 07.03.12 – Sun 11.03.12: We arrived in Tarawa Atoll, Kiribati on Wednesday morning. Some infernal fishing vessel had stolen the one and only parking
Day 1,167: …And Then There Was SIX!
Mon 12.03.12: It may have taken me the best part of two months to get here from New Zealand, but I’m proud to announce that
Day 1,168: The Bird Man of Nauru
Tue 13.03.12: One of our cranes is broken. This means that yesterday, instead of unloading the 80 containers like we were meant to, we didn’t
Day 1,169: The Smallest Parliament in the World
Wed 14.03.12: Nauru has no natural harbour: its smooth potato-like shape does not offer the world any nooks or crannies to slip your vessel into.
Day 1,170: What Next?
Thu 15.03.12: With any luck and despite the lengthy delays here in Nauru and last week in Kiribati, the Scarlett Lucy should be back in
Days 1,171-1,174: An Express Elevator to Hell!
Fri 16.03.12 – Mon 19.03.12 We left Nauru at around 7pm, and I was disappointed that customs didn’t come back on board before we set
Days 1,175-1,180 Ships That Pass In The Night
Tue 20.03.12-Sun 25.03.12: We’ve got a new captain, Captain Bob, originally from North Liverpool. Old guy, smokes like a chimney. I’m three floors down and
Day 1,181: How The South Pacific Was Won
26.03.12: The Pacific, south of the equator line, is now complete. Yes, there were a handful of territories – Niue, Tokelau, French Polynesia, Pitcairn &
Day 1,182: North, Miss Tessmacher!
Tue 27.03.12: Crystal had to be up for work at 8am, so that meant I had to be up as well. After dropping me in
Day 1,183: Nein!
Wed 28.03.12: I can see why they call these coaches ‘luxury’, I mean – the seats recline a whole TWO inches! Amazing!! And the vibration
Day 1,184: Feeding The Crocodile
Thu 29.03.12: Not wanting my trip up to Townsville to be a complete waste of time, Eagle, Sera and Robbie ensured that I at least
Day 1,185: The Man From Del Monte Says…
Fri 30.03.12: The coach arrived in Brisbane’s miserable concrete Roma Street Transport Terminal around noon and I was off like Usian Bolt off the blocks
Days 1,186-1,187: Mount Coo-tha
Sat 31.03.12 – Sun 01.04.12: Literally woke up in the gutter. Well, it was sort of half in the gutter half in a bush. Man
Days 1,188-1,197: Placating Neptune
Mon 02.04.12 – Wed 11.04.12: It was an early start on Monday morning. Sam had to go into work, so I grabbed all my gear
Day 1,198: Palau On My Mind
Thu 12.04.12: If I’m to stand any chance of completing this quest, there are two things that must happen. One is that I am given
Day 1,199: Friday the 13th
Fri 13.04.12: If I was going to stand any chance of getting on this ship, I needed to head down to the southern port city
Day 1,200: To Curse A Thief
Sat 14.04.12: After the good news from Hartmann, I did what all good backpackers do on Friday nights in strange and foreign lands. I went
Day 1,201: Full Steam Ahead!
Sun 15.04.12: There’s a lot of boring technical stuff that I have to keep on top of while bumming around the known universe. Keeping this
Days 1,202-1,207: The Voyage of the Mell Sembawang
Mon 16.04.12 – Sat 21.04.12 The Mell Sembawang is a wonderful little boat: my cabin is clean, the air-con is working, the food is magnificent
Day 1,208: There’s Always One Isn’t There?
Sun 22.04.12 Even though my usual sleep patterns prefer me to stay up all night (preferably partying) and sleep in the morning, today I made
Day 1,209: The View From The Bridge
Mon 23.04.12: One of the more interesting things about travelling to every country in the world is it allows you to make comparisons. Sweeping sweeping
Day 1,211: The Island of Stone Money
Wed 25.04.12: YAPPITY YAP! The Federated States of Micronesia is divided into four states: Kosrae, Pohnpei, Chuuk and Yap. Funnily enough, Yap is the only
Day 1,212: The Jolly Jellies of Palau
Thu 26.04.12: WOW. No, seriously, WOW. Talk about saving the best for last. PALAU YOU ROCK MY WORLD!! Straight into my top five countries, methinks.