Australia and Oceania, Asia · 65 Days · 9 Moments · January 2017

Jane's adventures this term

5 April 2017

INDIA Chennai - Pondicherry Our first stop in India was not very inspiring... Chennai, India's largest industrial city, was hopelessly ginormous and grimy in comparison to the city (Colombo) we had just left. However we stayed a couple days to get our feet on the ground and attempted to get our phones working (this did not come to fruition). After Chennai we quickly made our way to Pondicherry which was a sort of French speaking haven in India in which we biked around the side streets, ate croissants, and sipped cold drinks on rooftops while basking in the calmness (relative to Chennai) of the lovely town.

17 March 2017

Ella - Arugam Bay - Batticaloa - Sigiriya - Trincomalee - Kandy - Kitulagala Somehow we managed to score some waves in Arugam Bay (the famed surfing spot in Sri Lanka) before the beginning of the season, what a treat! Then we travelled up the coast to Batticaloa, definitely a different vibe up there compared to the south, we later learned that this used to be one of the main bases of the Tamil Tigers. Then over to Sigiriya where we stayed at a funky hostel in the jungle and met some new friends, including another Canadian (Kim) who continued to travel with us. We snorkelled in Trinconmalee where we saw sea turtles and a couple of sharks! Spent my birthday in Kandy waking up in a jungle and dining at one of the nicest places to eat in Sri Lanka. Then we went white water rafting in Kitulagala, my first time! It has most definitely been a couple of adventure-filled weeks.

9 March 2017

SRI LANKA Colombo - Hikkaduwa - Midigama - Udawalawe - Haputale It has been a busy week and a half so far in Sri Lanka. We began our journey by going south from Colombo down to the famed beaches. There we took many tuk tuks, ate many curries, surfed, and saw some of the most amazing sunsets I've ever seen before. We then decided to take a break from the humid and very hot weather, so we headed north to Udawalawe National Park where we did a safari in the early morning, we saw many colourful birds and elephants. Now we are up in the hill country at 1500m, checking out tea plantations (including where Lipton tea began!) and scootering around the hilly region.

1 March 2017

Brisbane/Gold Coast Australia for 6 days! A bit of a whirlwind of beaches, large animals, and attempting to get used to 30 degree heat. We spent most of our time on the Gold Coast at Gemma's place right across the street from the beach, perfect for swimming multiple times a day. We drove down to Evans Head one night and stayed at one of Jesse's friend's places in the bush. I saw a kangaroo! I was very excited about that. Our last day we drove to the famed Byron Bay and took in the beautiful beaches.

20 February 2017

Norfolk Island We filled our days with swimming in the warm ocean water, fishing off of rocks, having cuppa with family and friends, and generally trying to not get sunburnt. We were also lucky enough to visit Phillip Island, a little island 6km off the coast of Norfolk, as well as spend a night camping on the beach at Anson Bay. I feel I now understand why the locals call this place a little paradise in the middle of the South Pacific, it truly is a beautiful place filled with some very lovely people (and also has a very colourful history!)

15 February 2017

New Zealand North Island - Coroglen We spent 5 days on the North Island in Coroglen where we were warmly welcomed into the home and farm of Jesse's Aunt Pam and Uncle Tony. Unfortunately it rained most of our time there but managed to do a fair bit including: learning lots about dairy farming and helping move cattle, hiking around the coromandel, bathing in hot pools that we dug on hot water beach, and drinking lots of tea!

14 February 2017

New Zealand South Island We have finally returned from our South Island road trip, I am more freckley, covered in sandfly bites and very happy. Our rental wagon took us all the way to Mount Cook, Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound, the West Coast, and up to Kaikoura. In all it was about 3000 km! Thank you Jesse for driving the whole time and to our questionable rental car for pulling through. The South Island is full of interesting animals I've never seen before (the kea and glow worms), some pretty beautiful landscapes and some pretty nice accents. We managed to squeeze in a few hikes and were lucky enough to have some nice weather to freckle in.

1 February 2017

Christchurch/ Hickory Bay/ Akaroa My first full day in New Zealand, while I was still unsure of whether the jet lag had truly set in quite yet, we decided to take a little day trip from Christchurch to Hickory Bay and Akaroa. It was a lovely, windy drive through the countryside and we even managed to find the sun despite the temperamental weather. At Hickory bay, while there was no surf, we were greeted by a beach all to ourselves (with the addition of two cows that had strayed from their pasture and unfortunately toppled down the hill on to the rocks below). After a little hike up a mountain to get some views, we drove to Akaroa where we ate some 'world renowned' fish and chips (said every fish and chips place ever, however these ones were actually quite good) and walked around the quaint New Zealand version of a French town.

31 January 2017

The following are some snippets of the travels I am embarking on this term in lieu of school (don't worry I'll be back in September). Created mostly so my parents know I am alive, however it's also nice to keep whoever is interested intermittently updated. So hope you enjoy these occasional entries :)