A year in Australia

To see a map and information about Australia click here (this will open a new browser). You can also click here to see the site map.

Unfortunately, I lost a lot of my journal from that year, and didn't take a lot of pictures

And...I'm very sorry, but though I used the Opera house as an icon on the main page, and as the background for this page, I don't feel like putting up a big picture of it (everyone knows what it looks like, anyway).

Here are a few others:

I guess I'd better start with this one. I saw a ton of kangaroos when I was in the Outback, and lots of wallabies. They mostly seem to come out at night, though, so I don't have a lot of pictures.
Here's an emu. My other meeting with an emu was pretty scary. Four of us were travelling through the middle of the Outback in an old station wagon. I was driving, and after a couple of hours of being lulled by the emptiness of the place, an emu darted out in front of the car. I slammed on the brakes, swerved, and missed it. That certainly woke me up.
This is an ibis. I was just hanging around the Sydney Botanical Gardens, reading a book. Then I looked up and saw this bird RUNNING towards me. I have no idea what he was thinking. He ran up to me and around me, and then ran away. If he had any idea how ridiculous he looks, I'm sure he would be more shy.

Soon after arriving in Australia, I went on a surfing/camping trip with Steph, whom I had met in Turkey (go to the page where I met Steph).

Of course, I don't know how to surf, but I gave it a go.

So here I am (on the left) in my wetsuit with a guy named JP. JP was another American; although he had only been in Australia for six weeks, was already saying “mate” all the time. I didn't like him much. By the way, check out the HUGE waves we were attacking. Watch out Hawaii, this place is competition.
These are the boards we had on our trip. The biggest one was over nine feet tall.
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