Singapore, New Zealand & Australia: By the Numbers

In November, Kail and I took a monthlong R&R to Singapore, New Zealand and Australia (not to be confused with our three-week R&R to Australia, New Zealand and Singapore in 2015). I plan to make annual excursions to New Zealand. Kail disagrees — something about it being “too expensive” and “bank-account-draining.” Pffft.We’ll just have to move there. BecauseContinue reading “Singapore, New Zealand & Australia: By the Numbers”

Australia | Blue Mountains

Jamison Valley.Our last full day in Sydney, Vicky took us to the Blue Mountains to visit Scenic World, a sort of amusement park tourist attraction, minus the roller coasters. The Blue Mountains begin about 30 miles or so west of Sydney proper, although they’re still considered part of the greater Sydney region.

Australia | Vivid

Our visit to Sydney happened to coincide with the last weekend of Vivid, a light, music and art festival that sets aglow Sydney’s iconic buildings and lights up other areas of town with multimedia installations. It was awesome to see the Sydney Opera House by day; it was even more awesome to see the Sydney Opera HouseContinue reading “Australia | Vivid”

Australia | Sydney

Our epic three-week R&R began with five nights in Sydney, where we blissfully had zero work to do in terms of planning thanks to our gracious hosts, Vicky and David, who let us crash at their apartment in lovely Coogee Beach and shepherded us around town. Kail and I really only had to fend for ourselvesContinue reading “Australia | Sydney”

Australia, New Zealand & Singapore | By the Numbers

Kail and I recently returned from an amazing three-week R&R to Australia, New Zealand and Singapore — our fifth and final R&R/RRB from Afghanistan. It was three distinct vacations in one and an amazing experience for which words and photos can’t do it justice, particularly the beauty of New Zealand.