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This is a collection of my blog entries related to short or long trips I, or Jennifer and I went on.
I have some master pages for some specific locations/trips:

Paris over many years | Australia over many years | Canada over many years | Japan over multiple trips | Italy in 2011 | France in 2013 | Indonesia in 2013 | Japan in 2013 | Japan in 2014 | Taiwan in 2014 | Indonesia in 2014 | New Zealand in 2015 | Japan in 2015 | Costa Rica in 2015 | Singapore in 2016 | South Korea in 2016 | Japan in 2016 | Germany in 2016 | Belgium | Tasmania 2017 | Japan in winter 2017 | Great Britain in 2017 | Australia Flying Safari 2017 | Philippines 2018 | Spain in 2018 | Alaska in 2019 |

Table of Content for trips:

More pages: February 2020 January 2020 December 2019 November 2019 October 2019 September 2019 June 2019 May 2019 March 2019 February 2019 January 2019 December 2018 November 2018 October 2018 September 2018 June 2018 May 2018 January 2018 December 2017 November 2017 October 2017 September 2017 August 2017 July 2017 June 2017 February 2017 January 2017 December 2016 October 2016 September 2016 August 2016 July 2016 June 2016 May 2016 April 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 October 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 September 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 October 2012 September 2012 June 2012 April 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 June 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 September 2010 August 2010 May 2010 January 2010 September 2009 August 2009 June 2009 January 2009 December 2008 August 2008 February 2008 January 2008 October 2007 July 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 October 2006 August 2006 July 2006 April 2006 March 2006 January 2006 December 2005 September 2005 August 2005 July 2005 June 2005 April 2005 December 2004 October 2004 July 2004 June 2004 January 2004 January 2003 January 2001 August 1997



2020/01/26 Visiting Dallas During Chinese New Year
π 2020-01-26 01:01 in Trips
While visiting Jennifer's family for Chinese New Year, we spent a day in Dallas. We started with what I call the zooquarium. It had as many non aquarium animals as aquarium animals, but it was cool:

what fish is that? :)
what fish is that? :)












The Dallas Museum of Art was quite good, and free. Easily worth 2-3 hours:













2020/01/11 A Few Days in the Gold Coast: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Springbrook NP, Dreamworld
π 2020-01-11 01:01 in Australia, Trips

I had to fly through Auckland which nicely made me go back through security and took all my stuff apart needlessly
I had to fly through Auckland which nicely made me go back through security and took all my stuff apart needlessly

As soon as I landed, I had a bit of extra time before the the Springbrook NP, so I took my luggage in an uber directly to nearby Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary to spend a couple of hours. It was my 3rd time there, but still fun to see:



animal hospital
animal hospital






Next, I took my luggage to my Gold Coast hotel and got picked up by my half day Springbrook NP tour. The views were not fantastic due to the light smoke in the air, but the air was actually much better than most of Australia that was being ravaged by fire. Still, the NP was nice:




some bats happily sleeping there
some bats happily sleeping there


I always carry seeds for a good reason :)
I always carry seeds for a good reason :)




the best viewpoint in the world was not stellar due to the air
the best viewpoint in the world was not stellar due to the air

The next day, I went to Dreamworld, a combined amusement/water park, which was worth 1.5 days. It's a weird mix of amusement park, animal park, and water park:






first time with a tree kangaroo, they are normally not very social
first time with a tree kangaroo, they are normally not very social





good climbers
good climbers

I got copiously yelled at for daring to take/use my camera on this ride
I got copiously yelled at for daring to take/use my camera on this ride





that's a bigger cat than I'd play with myself :)
that's a bigger cat than I'd play with myself :)

They had a good section on haborigenes and their cultures:




they have a story of a creation snake
they have a story of a creation snake



The next day, I went back for Whitewater World, the water section of the park, and worked on getting better at the wave thing. It was much harder than it seems, but I got a bit better at it:


most of the time that is :)
most of the time that is :)

The rest of the water park was quite nice too





I had a half day left after the water park, so I went back to Holoverse and tried their other games:




We had been to the gold coast twice already, so there wasn't too much that I hadn't seen yet:



I tried expensive wagyu in a highly rated steak restaurant, and it was not melt in your mouth despite the very steep price
I tried expensive wagyu in a highly rated steak restaurant, and it was not melt in your mouth despite the very steep price



Just like last time, they have a little street market, which I went to visit:





I had a free ticket to go to the observatory again, so I did:







More pages: February 2020 January 2020 December 2019 November 2019 October 2019 September 2019 June 2019 May 2019 March 2019 February 2019 January 2019 December 2018 November 2018 October 2018 September 2018 June 2018 May 2018 January 2018 December 2017 November 2017 October 2017 September 2017 August 2017 July 2017 June 2017 February 2017 January 2017 December 2016 October 2016 September 2016 August 2016 July 2016 June 2016 May 2016 April 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 October 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 September 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 October 2012 September 2012 June 2012 April 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 June 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 September 2010 August 2010 May 2010 January 2010 September 2009 August 2009 June 2009 January 2009 December 2008 August 2008 February 2008 January 2008 October 2007 July 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 October 2006 August 2006 July 2006 April 2006 March 2006 January 2006 December 2005 September 2005 August 2005 July 2005 June 2005 April 2005 December 2004 October 2004 July 2004 June 2004 January 2004 January 2003 January 2001 August 1997

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