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May 19, 2006

may, autumn-summer-spring


Melbourne, morning, 50F degrees, beginning of winter

Somewhere in Asian, night, 85F dgrees, middle of summer

And Tokyo, afternoon, 70F degrees, end of (rather cold) spring

First lunch back home - "today's fish lunch set" with broiled marinated fish filets. Almost too typical a Japanese.

Yes I am back, finally - with lots of sweets, some wines, several extra pounds of weight (ouch!), and tons of photos. It's been about a week now since I returned from my eventful three-month stay in Australia and New Zealand. Life has been just as busy back here, but somehow my mind seems to be still drifting somewhere over the other hemisphere, and as far as blogging is concerned, I'm frankly overwhelmed by the amount of photos that I (almost too easily) took there. I don't even know where to start or how to describe all that I saw and did down under all this time; two months in Melbourne, several days each in Tasmania, Auckland, and Perth. I have been to many places and done many things, there's no doubt about it, but when I look at my pictures and think about things I see in them, what lies the very center of it is the people I met and spent my time with there. If it were not for them, my oz/nz stay this time around would have been not only far less fun but would not have happened at all - in a way, it was a journey to meet friends I had known from before and beyond. So my utmost thanks and appreciation go to those people, especially those who ever so kindly shared their precious time and roomspace. Thank you very much for putting me up, and putting up with me. I've had a wonderful time everywhere I've been to in Australia and New Zealand, and it's you that made it all that way.



Now, as you might have suspected, I still have a long way to go before I could be done with travelogging - I've got Tasmania, Auckland, Perth, and the last bit of Melbourne left. While busy working with the seemingly neverending task of photo-editing, I have at least some photos to share, ones I took when we did a Great Ocean Road drive back in early April.

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Click any of the thumbnails above or here to launch a slideshow of the entire set of my Great Ocean Road photos. More posts/photos should follow in a short while - or so I intend. Wish me luck!

10 comments:

Luisa said...

Gorgeous photos. Simply stunning. Especially the lighthouse, and sand... 

Posted by Luisa

Pinkity said...

Welcome back!!! :) Thanks for the beautiful picture you've been feeding us!  

Posted by p|nk

purplecupcake said...

Wonderful photos! 

Posted by Purple Cupcake

Janice said...

Welcome home...I've enjoyed watching your journey. Thanks for sharing. 

Posted by Janice

Anthony said...

Chika
It was an absolute pleasure having you stay and we appreciate it that you could make it over.

I'm looking forward to seeing more of your lovely pics 

Posted by anthony

Scott said...

Fantastic shots! First-rate stuff...

Glad you had a wonderful time, that you're enjoying life, and I hope your Tokyo-life treats you well now that you're back.

Stefanie said...

Love all your photography. Good job! I've linked to you, hope that's OK :) 

Posted by Stefanie

Catherine said...

I loved your wonderful slide show! I so  have to see that before I die! 

Posted by catherine

chika said...

Hi there, thank you all for welcome-home calls and sharing my journey... I am glad if you enjoyed the photo from the Great Ocean Road, which actually was utterly great. I highly recommend it as a 1- or 2-day excursion from Melbourne.

Anthony, thanks again for having me. You two are great hosts, may be too much so for your own good, as you've tempted me to come and visit again!

Stefanie, thanks for the link :)

claudy said...

Chika,

I found you through DeliciousDays.com which I found ... well, you know what its like.

I love your Great Ocean Road series, being from Melbourne it is one of my favorite spots.

Keep shooting - your photos are sublime.

Claudy 

Posted by claudy