SYDNEY GREAT COASTAL WALK

Unlike the fabled New Yorker who has never been to the Statue of Liberty I consciously try to enjoy the sights available to me in my own “backyard”. For this reason I’ve scaled Australia’s highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko, several times over the years. This remarkable feat has consisted of undertaking a 3 hour drive before…

The Alps – Innsbruck and Surrounds

Want to feel small and humble? Stand at the foot of a mountain and look up. Want a thrill ride? Ride a cable car up a mountain. Want to feel invigorated? Go hiking on a mountain. Want to feel like you’re king of the world? Survey creation from a mountain peak. Even a casual mountain…

Warsaw – A Streetlife Cornucopia!

As my last two posts contained some pretty heavy duty discussions about the miseries inflicted upon Central European countries by their Communist regimes I thought I would lighten things up a bit to quash any budding misconceptions that my trip was all serious business.  And the best way I can think of doing that is…

THE LEGACY OF COMMUNISM – PART II – BERLIN

As I stated in one of my earlier posts, the past travails associated with Communism are fading in many East European countries as stores are now filled with goods, late model cars ply roadways and there is a plethora of fast food places.  And so it is in Berlin.  However Berlin has recognised its historical…

THE LEGACY OF COMMUNISM – PART I

My parents left Belgium and crossed the Atlantic Ocean to Canada in 1953. (They had never returned to Poland after the War.) Their emigration was driven by my father’s belief that it was only a matter of time before Joseph Stalin would try to conquer the parts of Europe that weren’t already under the Soviet…

Central Europe 2013

The primary goal of my trip to Central Europe was to visit Poland so that after 57 years I could finally acquaint myself with relatives on my father’s side.  As my parents left (“fled” would actually be a more appropriate word) Europe and its post-war Communist troubles prior to my birth in 1956, I had…

An Early Retirement

After 26 years in the Australian Public Service (APS), plus a few years of employment in Canada before that, I “retired” from employment in June 2012, 56 years of age. I can’t say that I was sorry to leave the APS. I was epically bored for the last five years of my employment; which can…