“A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step” - Lao Tzu. Well, after months of planning I’ve finally taken that first step. Now I find myself in a foreign city on the first day of my Wanderjahr. Thankfully (due to smart planning) ...by dcampSaturday, 20 July 2013
My obsession with traveling around the world came from two primary sources – both books. The first was Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Vern and the second was A Vagabond Journey Around the World by Harry Franck. Both of these books made it abu ...by dcampMonday, 15 July 2013
When the travel bug first hit me I wrote down all of the places I wanted to visit in a 150 destination Global Bucket List. Who would have ever thought that this wouldn't end up being enough? You can find the list by reading my blog: A Tale of 2 Buck ...by dcampMonday, 14 October 2013
At one point or another everyone dreams about exploring the world and experiencing all that it has to offer. I first developed the travel bug when I was a young boy and its stuck with me for my whole life (and I'm not exactly a young boy anymore). ...by dcampFriday, 13 December 2013
Yes, I've been meaning to write a followup to my earlier blog post "Sunsets" – but, you know how things always get in the way... been busy travelling, you see... A personal goal of mine has been to see a sunrise on as many continents as possible, an ...by foamfollowerThursday, 25 July 2013
Zoos are a place that we've all visited at one time or another. Some are good, some not so good. Well, over the weekend I cam across a place that made me look at the keeping of animals in a whole new light. It's called the Pearcedale Moonlit Sanct ...by dcampTuesday, 02 July 2013
I think I must have been about 12 years old when I first started to seriously dream about traveling. It all started when I went with a friend to an enormous used book store (more like a barn) near my home in New Jersey. It was here that I came acro ...by dcampSaturday, 14 December 2013
On my travels throughout the world, I've seen many, many great sites, met a lot of interesting people, and tasted lots of food (some good and some not so good.) Although I certainly am not a fruitarian, I do have a keen eye for fruit – and on my tra ...by neytiri12345Wednesday, 02 October 2013
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It's hard to really understand how the Sydney Opera House has become such a famous icon. First off, it's not really a very attractive building. But then again, it is unique. Secondly, it wasn't even designed by an Australian. Then again, neither was the Statue of Liberty. Okay, it seems like my arguments aren't really stacking up here, so I'll just go with the fact that it is arguably Australia's most famous landmark. That obviously counts for something. The other thing that must be considered is that it does sit on the shores of one of the world's greatest natural harbors and is situated nicely in the shadow of another famous landmark, the Sydney Harbor Bridge. When you consider all this I'm starting to wonder why I ever began the argument in the first place.
One of the coolest things about the Opera House is that it's not just a landmark, but also a world class venue. Acts in just the last year have ranged from the Opera Winfrey Show to Sting with a huge variety of others in between. Even for those who wouldn't normally sit through an Opera or a Symphony Orchestra performance often give these more dignified pursuits a try just because of where they're being held. What more could you even want from a landmark than the ability to entice people to try new things. Not to mention the fact that other than perhaps Times Square in NYC, it's arguably the next coolest place on the planet to spend New Year's Eve.
From the Opera House all you need to do is look left toward the mouth of the Harbor (too far to actually see) and you can't possibly miss the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Construction on the bridge began in the 1920's and it is still the world's widest long-span bridge. For a long time it was also the tallest structure in Sydney and was the city's foremost landmark for nearly 30 years before the Opera House took that honor away. But regardless of this fact, it has one thing that the Opera House can never claim. It can be climbed!
You bet, each year literally thousands pull on a gray jumpsuit and harness and walk up what the locals affectionately refer to as "The Coathanger". The climb takes about 3 hours to complete and is conducted under the close supervision of a guide. You're not allowed to take anything with you (including cameras), but the cost of the climb includes a photo of you standing at the top of the bridge with the Opera House in the background. You gotta admit that's kinda cool!
Anyway, if you plan a trip "Down Under" and Sydney is on your itinerary, don't miss the Opera House or the Harbor Bridge. They're both awesome!