Australia – Byron Bay

Ask anyone in Australia and they’ll talk about Byron Bay.
It seems like a good place now I’ve got here – not quite sure why it deserves such a reputation, but it’s a nice beach, and cool town (for once, the town’s not alongside the beach, but more perpendicular).

First day here, I wandered along the beach and climbed up the viewpoint at the end, to watch a pod of whales going past. Cool eh?

I then wandered back into town to find some breakfast and ran into Ian Mackay from Uni. Haven’t seen him in about 5 years, so it’s strange to run into him out here in the middle of nowhere. It turns out he’s done much the same as me – same job for a few years, and travelling for about 6 months. I was wondering how long it would be before I ran into someone I knew…

To recap the past few days, I got back to the cold from Tokyo to Sydney. I had a few beers and a barbie with Matt, then got the train up the coast..

Japan – Quakes!

Waking up to a shaking in the night is a weird experience. Being in the lowest of a tri-storey bed, you usually assume someone above you has got lucky – but not last night. We all noticed the shaking. It felt very odd.
There’s a single news report I’m aware of:,5478,10360160%255E1702,00.html