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March 2012 – 12 by 12   Leave a comment

The final post of our highlights of one year of marriage.

So here we are one year on and what a year.  This month we moved to our temporary new home in Altona.  A busy day was spent with the hire car ferrying house stuff from IKEA and our existing gear from the hostel.  Wine and a Chinese takeaway were our reward.Kerry got into the flow of her  new job.  I launched my very own photography sales website with some of my favourite photographs from our travels (and a few before we set off).  I bid a sad farewell to my travel converse.  They served me well for a year.  Walking along the seafront in Altona was a nice way to reflect on one year of marriage and what we have seen and done in that time.  It was also great to imagine what the next year will hold.  What country will we be in for our second anniversary?

By Stefan Palmer

A selection of my favourite images from this blog are available to buy at stefanpalmer.photium.com

Stefan Palmer

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February 2012 – 12 by 12   Leave a comment

February turned out to be a pretty quiet month.  As Kerry and I neared our first wedding anniversary, we were busy looking for a semi permanent home to settle in Australia due to Kerry getting a job.  What a find we made with firstly Blyth Street and Altona in general.  The lease was signed and a moving in date of 9th March was set.  Then the plotting started.  What and where do we get furniture from on a miniscule budget?  In between the planning further exploration of Melbourne was made.  A walk in the Park in Carlton Gardens, more catching up with friends, packing our gear once more for the move to Altona and Kerry was getting into the swing of the whole work thing.

By Stefan Palmer

A selection of my favourite images from this blog are available to buy at stefanpalmer.photium.com

Stefan Palmer

January 2012 – 12 by 12   Leave a comment

Further continuing the highlights of our first year of marriage

We finally finished our dive master courses. It felt like nothing happened for a long time then suddenly we were visiting the island for the last time.  A couple of days later we bid a sad farewell to Alana and chelsea and before we knew it were on the plane heading for Melbourne.  We had a few days in a very nice hotel then checked into the excellent space hotel where we became long term residents while I looked for work. It took about 3 weeks until I found a great job in my field.  In between job hunting we visited the botanical gardens, went to the tennis and met up with friends.

By Kerry Feely

A selection of my favourite images from this blog are available to buy at stefanpalmer.photium.com

Stefan Palmer

December 2011 – 12 by 12   Leave a comment

This month we continued our Divemaster training with many weekend trips to Pelorus Island. Some were very challenging with the weather conditions (I have the scars to remind me). It was heading towards the height of the Australia summer (it was very hot). We spent a weird Christmas thousands of miles from home (and my first every away from home) watching the Aussies having their BBQ’s and sunbathing on the beach. Kerry and I had our heads in our diving books preparing for exams. New Year was spent at 800 metres above sea level in much cooler temperatures in a nature reserve called Mount Zero. We slept under the stars, drank lots of beer and wine and went looking for Australia wildlife, spotting geckos, green possums and loads of birds. It was a brilliant new year.

By Stefan Palmer.

A selection of my favourite images from this blog are available to buy at stefanpalmer.photium.com

Stefan Palmer

October 2011 – 12 by 12   Leave a comment

Continuing our damp Vietnam experience, Kerry and I spent my birthday in Saigon and had a great Mexican meal. We visited the scary tunnels where the Vietnamese took refuge during the war with the US. It was then our first plane trip of our adventure to Kuala Lumpar. What a great place that was, with the spectacular Protonus Towers and panoramic night time views from the KL Tower. It was in KL that we visited the Elephant sanctuary and had a brilliant day being entertained by those wise old animals. Finally during October we arrived in Australia for the next leg of our adventure…….

By Stefan Palmer

A selection of my favourite images from this blog are available to buy at stefanpalmer.photium.com

Stefan Palmer

September 2011 – 12 by 12   Leave a comment

Further continuing the highlights of our first year of marriage

In September we managed to visit three countries. The end of the first part of our tour found us in Hong Kong – an amazing city where East truly meets West in a fusion of English road signs, dumpling houses and mega malls. We spent the day on the beach a stone’s throw from the skyscrapers, and hardly slept for three nights. It was there we met our second tour group, and continued into Southern China where we were fortunate to be invited to a Chinese family’s house for their Autumn festival celebrations – a traditional meal including… chicken feet!!!

The tour continued into Vietnam where we trekked in Sapa, the mountainous north, all steep hills, thick mists and incredible views. Next stop was Ha Noi where the tour officially ended, but the group decided to visit Ha Long Bay where we found ourselves marooned on a deserted island called Cat Ba after a day of deep water soloing and sea kayaking. As has been a tradition on this trip the quietest places were the most fun and an afternoon of Cat Ba Games and Cat Ba Karaoke we fell asleep to the sound of the sea.

We said goodbye to our new friends on the mainland and Stef and I continued southwards through Vietnam. We visited the ancient capital Hue before heading on to pretty Hoi An , then managed to find an excellent dive school in Na Trang and finally finishing in Saigon. My overriding memory of Vietnam is the rain. From the second we bid farewell to our tour group until we finally made our escape it rained. Poured in fact. Every. Single. Day. But what a country!

By Kerry Feely

A selection of my favourite images from this blog are available to buy at stefanpalmer.photium.com

Stefan Palmer

August 2011 12 by 12   Leave a comment

Dominated by China. Another country I never thought I would visit. Firstly the end of our Trans Siberian trip and Vladivostok on the eastern tip of Russia. So eastern next stop USA. With its rusting Navel fleet and the huge impressive suspension bridge under construction. We were sad to leave Russia and our Trans Siberian journey but knew China would be awsome.

China. Probably the highlight of the whole little adventure. Incredible, diverse and ancient Beijing. Then the amazing Great Wall, the white washed simplicity of Xi Tang, an absolute soaking in Xi An, Shanghi with its cool skyline and homecooked food and bike rides in Yungshou. Everyone we met in China was kind, helpful and greeted us with a warm smile. To top it all the brilliant group of people to share the experiences all with and a wonderful guide in Ting Ting.

By Stefan Palmer

A selection of my favourite images from this blog are available to buy at stefanpalmer.photium.com

Stefan Palmer