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Dominican Republic: Bávaro, Punta Cana

Dominican Republic: Bávaro, Punta Cana

My partner, who we’ll call J, and I arrived in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic four days ago. After we stepped off the plane and got that first hit of humid Caribbean air, I turned to him and said — we are still very fresh.  Our clothes are still nicely rolled up in our pack, our skin is still relatively untanned and our Spanish is rough at best. We are still very. very fresh.

J on the beach in Bavaro. This photo was taken as soon as we arrived in Punta Cana, threw our bags on the floor of our room, took our hiking boots off and headed for the beach.  Photo: A Bergamin.

J on the beach…

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1:17pm. Monday April 7th 2014. Fuxing Park, Shanghai, China.

Grandparents watch the boy prince. An insight into modern Chinese life.

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Bye-bye, Bay Area

Andrew Molera State Park, California. Photo: A Bergamin.
Andrew Molera State Park, California. Photo: A Bergamin.

Andrew Molera State Park, California. Photo: A Bergamin.

Almost every time I return from a trip abroad and land back at my parent’s house in Australia, my dad asks me the same question: what did you learn? As I stand looking down at my California life now packed into a backpack and one small box that question seems more pertinent than ever.

After calling the San Francisco Bay Area home for the…

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Top 5 Travel Destinations of 2014

Top 5 Travel Destinations of 2014

I love reading Lonely Planet’s yearly top travel destination lists.

I certainly don’t always agree, but there is not one country in the world that I am not interested in visiting. And there are probably only two places that I won’t be able to visit because of religious or logistical reasons: Mecca and space. I think that everywhere else, if I get the chance, will be incredible.

But reading those…

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