Australian solar power scientist travels the world for 15 years, takes photos, writes stuff, has toothpaste confiscated.

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Places I’ve Been

Alice came to a fork in the road. “Which road do I take?” she asked.
“Where do you want to go?” responded the Cheshire Cat.
“I don’t know,” Alice answered.
“Then,” said the Cat, “it doesn’t matter.”

― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Crikey, I’ve been to 35 countries (38 if you include short transits), shown in green below. In theory sounds like a lot but just check out all the places still to see! If you click on a green country, it will take you to articles I’ve written about it (yes, I’m a geek).



Full List of Countries … and Why I Visited

Clicking on the country will take you to articles I have written about it. Click here to see all the images below in beautiful large size, with extra information about each country.

Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Australia Australia

Born and raised in Sydney

Statue of Liberty, New York City, USA

Lived and worked in Portland and did research in Delaware


Only visited Tijuana as a kid- had fun

Cheshire Cheese Pub, London, England, UK England

Too many visits to count

The eerie underground tunnels of the Paris Catacombs, Paris France France

3 or 4 visits


Visited once; got notification of my TER (final highschool grade) here


Visited once

Die Mauer (The Wall), Berlin, Germany Germany

Worked for several German companies, too many visits to count

Looking over Jungfrau from Thun, Switzerland Switzerland

3 visits for work and play

Grand Canal in B&W, Venice, Italy Italy

3 visits

View from a little cottage in the Austrian Alps near St Anton, with a barn attached that smelled of cows. Stayed here for 2 nights. Austria Austria

3 visits

Longtail Boat Adventure, Ko Phi Phi Leh, Thailand Thailand

3 visits, love it

Flåm, Norway Norway

2 visits, extensive travels, one of my favourites

Stockholm Skärgård (Archipelago) Camping, Sweden Sweden

Visited once, extensive travels

The isolated abbey monastery of Montserrat, Spain Spain

4 visits including roadtrip from Malaga to Barcelona

Andorra la Vella, capital of Andorra Andorra

Visited for a couple days, travelling overland from Malaga in Spain to Rome.

In front of the casino at Monte Carlo, Monaco Monaco

Also visited the tiny country of Monaco, on the same trip going overland to Rome.

Colonial Singapore. View of the Arts House and Asian History Museum Singapore

Too many visits to count

Boat diving and having fun after a day of motoring from surf break to surf break, Maldives Maldives

Visited once

Christiania in Copenhagen, Denmark Denmark

Visited Copenhagen once

Cross Country Skiiing, near Juorkuna, Finland Finland

Finnish ex-gf, lived here for brief periods, extensive travels

The walls of Tallinn, Estonia Estonia

Visited twice

Island men, Moorea, Tahiti Tahiti

Visited once, threw coconuts around

Cook Islands

Short transit on way home from Tahiti, but wow!

Riding in the late, late, summer sun on the Isle of Skye, Scotland Scotland

Visited once, loved it

Niseko, Japan Japan

Visited twice, was here during 2011 9.0 earthquake

A barge packed to the brim with coal on Lake Tai, Wuxi, China China

Worked with several Chinese companies, 4 visits

Football at Sunset, Leblon Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Brazil

Fiancee is Brazilian. 4 visits and will get married there in 2014

Prague, Czech Republic Czech Republic

Visited Prague once for the weekend

Sheep and Mountains, New Zealand New Zealand

One visit, roadtrip both islands, loved it

The Capilano suspension bridge, British Columbia, Canada Canada

Visited twice

Neon lights, Seoul, Korea South Korea

Visited 3 times, had a lot of fun

Isle of Pines, New Caledonia New Caledonia

Visited once


Transited on way to/from Brazil


Transited on way home from Brazil

The incredible Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE United Arab Emirates

Visited twice

Looking towards North Korea from the UN Joint Security Area, Panmunjom. South Korean soldiers guard the border, which is the concrete threshold between the huts. North Korea

Only visited the North side of UN conference area in JSA

The incredible Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE Malaysia

Recently journeyed overland from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore.

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