Tom Chun is "Rolling Down Under"...Somewhere!

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International traveler, scuba diver, photographer, and sometime correspondent Tom Chun has launched off on another jaunt. This time he is meandering around the Pacific. Below is from his newsletter:

Rolling Down Under - Part I

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Dear Friends,

It's another crazy adventure in progress for me. My mission: to find Nemo for my two darling nieces. The title of my travelogue is not 100% correct. I just left Fiji, am now in Australia, and will be in New Zealand afterwards. Some of you may be wondering what happened to my human mule, my brother Paul, who traveled with me last summer. Well, I left the gate open and he got lost and wandered away. LOL! I am traveling solo this time. Seriously though, Paul just returned from Africa where he took some amazing photos: paulchun.shutterfly.com

"Bula, Bula!" from the Islands of Fiji. The Fijian people are some of the most hospitable and friendly that I have encountered on my travels. The guys are big, tall, and burly; and and crazy about rugby. I believe there's a 400lb. bench press that you have to achieve to become an honorary Fijian (j/k!). I'm working on it. LOL! I took some boat trips to see a couple of the 300 surrounding Islands (most uninhabitable). One trip was to Beachcomber Island, a party Island for the young, but there are resorts for honeymooners and relaxation as well. On a second Island trip, we "sailed" (the crew casted the sails up, but they used the engine on board for the duration) to "Snorkel Island". The crew carried me on/off/all over the boat and around the Island. The snorkeling was fantastic, but no Nemo! On our way back our ship's engine broke down and we had to call in for a smaller boat to save us before nightfall. I thought I had signed up for a day cruise, but it turned out that they upgraded me to a sunset cruise. Fiji time!!! I like it! I have met some great new friends and hope to visit them some day soon. I'm now in Cairns, near the Great Barrier Reef. I will be doing some scuba diving soon. So, the elusive Nemo will perhaps show up after all. Today I took the scenic train to Kuranda that winds around the rainforest north of Cairns. The train cabin they lifted me up on (literally, it was like a small forklift) was brand spanking new. From there, I took the Skyrail back down over the top of the rainforest. The scenery and smells were spectacular! It was a breath of fresh air. Photos at: tompchun.shutterfly.com under "Down Under - Part I" Old blogs at: tompchun.blogspot.com Ciao, Tom =) "International Man of Leisure"

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