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GO! Smell The Adventurer

Posted on June 9th, 2008 by angesbiz

I was thinking it’s great to hear from Jim and Emma and their adventure on the ranch in Canada and asking about our own bucket lists. Well one the things I am going to do in just over a week from now is trek the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea and we, that is the team I’m a part of, will be leaving very cold Melbourne on the 20th June to head over to a tropical environment where the temperatures range between 85 Farenheit/30 Celcius during the day and 75 Farenheit/23 Celcius at night with around 77% humidity.

Kokoda Track Roots

The last four months I have spent training in the Dandenong Ranges in Melbourne climbing the 1000 steps and the Glasgow Rd trek which is a rugged mountain of uneven steps and can be very slippery coming down. This is the suggested training in preparation for the Kokoda Trail (this link is a map of the trek), as well as sessions in the gym and a weekend away trekking mountains for five and three hour sessions one day after another.

The track itself is a 96km single footpath with unrelenting climbs and slippery steep descents. It was the scene of a very horrendous battle between the Aussie soldiers – nicknamed “chocos” and the Japanese which the diggers managed to stave off and prevent from invading Australia along the northern coast during WWII. There is a lot of history on that track and oh… it’s VERY muddy too. I will be right out of my comfort zone as I have never hiked or camped away from civilization and once you are on the track, there’s no getting out except via the finish line.

We will be camping in villages for the most part, maybe get a hot shower at the end of the night, there will be plenty of river crossings and I will definitely employ a personal porter to carry the bulk of my belongings. I will carry my essentials of 4 litres of water per day, my snack packs made up mainly of sugar fixes and cup of soups for lunches. I will also have an emergency medical kit in my pack and my camera. The rest which is made up of a couple of changes of clothes (one for night and one spare), towel, sleeping bag and mat, spare socks, running shoes just in case, a journal for writing my experience, pen, some toiletries, a head torch and spare batteries and that’s about it! Very basic for the 8 day trek!

I should explain that the reason I chose to go on this trek is because it is a great personal challenge and a good way of finding out exactly what I am made of. I think I am mentally tough and this trek will show me just how much! As my journey progresses through my personal development, this kind of challenge will only help me on my way. After all, if I don’t put myself out there and get out of my comfort zone, how else will I know what I am capable of?

Has anyone here done any trekking like this before? Would you like to be adventurous and get out of your comfort zone or are you comfortable with yourself as you are? Do you think you will attempt this or something similar? Am I crazy leaving two young kids and my partner behind to take this on? Yes I want some feedback… good and/or bad. Let me know your thoughts on this.

PS: I forgot to mention that this is some of the most pristine rainforest around and I’m glad I don’t have to fly all the way to Brazil to experience this… not yet anyway… maybe next time.

GO! Smell the returning flowers!

Posted on June 8th, 2008 by Jim

Hi gang from Toronto where we have the bonus of internet access! The first time in 18 days and it’s amazing how slow the old typing GO!s after what seems like an eternity pretty much offline. First off a HUGE thanks to all the founders who have kept the garden growing since we signed off on May 21st – only once did we get a chance to take a peak at GO! Smell the flowers and were so proud of the content that this community is producing.

Having survived the saddle soreness of the Homeplace Ranch in Alberta and heading onto the sights and sounds of Havana, Cuba  - Em’s 40th birthday went according to plan in our latest adventure where we met some incredible people from all walks of life. We’ll be downloading some of the highlights of the trip here at flowers when we’ve re-grouped back in Dubai.

Visits to Cuba and Canada where two of the things on our bucket list  -things we wanted to do before we die that we’d mentioned before we left. Here’s the trailer for the film that we saw on our flight from Thailand:

Do share with us one thing on your bucket list that you MUST DO before you are pushing up the flowers and WHEN you intend to do it by. It can be travel, family, finance, writing, reading, watching or just plain old whatever you want it to be – Cheers!

Go See Nature at her Finest!

Posted on April 26th, 2008 by A/C

These were just sent to me… and for something completely out of left field. Here is a little inspiration from Nature herself.


So what is this so special about this Ice?
The water froze the instant the wave broke through the ice. That’s what it is like in Antarctica where it is the coldest weather in decades. Water freezes the instant it comes in contact with the air. The temperature of the water is already some degrees below freezing point.Just look at how the wave froze in mid-air!!!

There are more images over at Aussie click the link its hiding….

What is the most amazing natural event you have seen recently?

GO! Smell the graffiti!

Posted on March 13th, 2008 by Jim

GO! Smell the flowers asks – is Graffiti an issue where you live AND can it be classed as an art form, really?


What would you do if you saw a ‘graffiti artist’ spraying merrily away?

Do scribe your thoughts right here in comments.

Go across the Tasman!

Posted on March 13th, 2008 by A/C

With the launch of Blog Idol my greatest hope is that a New Zealander will make the top three.  Australians and Kiwi’s (New Zealanders) have always had a little rivalry. The biggest problem we have is in accents, you guys think we are hard to understand!.  So for all those thinking of travel to this Land, here is some basic translation to help you on your way. You should say each word out loud to get the right effect…..enjoy!

By the Way any Kiwis out there Enter Enter Enter…. we got to get the Southern Hemisphere noticed more….

Milburn – capital of Victoria
Peck – to fill a suitcase
Pissed aside – chemical which kills insects

Nin tin dough – computer game
Munner stroney – soup
Min – male of the species
McKennock – person who fixes cars
Lift – departed
Kiri Pecker – famous Australian businessman
Kittle crusps – potato chips
Ken’s – Cairns
Jumbo – pet name for someone called Jim
Jungle Bills – Christmas carol
Inner me – enemy
Fush – marine creatures
Fitter cheney – type of pasta
Ever cardeau – avocado
Fear hear – blonde
Ear – mix of nitrogen and oxygen
Duffy cult – not easy
Amejen – visualise
Bug hut – popular recording
Bun button – been bitten by insect
Beard – a place to sleep
Tin – one more than nine
Iggs Ecktly – Precisely
Earplane – large flying machine
Beggage Chucken – place to leave your suitcase at the earport
Sivven Sucks Sivven – large Boeing aircraft
Sivven Four Sivven – larger Boeing aircraft
Cuds – children
For more information on please click here

At Emma’s Requests heres some for you to try post answers in the comments and see

what come up with… Have some fun…..

wear’ you frum?
R ya aven a gud time ?
R ya injoyen yoursilf in New Zilon?
Glad to hear it. Guluck with the res of trup.


GO! Smell Mumbai – Part 5

Posted on March 2nd, 2008 by Jim

Well with all the GO!ings on here with the new software, founder changes and the forum feature in the early stages of development we’ll crack on sharing our recent experiences of our visit to Mumbai right here.

Following on from fellow founder AngryinEllesmerePort’s post on GO! Get a proper job and Expat Inspirers ‘Career in your suitcase’ thread over at the Forum here’s what a few of India’s job seekers would answer!

1) Selling flowers at traffic lights:


2) Learning street art at an early age:


3) Our favourite that we saw in the 90 hours we were in Mumbai and this guy is doing far more than selling tools:


4) He is sharpening tools as he pedals – the faster the cycling the faster the grindstone and the better the result!

Talk about a tool peddler spinning the WHEEL and offering a BESPOKE service whilst keeping fit! Nose to the grindstone or what!


Awesome initiative! Do share any other jobs you’ve seen on your travels or where you live! Come on now, saddle up or give us a BRAKE ;-)

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