About Me

Hi, thanks for stopping by.

As previously mentioned, we retired early with the idea of travelling as much as possible when and while we could. It’s just as well, because last year (2016) I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer, metastasised in numerous parts of my body including brain! (‘Terminal’ as the medical profession told me). Not in our plans as you can well imagine!

Not being a conventional woman, I’ve chosen to go for alternative therapies although I did have some initial ‘Palliative’ radiation. My treatments of choice are: Medicinal Cannabis (which is now legal in the state of New South Wales (NSW) Australia), Essiac, an Alkaline diet, L-Glutamine, Super Barley Green, Vitamin C and Slippery Elm.

It’s early days yet, but I have a good appetite, I’m not nauseous and I can function most days (if my MC dosage is right 😜). My pain management is mostly Paracetamol and / or Panadine), So, so far, so good!

Naturally our travelling has come to a grinding halt but I’m very hopeful that with time, I’ll be well enough to resume my life where it left off.

While there aren’t many recent posts of late, I’m sure you’ll be able to find some new location to you.

I would love to hear your comments on anything here. Have a great day and enjoy the present!

Take care and thank you for visiting! 😊

Updated January 2017

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Hi, I’m Sonia, thanks for stopping by.

So, a few years back we were retrenched and thought, ‘What the hell, let’s retire early and travel while we are fit and able’ and that’s what we’ve been doing ever since!

Last year (2015) we did a big seven months trip in our caravan around Australia. I loved our amazing country!

We’ve also visited Germany, Austria, Russia, The Netherlands, Estonia, Denmark, Sweden, New Zealand, Spain, France, Italy, Canada, Hawaii, Greece, Turkey, Malta and Bali. This year we have a couple of overseas trips planned, so you’ll get to hear about them too.

I love having reached the stage in my life that some call middle age or Senior. For me, it feels as if my life is just beginning. One thing I’ve found since retiring; I don’t know how I found time to work!

The aim of this blog is to show you places of interest that we’ve visited or came across. You might have visited the same locations yourself, but you know, there are so many variables; seasons, sunny days, festivities, floods, cloudy days and draughts to name a few. ‘Same, same but different’ if you know what I mean 🙂

My passion has been for many, many years landscape photography so it made sense to marry travel and photography and create this Blog!

I normally do just two posts a week, one on Wednesdays as a Hump Day Post and the Weekly Photo Challenge over the weekend by way of sharing my travels with you. As most of us are time poor, I keep writing to a minimum and give you links to locations where possible – if you’re interested, otherwise, enjoy the visuals!

Anyway, I hope you find something of interest in my Blog and if you do, please feel free to share your thoughts 🙂

Take care and thank you for stopping by 😊

Updated January 2016

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74 Responses to About Me

  1. maddy0290 says:

    hey Sonia… beautiful blog you have got here!! Wish I could travel as much as you do!!

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  2. I like your philosophy! I feel much the same way about beginning a new chapter of your life after raising your children.

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  3. tobyo says:

    how fun for you! I’m on that road but not quite there yet. kidlet needs to finish high school still. she starts next fall. wow….where’d the time go huh? anyway, nice to meet you fellow traveler 🙂

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    • I know! I feel as if I’ve been waiting for this time in my life for a long time. I know what you mean though about time going fast when you see your children growing up. The thing is you don’t see yourself ageing 🙂 Enjoy all of your travels and thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    • Brandie says:

      alanna if you dont tell yourself after that one i would be worried about you. after so many moves recently i hope you had the trasruees stashed at your parents house. that ferocious watchdog didnt scare them off?

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  4. Your U3A course sounds wonderful. Wish I could join it! Hope it’s going well for you and all you hoped for. Cheerio from CC

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  5. LaLindaArtStudio says:

    Isn’t it wonderful : )

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  6. Always lovely to stumble across blogs that are written by fellow Aussies 🙂
    Travel and photography (two things that go hand in hand) that we too love! Look forward to your future posts!! You have some amazing stuff on here!!

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  7. Haha! I love this! “One thing I’ve found since retiring; I don’t know how I found time to work!” Friends always ask me if I get bored, because I stopped working when I was 35, (I wanted freedom. To travel, to study, to do nothing, as long as I was free), and well…you know the answer to that, don’t you? 😀

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  8. This is a beautiful and inspirational blog. Keep up the great work – I look forward to reading more about your wonderful travel adventures! 😀

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  9. jacksonjc9 says:

    Beautiful blog! I look forward seeing more of your posts. Happy Travels

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  10. Hi Sonia, I just met you on photo101! I am soon retiring! Both my hubbie and I love to travel although he has been everywhere. I have an adventurous spirit so I will live vicariously through other bloggers’ photos (like yours!) until I can make the get-away! BEAUTIFUL photos, you are very talented! Looking forward to more!!

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    • Hi Terri, I bet you can’t wait to get-away:) It might not matter that your hubbie has been everywhere for every time you go to the same place, it never looks the same. Seasons and things changes making each visit different. Can’t wait to see where you go!

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  11. Inspiring images Sonia! I look forward to getting there soon.

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  12. Hi

    As soon as I saw the name of this blog I loved it before even reading it. You guys sure have taken full advantage as we hope to. What did you guys do before your retired and what allwoed you to retire early?

    In a few months, my wife Diane and I are trying early retirement due to an unexpected layoff from my crappy job exactly one year ago. We’re headed to Southeast Asia as soon as I reach the magical 50th birthday, the age when the financial requirements for the Malaysian retirement program become reasonable. Since we’re both kind of young,(Diane is 43) we chose an overseas destination because it’s more affordable.

    We love travel, want to immerse in other cultures and always had intentions of retiring young enough to experience the world while still young and fit enough to really enjoy it. With no kids and a 30 years wasted in a cubicle working the financial services industry, we saved and invested a nice chunk of change.(Diane is a Registered Nurse and salaries are good here in California).

    I recently started my blog ahead of our upcoming move and populated it with stories of our transition to early retirement and previous travels to places we researched as retirement destinations. I’m constantly scouring through other blogs with similar topics looking for new friends, contacts, ideas and advice. I’d love it if you check us out at http://www.experimentalexpats.com. and give us a follow or share if you enjoy my writing.

    We’ve never visited our intended destination (Penang) so our move is a real leap of faith. Anyway, I look forward to reading a lot more of your blog and thanks for sharing !!

    Best wishes
    Rob and Diane

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    • Hi Rob & Diane, Well you guys are streets ahead of us in that you’ve retired a lot younger than us. Mr Oz was 55! That’s pretty gutsy what you’re doing selling up and shifting sight unseen! I wish you well with the transition 🙂

      I’ve had a look at your blog and have reciprocated the follow as it’ll be interesting to see each other’s travels 🙂

      All the best to you both!

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  13. fredphillips says:

    Hi. Thank you so much for following my blog! I hope you find my natural approach to healing helpful, particularly as relates to recovering from the symptoms of Parkinson’s. And good luck with your blog!

    Blessings on your day!
    Fred

    PS .. I visited Estonia this summer! Love Old Town in Tallinn!

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  14. Sartenada says:

    You visited very near to Finland, the country which has so much to offer was it summer, autumn or winter. 🙂 Arctic Circle or World’s Biggest Snow Castle are must to visit when in Finland.

    Happy and safe travel!

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  15. Tee McDonald says:

    Hi Sonia and Gary, I’m really enjoying reading about your travels. Your pics are fantastic! Have passed along news of your progress to some of those U3A people at 500 and lunch club. So glad that you are having a great time, lots of love Tee xxx P.S. our bus trip to Tambourlaine had to be postponed due to the ‘weather’ we’ve had. It is now going to be in July. I’m still going to ask them about the organic wine for you. Guess you’ve heard all about the destruction in Newy. It will be a very long time before everything is cleaned up : (

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    • Hi Tee, thanks for passing on the info and also for looking up the organic wines for when we get back. Much appreciated! Glad you’re enjoying reading about our travels :)Take care soso

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  16. Emily says:

    Hi! I stumbled upon your blog by chance but I’m so glad – I love your attitude to life and travel!! I love photography, especially when travelling. I’m going to Italy next week and I can’t wait to take some photos there – like you, I love the Trevi Fountain and cannot wait to see it in real life 🙂

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  17. Hi Emily, I’m glad you’ve stumbled upon my blog 🙂 Travel & photography goes hand in hand, don’t they? I’m sure you’ll love Italy and the Trevi Fountain. I look forward to seeing your travels. Enjoy 🙂

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  18. Hi, I’d love to be in your shoes… I’m not so sure I’ll ever afford to retire, but I’ll certainly grab every single moment when not at work, to live my life to the fullest! Best to you!! ~SueBee

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  19. mmrli says:

    Love your blog. Your pictures are amazing. Want to be you when I grow up

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    • Oh, thank you – that’s a first!! 🙂

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    • Matilda says:

      Sans parler des obus à l&ousur;uraniqm appauvri, utilisés aussi contre les serbes. Mais l’amiante du 11 septembre va aussi faire des milliers de morts après d’atroces souffrances dans la population new-yorkaise. Ces soldats ont évidemment souffert lors de la prise de contrôle des territoires juste après le combat. Il se peut que dans quelques temps on regrette les bons vieux attentats suicide à la papa.

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  20. Sammy D. says:

    I read your comment on today’s Freshly Pressed post about a 5-year old’s birthday. Wasn’t that just the sweetest ‘one dot’ love from a Mother?

    I am a grandmother of a much loved granddaughter, and enjoy a few travel blogs with journeys like yours. Look forward to your adventures !

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  21. Hi Sammy, thanks for stopping by and the ‘Follow’. That WAS an amazing, well told encounter of a little girl turning 5. I have a stepson too and I feel exactly the same about mine 🙂 Precious gift…

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  22. Hi, Sonia, Thanks for visiting my blog and for the Follow. I like what you are doing here, it looks like you are traveling to some interesting places. I look forward to seeing more.

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  23. Wow very exciting! I lived in Saudi Arabia for 16 years!

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  24. bosveldnimf says:

    Wow – love to do this as well. Retiring and travel. Lovely photos on your blog! Im from South Africa and would love to travel the same as you.

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  25. Murray Foote says:

    Hi Sonia

    I am also retired, live in Australia, have a longstanding interest in landscape photography (also live music, wildlife and street photography) and have also visited seventeen countries since retirement (or at least I will have in two months) but we only have one destination in our lists in common and that’s Hawaii.

    Some great images from Western Australia in recent posts!

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  26. AnnaJ says:

    This is beautiful, happy traveling!

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  27. ellurbird says:

    Hi Sonia, so pleased I stumbled upon your blog, I love it! My dream is to travel the world one day but until then looking through all your amazing photographs and adventures will help to keep me going I think!

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  28. Hi Ella, I’m glad you stumbled upon my blog too. Look through as many travelling blogs as you can – it will help.keep the dream alive and gain momentum! 🙂

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  29. lspeng1951 says:

    Great interesting photographs make me follow your blog. Happy New Year 2016 from Penang, Malaysia.

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  31. Debbie L says:

    Rent a camper and tour the US!

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  32. Polomi says:

    Hi there….Please check my new Blog https://kitli-culture.com/ and feedback welcome!!

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  33. beautiful blog….. loved reading….

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  34. gaiainaction says:

    What a very beautiful and interesting blog, lucky me to find yours. Love your wonderful travel photography, may you have many more years of enjoying your retirement and fully living like you do so well. 🙂

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  35. Love your work, looking forward to seeing more 🙂 Have an incredible 2017.

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  36. Katherine says:

    I have used the canopy twice now at art fairs. It is very easy to set up (with two people), and looks very good. However something I did not know about these canopies is that they are NOT waterproof. When it rained during my first fair, the rain came right through the far0ic&#823b; So bring an extra tarp along.

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