Author Archives: Karen

Back to Life…..

We landed into Sydney on a dark Saturday night. Our first experience of the city was being ripped off in a taxi to our accommodation. We decided to stay in an AirBnB studio in Maroubra for our first two weeks. This would allow us to have our own space while we went in search of […]

One for the road

Our final stop in Melbourne was the Melbourne Museum, situated in the lush Carlton Garden. Only a short walk from our apartment in Fitzroy. The Melbourne Museum is a beautiful building designed by Denton Corker Marshall Architects. The construction was only finished in 2001. With the sun shinning on the beautiful building we captured some […]

Market Queen

Our penultimate stop for a wee while would be a little place in the state of Victoria. You may have heard of it before? It is called Melbourne. Located at the head of Port Philip Bay, Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city (behind their arch-nemesis Sydney!) With miles and miles of amazing Victorian-era architecture, an […]

West Is Best: Highlights of Western Australia

Our month in Western Australia had come to an end, it was time to pack up those rucksacks and bid farewell to Eilidh, Baxter and Misty the cat. We were both sad to leave but we had to head east. We absolutely loved our time in the west. Certainly Western Australia is under sold and […]

Lighthouse Family

It is not every day you climb the tallest lighthouse on mainland Australia and observe breathtaking views of where the Southern and Indian Ocean’s meet. Well it is if you work there, but we don’t 🙂 The lighthouse in question was in Cape Leeuwin – named after the first known ship to visit the area, […]

Red..Red..Wine!

After 7 months in Asia we had missed cheese, chocolate and wine. Thankfully we were in the best region of Western Australia to get our fix- Margaret River. There are 150 cellar doors – wineries in a 100km area. Enough to keep Gerry Finn merry! The region accounts 20% of Australia’s premium wine export. Not […]

Indonesia Highlights

Our month in Indonesia was a bit of a roller coaster ride, there were servals highs and unfortunately a few ‘not so’ high moments. We both fell in love with the Gili Islands, each of the three islands had its own character and charm. The temples and volcanos in Java were spectacular. Our experience in […]

Fire and Brimstone

Some moments stick in your head forever. Karen and I found ourselves alone,in the dark, surrounded by noxious Sulphuric Gas – 3km down inside the crater of a volcano. We had lost our guide, and everyone else. Wretching and coughing and struggling to see from the sudden increased waves of the gas – it was […]

Borobo-busy!!

If the temples in Java are brothers, then Borobodur is the Big Brother to Prambanan. Borobodur a buddhist temple dating from the 8th Century is a truly remarkable place, so unique. Which was the downside.. it would be busy. But we here at JKRoaming thrive on adversity. To get here we needed to charter a […]

Water Water Everywhere

Bali, the sunshine island. Surely it couldn’t be raining? Sadly it was. At least it was a travel day, we were off up the eastern coast to Amed. Putu our host had kindly offered to take us there via the water temple Tirta Gangga (‘Water of the Ganges’). The drive was uphill and took in […]

Highlights of Borneo

Ironically Borneo was the location we were thinking of sacrificing due to time constraints. After a fantastic two weeks we are both so glad we visited and wished we had stayed the whole month. Borneo has beautiful golden sandy beaches, some of the clearest blue waters we have ever swam in and not forgetting the […]

Everything And Anything A Cart can Unload…

Back in KK (Kota Kinabalu) after hitch hiking a mini van from Mount Kinabalu, there was only once place left to visit,the famous night market. On our 1st stop over we hadn’t been very adventurous in the evenings. However after meeting so many travellers who raved about the night markets we had to go check […]

Walk With The Animals – Jungle Walks

The other side of Mr. Aji’s coin was guided jungle walks. These took place in a part of the riverside jungle near our guesthouse. The first one was at night and we were accompanied by our Spanish friends. It was pitch black… We all had to have torches and keep close together. As we entered […]

Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

Taking some time out on Gili Trawangan (Indonesia) to remember the important things…

Date Night

Over the last 6 months we haven’t had many proper nights out. While in Singapore it seemed appropriate to have a good old date night. We headed for the Marina Sands Hotel no less to enjoy a few expensive cocktails and beers watching the sun set over over this fantastic city. We followed the tip […]