Welcome to Carlen Family Traveling Blog portal from which Hans and Di Carlen will provide links to the various trips that we have done or will do.
First a pic to set the scene...
Here are we are in the spa of our motel in Rotorua, New Zealand, January 2011, during those pre-blogging days. Photo taken by Jeremy, Hans' son.
Now the blogs. We hope that you will enjoy our humble writing.
Trip in Progress...
The Gap Year (2013)
2013 is our "gap year" when we are travelling around the world. We like to call it "vagabonding in the western world" :-), as we focus on North America and Europe.
We flew from Sydney to Los Angeles on the 8 Jan 2013 and will fly back home to Sydney on the 7 Jan 2014 from Zurich via Bangkok.
Our schedule is/was something like this:
- US - 8 Jan to 6 Jul
- Canada - 6 Jul to 28 Jul
- UK - 29 Jul to 11 Oct
- 12 Oct to 20 Oct: Di: London, UK & Hans: Stockholm, Sweden
- Central Europe - 20 Oct to 5 Jan 2014
Oct-Dec (and Jan 2014): in progress
Note: As there is a limit of 100 posts per blog (and we are aiming for 1 post per day), we have created 4 blogs, divided roughly into one blog for each of the 4 quarters.
Australian Campervanning (NSW, South Australia and Victoria) (Oct-Nov 2012)
We borrowed Di's mum's campervan (thanks heaps to Audrey and Alan) and took off campervanning in the Australian states of New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria.
The main focus was to travel in the bush away from the coast, to places we hadn't been to before, to wine regions and to national parks for hiking.
We also visited family in Snowy Mountains and borrowed our dear neighbours Jim and Michel's apartment in Narooma for a few days.
Vietnam: Hanoi and surroundings (Aug-Sep 2012)
This was a short 9 nights stay in a small area of northern Vietnam; Hanoi, Halong Bay and Cat Ba. We also did a few day trips out of Hanoi.
China: HongKong, Guangzhou and Macau (Nov-Dec 2011)
This was a 2 weeks "triangular" round trip from HongKong to Guangzhou to Macau and back to Hongkong.
And now to something completely different...
Hans The Hiker...
A shameless plug for another blog, about Hans` Sydney hiking, which seems to be forever under development, but just in case that somebody may be interested (Ha!)