I’am fortunate enough to be born and bred on the wonderful Sunshine Coast and happy to say that I’m still lucky enough to call it home today. Although back in the day when the opportunity arose to flee the beach for the big cities, I was off! After finishing school, I was invited to the South Australian Institute of Sport to join their elite badminton squad. Not that that was far away from home but it was enough to wet my appetite to what see else the world had to offer. Finishing up 2 years later, I hung up the racquet and moved to Sydney and worked in slide film photography processing. Little did I know that this move alone would shape my life forever. 7 years after living on Bondi Beach, the itchy feet feeling started again and before I knew it, I had a one way ticket to London, via Copenhagen. Expecting a 6 week short stop in Copenhagen to see one of my school friends, ended up leading to 2 years of living in Denmark, speaking enough Danish to get through and eating some foods that I could not even pronounce! London was eventually inevitable and it was film processing that took me there. Short listed to be part of a team to open a new state of the art processing lab in the West End, I once again jumped on a plane and was bound for ol’ blighty.
It was at the end of my time in London an opportunity arose to work onboard cruise ships. After a successful application, I was on a flight to Venice and then spent the next 10 years sailing the 7 continents of the world on P&O UK, P&O Australia and Princess Cruises
After almost 300 cruises over 10 years , it was difficult to remember where I have visited! From memory, below is a pretty close summary of the countries I was fortunate to visit.
Indonesia, Korea – South, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Japan, Maldives Thailand, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Brunei, India, Taiwan, Cape Verde, Egypt, Ghana, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Reunion, Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, Togo, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Costa Rica, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Panama, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guernsey, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jersey, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican City, Israel, Lebanon, Oman, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Canada, Greenland, Mexico, United States of America, Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Federated States of Micronesia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela &…….. Antarctica
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