Gabrielle George

Teenage Adventurer, World Traveler, Busker and Tramper
Melbourne to the start of the Te Araroa

Melbourne to the start of the Te Araroa

We walked down Great Nanna's road to the bus stop in the rain. Rex forgot his hearing aids and dad had to sprint back to get them. We're only at the end of the road and they've already started eating the food we'd packed, they have no self-control! It was a bit tricky to fit...

Three Days to go!

Three Days to go!

That's right, we've only got three days until we get on a plane and fly away to the land of the long white cloud! I don't really feel excited or stress - I think I still don't truly believe it's happening. Like really, we're going to walk the length of a country? Come on, pull...

Ultra-Light, Ultra-Cheap Sleeping Bags

Ultra-Light, Ultra-Cheap Sleeping Bags

My dad was so tight that he didn't want to buy proper, small and lightweight sleeping bags. My dad, the great shopper that he is, found ones that were only 19AUD and figured that they were good enough! And plus, he knows that I can sew. waaaaaaay too big Great, now mum and I...

Te Araroa Preparation

Te Araroa Preparation

After getting to Great Nanna's house, one of the first things we did was go open all the mail that we'd been getting sent to her house. This is all the stuff that she'd been getting in the mail and sticking in the back-room for us. No wonder she was threatening to start...

Alice Springs to Melbourne

Alice Springs to Melbourne

After a six-week placement at the Alice Springs Hospital, mum has finally finished her nursing degree!!!!!!!! We picked her up from the hospital right after she'd finished her very last shift and started driving. That night we had a small feast. Holli, Asha and I had cooked...

We’ve Just Booked in Walking 3000 km across New Zealand

We’ve Just Booked in Walking 3000 km across New Zealand

In November I'm flying out of Australia and into Auckland with the rest of my family. We're going to New Zealand to hike (or to use the kiwi term, tramp) the Te Araroa. The Te Araroa is a long-distance trail, stretching 3,000 kilometres (1,900 miles) along the length of...

The Henley-on-Todd Regatta

The Henley-on-Todd Regatta

Or should I just say the parade? The Henley-on-Todd Regatta is the only dry river regatta in the world and is the only regatta ever cancelled because of wet weather. The funniest thing is we didn't even want to go to start with. We were just going to stay at home and have a...

2075 km Through the Outback

2075 km Through the Outback

Mum got a nursing placement in Alice Springs so we needed to drive from Townsville to Alice. It's not far she said, only 2075 km (1290 miles). She's not the one squished in the back of the car with a half-broken seat. I'll give her not far (just remember mum, I get to choose...

Crocodile!

Crocodile!

Holli and Asha came sprinting back to the van after going for a run along the river and told us that they'd seen a Crocodile! We got the bikes out and rode the two Km to where they saw it as quickly as we could, me with the camera and Asha dinking Forrest. The croc was sunning...

My Ancestry and Photos of my Greek Family

My Ancestry and Photos of my Greek Family

Look what I found at nanna's house! Heaps of really, really old photos of my ancestors and relatives from when they were in Greece! This is my favourite one. The older boy next to the woman is my great grandfather Vlassios. The man driving the oxen is my great, great...

Busking in Townsville in Full Steampunk Costume

Busking in Townsville in Full Steampunk Costume

After persuading my mum to drive me to the Strand (Townsville's beach-front area) I found a suitable spot to busk and set up. A suitable busking spot is basically anywhere that has high pedestrian traffic. It was a bit blowy but not enough to be too much of a bother. Although,...

A Trip to Grant’s Picnic Ground to Feed the Birds

A Trip to Grant’s Picnic Ground to Feed the Birds

We went for a day trip from Nanna's house to Grant's Picnic Ground. The sulphur-crested cockatoos always swarm you and bully the smaller birds, but we tried out best to let some of the king parrots and rosellas have some seed. After feeding the birds we did a 500-meter...

Back in Australia!

Back in Australia!

After 8 Months and 3 days we're back in Australia Okay, this post is slightly late. We have been back for what, two months? But, no need to worry about such little details. It has been a bit of a shock to be back in Australia. One of the first things that I noticed was the...

Swimming, Coughing and Fever, Our Time in Johor Bahru

Swimming, Coughing and Fever, Our Time in Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru is the fourth largest city in Malaysia and the capital of the state Johor. It is just over the bridge from Singapore, and by extension, the Singapore Airport which made it a logical place to stop over for a few weeks. Unfortunately, we weren't able to enjoy the warm...

My Dad had a Tantrum

My Dad had a Tantrum

While I was practising on my violin today, in our small, two-bedroom apartment in Athens and playing Boulevard of Broken Dreams for the eight millionth time Dad stomped in and said, "My ears are bleeding, I know I'm meant to be supportive but please shut up!" We came to a...