Category Archives: Random

Freedom Haiku

It’s Fourth of July.
Let’s celebrate ‘Murrica!
Freedom ain’t free. Yup.

Enjoy your day off.
Eat hot dogs and hamburgers.
More blog posts next week.

Maui, March 2014. First Picture Taken on American Soil Since Leaving in January.

Maui, March 2014. First Picture Taken on American Soil in Months.

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So Random

We chuckle at anything Chris Lilley does. If you haven’t seen the TV show Summer Heights High, check it out. He perfectly captures Aussie teen girls. Though we have been in Oz for almost three weeks, we still laugh every time when we hear a gaggle of teen girls chattering away.

In the spirit of Ja’mie, enjoy this collection of Sydney photos and stories that are so random:

-On one semi-rainy day, we decided to check out The Star Casino. We were carded at the door by a jolly Aussie bouncer, and he asked whether it would be a compliment if he asked our ages. We both smiled, laughed, and pulled out our passports. This guy was shocked (shocked!) that Mike was American. Mike gave the guy a quizzical look, and the guy explained that he thought Mike was an Aussie. Clearly.

Opera House Up Close.

Opera House Up Close.

-We had heard about how good the Glebe Markets were. Since we were staying right by them, we wandered over there on a Saturday. For some inexplicable reason, we thought it was a food market. Nope. Instead it was a massive garage sale. Some of the stuff was new and not that expensive, but a lot of stuff was just junk. Hanna was pissed at the prices of the food that was on offer: $5 lemonade!

Git Yer Crap Here!

Git Yer Crap Here!

-On a Saturday night, we got off a ferry in Darling Harbour. Obviously this is where young people come for a big night out. We saw no less than ten bachelor and bachelorette parties. Aussie women take their hen nights very seriously: we watched one raucous group of fifteen women for about twenty minutes before they boarded their booze cruise. They all wore hot pink and black, and they had a special friend along with them. This special friend had a tendency to attack random passersby and provided a good chuckle to all.

Attack.

Attack.

-When we came to Australia on our last trip, we thoroughly enjoyed cheap ice cream cones at McDonald’s. We seem to remember that each cone was fifty cents, so imagine our shock when we discovered that the current price is thirty cents! THIRTY CENTS.  Needless to say, many a cone was consumed.

If Cones Are So Cheap, Why Are McFlurries Much Pricier?

If Cones Are So Cheap, Why Are McFlurries Much Pricier?

Now for your viewing pleasure, more random pictures:

Sailboat.

Sailboat.

Our View During a Reading Session in the Botanic Gardens.

Our View During a Reading Session in the Botanic Gardens.

Cruisin'.

Cruisin’.

We Rented a Studio Apartment in Sydney. Some of the Walls Were Chalkboards And Had Inspirational Quotes. We'd Bust Out a Random Quote From Time to Time.

We Rented a Studio Apartment in Sydney. Some of the Walls Were Covered in Chalkboards And Had Inspirational Quotes. We’d Bust Out a Random Quote From Time to Time. Hey Guys? “Dare to Live the Poetry.”

Bridge.

Bridge.

Koala.

Koala.

And Then There Was This Guy…

NSFW.

NSFW.

While wandering down Khao San Road to buy some books, we stumbled across this guy. We first saw him face-on, and please trust us: you don’t want to see that sight. He was around seventy years old and definitely fit the stereotype of a Khao San Road visitor. Apparently these are his only pair of shorts as we saw him again the next day. Hanna screamed out of delight, and she lunged into our daybag to grab the camera. (Please click on the picture and then zoom in for some hi-def butt wrinkles.) Her extreme excitement has led Mike to believe that she is leaving him for this beautiful creature.

Lazy Mike

A quick sign of how lazy Mike is…

When Hanna asked Mike what time it was, Mike Googled “time in Hong Kong” instead of looking at his watch a mere three feet away. Pure class. (To his credit, he knew that the clock on the netbook was wrong. Both the hours and minutes were off, and the date said 1/1/2002.)

#gottalovehim #meh

#gottalovehim #meh

Wait, Wasn’t It 80Liters.com???

We are currently making our way to Hong Kong. We took off at 1am this morning and land around 10am Monday. Why didn’t anyone tell us that it was a 33-hour flight??? It’s not like we will cross any time zones or anything. Since we will be traveling (and tired), you will be getting more pre-trip posts for the next few days until we get settled.

A very big hello to our new readers…all three of you. While you should know the ins and outs of our site by now (shame if you don’t), you may be wondering why our site is called EightyLiters.com. Rather than repeat ourselves, head on over here to read about the origin of the best blog in the world.

Hello too to all of our faithful diehards…all three of you. While you should know the ins and outs of our site by now (shame if you don’t), you may be wondering why our site ISN’T called 80Liters.com this time around. The truth is: Mike messed up. Since our last trip, he has renewed our domain name annually, and this year he just plain forgot. Whoops. By the time he realized it had expired, someone in China had purchased 80Liters.com, and we didn’t feel like shelling out the big bucks to get the domain name back. Don’t bother going to our old site because a) it makes us mad, and b) it’s a Nike outlet site in French that looks like a scam.

We debated switching our blog name altogether, but we still like Around the World in Eighty Liters. As you can tell by now, all we did was spell out the number. We were never in danger of losing all of our content because WordPress hosts it for free, but it’s just kinda annoying that our blog name is slightly different than last time.

Lesson learned: sign up for auto-renew for our blog.

The Opposite of Jenga

We don’t even know what the title of this post means.

Do any of our diehard fans remember when we were leaving for our trip back in 2010? Ah, we were younger, and some of us were not as grizzled. We stressed out a bit about packing, especially because all we had in our New York apartment was a single closet. We packed that thing to the gills.

Here’s what that closet looked like when we left New York at the end of November:

Little Bit Emptier Than Before...

Little Bit Emptier than Before…

How times have changed. The whole packing process really was not as bad as it could be. Usually we tend to procrastinate, but Drill Sergeant Hanna enforced a strict packing schedule. We donated a lot to the thrift shop nearby (enjoy our microwave that we weren’t supposed to leave there!), sold or gave away the majority of our furniture (our mattress and box-spring are the two exceptions), and packed up the rest. All of our worldly possessions were packed into the below crate:

The Price Is Right Models.

The Price Is Right Models.    Photo Credit: Jordo.

 

We are extremely relieved to say that everything made it cross-country. Though we won’t fully unpack until we actually find an apartment in Seattle in the spring, everything looks good so far. Even our non-flatscreen TV (complete with VCR!) made the trek in one piece.

Guess Who’s Back?

Sixth Avenue, New York.

Sixth Avenue, New York.

Some time has passed, friends.
Posting a haiku on here
only means one thing:

BLOG IS COMING BACK.
Domain has changed slightly, but
travel to start soon!