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How to take a sabbatical year and hit the open road

“It was awesome !””

How I did it: At the beginning of December 2007, I sent word to a list I belong to and asked how many people would be willing host me in Australia. Some friends and people responded so I bought myself a ticket and flew to Sydney the day after X-mas day, where I was warmly and royally welcomed.

Lessons & tips: I stayed with  families and was provided with a much better insight into the culture and way of living than if I had stayed as a tourist at a hotel. I also used microblogging (Twitter) to arrange meetings with edubloggers at different locations.

Resources: As I was on the road for 40 days, hopping from place to place, a mobile phone, SMS and Twitter were very helpful.

It took me 1 year.

It made me unstress

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Princess




Princess

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I just love the colours shown on this picture and the composition of different lines

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The History of the Internet

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Auckland




Auckland

Originally uploaded by beewebhead.

On Monday evening we took the ferry back from Waiheke Island to Auckland and had a free morning to walk around. It’s a clean, dynamic and modern city, with wide avenues, tall modern buildings and vibrant colours.

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Baby Seal






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As the boat toured the islands, we kept our eyes open for animals. This is the only seal we saw, and notice how difficult it is to see it as its colour blends with the rocks behind.

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Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve






Originally uploaded by beewebhead.

These islands were inhabited by maoris in the past. You find a great number of caves and entrances. According to Jacques Yves Cousteau, they are one of the world’s 10 top diving areas.

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Getting Ready for the Boat Tour


Getting Ready for the Boat Tour

Originally uploaded by beewebhead.

After a business breakfast discussing an e-learning technology course for teachers, we went out for a boat tour around the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve , a breathtaking experience.

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