About

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Relaxing in the heat of Marrakech, Morocco (2011)

A photography and travel blog geared towards independent travellers, and anyone with a passion for photography.

I love capturing the globe with words and lens! And when not travelling to exotic destinations, I’m based in Brisbane (Australia), working as a Technical Writer and freelance Photographer.

Photography

My intrigue with photography started at a young age using a 110mm film camera (remember those?) – I was addicted!

Working in an Old Time studio for a couple of years shooting everything on an old Hasselblad Flatbed camera, I saved enough money for my year away from Australia.

Travel

With a lust to travel, I donned my first backpack in 1985 and spent about a year backpacking around the world solo.

Met loads of other travellers along the way whilst exploring Africa, Europe, Britain, Egypt, India, and a first quick taste of Thailand.

Travelling by bus, train, boat, and hitchhiking, cemented forever my passion for travel and photography. Although I travelled independently, a 21-day Topdeck tour made sure I didn’t miss the main sites in Europe.

Abu Simbel, Nubia, Egypt, Africa
Abu Simbel, Nubia, Egypt (1985)

Life at Sea

Apart from local and global overland travelling, I’ve been a part of building (from plans) a Roberts 28′ Motor Sailor and launched ‘Naiad’ in the Hawkesbury River (NSW).

Motored Naiad to Sydney for work and to finish her fit-out, which took another 4 years, on top of the initial 5-plus years to launch. Set sail bound for Brisbane (Queensland), meandering up the coast for 6 months and also lived up and down the coast for years.

This part of the Australian East Coast has some of the best and most pristine cruising grounds in the world, especially the Great Barrier Reef.

During this time, we extended Naiad to 34′ and lived on her for 20 years in total, until deciding we needed a bigger boat.

Sailing, Whitsundays, Australia
SV Naiad – Whitsundays, Australia (2005)

Flying to USA in 2008 to buy a Catalina 47′, after only looking at 3, we settled on ‘Reality’ – already hauled out and winterised in Long Island (NY).

Sailing, Long Island, NY, USA
Reality under snow and mastless – Long Island NY (2008)

After trucking Reality to Miami by road, a fit-out for ocean passages, we finally set sail down the Miami River and then Florida, which took 3 months rom buying Reality to leaving the US.

Leaving Florida, we sailed for Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and almost due south in the beautiful Caribbean Sea to Bonaire.

Sailing, Dominican Republic, Central America
Dominican Republic (2008)

A short sail to risky Venezuela to explore this spectacular country for a while, then onto Curacao.

Sailing, Los Roques, Venezuela, South America
Concentrating whilst underway in gorgeous Los Roques, Venezuela (2008) Photo: Colin Palmer
Sailing, Los Roques, Venezuela, South America
Los Roques, Venezuela (2008)

I love the sea and always feel at peace on the water; especially during night watches, when a backdrop of a million stars kiss the horizon, fusing the world together – magic!

Back in Australia

During the 2011 Brisbane floods, I lived on Reality on my own, which was scary. Although with the help and support from close friends, all went well and Reality made it through safely.

floods, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Flood waters – check out white and blue fenders on right timber awning, marks how high the river rose (Photo: Peter Cawdron)

Taking off again

Restless in one place, saw more travel over the years to SE Asia and returning to Europe, but on longer trip of 10 months to Morocco, USA, and South America.

Chalalan, Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Chalalan, Madidi National Park, Bolivia (2011) Photo: Neil Lintern

An extended journey

Leaving Australia again in March 2014 and landing in Singapore without a real plan, travelled through SE Asia for over 10 months.

Crossing overland borders through Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand, the only flight was into Myanmar (Burma) from Thailand, as border crossings were closed or only granted a 15-day travel visa, at the time. From Thailand, crossed overland to Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam taking our time to experience each country.

Konglor, Laos, SE Asia
Konglor, Laos (2014)

The rough plan after a couple of months in Vietnam was to do the Trans-Siberian through China, Mongolia, and Russia over many months and possibly a year or so. Sadly, the visas were too short, too expensive, and too difficult to obtain once outside of Australia. If you’re doing a short trip or organised tour, then a visa isn’t a problem.

So, a quick change of plan and onto Eastern Europe…during the bitterly cold winter! Arrived in Estonia in January then travelled by bus and train through Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland.

Australians can only stay 90 days within a 180-day period in Schengen-agreed countries – as of today, that’s 26 EU countries. Sadly, I had to leave again, after 3 months.

From Poland, we flew to the UK for a while but I did have a short 6-day stay back in Australia. Whilst there, a wonderful 2-week sailing trip in Fiji saw me catching up with friends that I hadn’t seen in years, before returning to the UK.

Motorhoming

Buying a 1997 Fiat Ducato Motorhome (Reg) in the UK to experience some of England’s beautiful corners first, before driving through France, Spain, and Italy for 3 months.

motorhome, Burton Bradstock, UK, camping
Freshwater Beach Holiday Park, Dorset

An amazing time and a comfortable way to travel whilst meeting loads of like-minded travellers.

Don Khong, Mekong, Laos, SE Asia
Don Khong, Mekong River, Laos (2014)

Once again, I have to leave the Schengen area and return to the UK.

How to fill in 3 months before returning to the EU?

Volunteer with FED again, of course.

FED is the same NGO in Thailand that we volunteered with for almost two months, back in 2014. This time we’re helping out for 3 months.

More time in Europe

During the past years, the desire to obtain Italian Citizenship grew even stronger, but this would always prove difficult.

Instead, another trip to Australia end of 2016 to request a 12-month Italian Residency Visa, then back in Italy, I submitted another request for permission to stay. Some 5 months later, my physical residency card arrived.

Now that I have this card and with a base in southern Italy, I can finally relax and soak up the wonderful Italian culture and connect with relatives, have fun with new wonderful friends.

So, stay with me and leave me a comment now and again, so I know you’re still out there to read my next adventure!

Meanwhile, a quote by the Roman satirical poet Decimus Junius Juvenalisthat resonates…

The noiseless foot of time steals swiftly by, and ‘ere we dream of manhood, end is nigh.

Enjoy!

Nilla

Want to send me on a trip? Email at Nilla’s Photography to discuss.

See my global travel images at Nilla’s Photography, visit my Facebook page, or read more posts on Image Earth Travel.

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    1. Haha, I definitely haven’t written you off! I’m inspired by all your adventures you’ve had so far and look forward to hearing about the ones that you are yet to have 🙂 I was having a browse yesterday and just searched under travel in the reader and your ‘Why do you travel?’ post was the first on the list – it grabbed me immediately!

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  1. Hi Nilla, Wow! What an amazing life you’re living. That’s fantastic. There must be very few corners of the globe that you haven’t explored. You are the definition of intrepid. As a kindred spirit, I’m looking forward to reading so much more. All the best, Terri

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    1. Hi Terri, thank you for you wonderful words!

      I think I’m destined to roam this earth until I can no longer…and then I hope that someone will be kind enough to wheel me around! 🙂

      There are so many corners of the world that I haven’t seen yet as I’ve only travelled to just over 60 countries. Too many more to go and only a lifetime to do it all in – I don’t do the checklist thing and try to stay a while in each country.

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    1. Thank you! I saw her on her porch whilst riding past on the back of a motor bike (scooter) and had to stop.
      Look forward to reading more of your travel posts!. 🙂

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    1. Always pays to check, especially as Australians can only stay in Schengen countries (about 26 I think) for 90 days then we have to exit for 90 days.

      When I first travelled through Europe in 1985, Schengen didn’t exist, so at each border, passports were checked.

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  2. A very nice “about”. 🙂 I can’t believe that Australians are limited to 90 days in Schengen. Another example of our (European) stupidity… Well… flying to Singapore in a few hours. That should be interesting. Any recommendations?
    Buon Natale

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    1. Thank you! I keep adding to this page so it’s getting a little long.

      It’s a problem for Australians, Americans, Canadians, and I’m not sure of the other countries. If you want to read more on the pain as an Australian in Europe, then check my Citizenship post out…but make sure you have a glass of wine.

      I like Geylang the Red Light District in Singapore, for it’s vibrancy, seediness (but not bad really), and cheap great food.

      Enjoy your stay in Singapore, but be careful as it’s quite pricy for accommodation and entry to museums, etc. Going anywhere else in SE Asia?

      Have a great Christmas and a fantastic 2018! 🙂

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    2. We spent 3 days in Singapore. Airbnb. Cool. We are now in Penang. Then we will go to ko lantah, bangkok, angkor, back to singapore. Then back home. 3 weeks overall. Nice so far. I’ll try to check your post.. be good. 😎🇫🇷

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    1. Ha, ha, yeah I wouldn’t believe it until your daughter stays for at least a couple of months!
      I intend to keep travelling until I can’t do it any more…then might take a campervan/motorhome around Australia. 😉

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  3. I am passionate about photography. I used Zenza Bronica 6×6 photocamera and I love b/n photo….
    You’re very clever, compliments!
    I don’t read your name… have I to call you “Mrs x”?? 🙂
    have a nice day

    (thanks for your comment to my post)

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    1. Hi Antonio!

      Thank you for the kind feedback.

      Photography is also my passion and apart from my Nikon D600 camera, I still use several film cameras. I still love film!
      My name is Nilla and hope you’re having a great weekend. 🙂

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  4. Hi, I have just come across your photography site, it looks fabulous. You have certainly seen lots of the world, how wonderful. I am kind of jealous that you’re travelling right now LOL. I will enjoy reading about your adventures to come 🙂 xx

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    1. Hi, always more of the world to see… 😉

      Thank you for checking my other site out! It’s quite dated now and the reason I’m building my new one as we write.

      I don’t have all my Galleries on that site. I stopped loading photos to Nilla’s Photography because of the new site. Back in 2013, I scanned 4,000+ negs and slides; and still need to sort these countries out for my new site. 🙂 x

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  5. Across your images is evident your love for travel, photography, composition and humanity. It’s quite complete the way you share not only your travels but the tools for other travelers. Thanks very much and kind regards from Peru. 🙂

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    1. Very cool! I’m about 11 months behind with posts; just have everything in Word. I will publish another one on Italy today/tomorrow.

      Travel is in my DNA, as is photography! Love your recipes by the way and look forward to trying out a few. 🙂

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    1. Ha, ha try to be!

      Traveling is my drug. Over the last 30 years, I only stop travelling to work for funds!
      I have so many posts and photos to upload yet as I’m about 11 months behind on this current trip. So, stay with me and I’ll try to bring you some sunshine on those dark rainy days! 😉

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    1. Thank you and glad you like following my travels! I’m very behind with posts as I’ve been on the road for over 27 months.

      I love your blog also and only wish I could look as stunning whilst travelling as some of the women in your posts! 😉

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    1. Thanks for your kind feedback and glad you like my blog!

      I still have many countries to upload. Great to catch up with you again; it’s lovely and sunny here in Spain…for now. x

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  6. Wow! I didn’t realise you had a blogsite too (as well as Nilla’s Photography). Your posts are fascinating. Needless to say the photography is amazing but I already knew that. And I’m always glad to see my little old Laotian lady (above). 🖖🏼

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    1. Thanks Gail! I had a blog site with Matador Community for several years but last December, everyone was told they had one week to move or lose all blogs, so I had to build this WP site. I’ve linked my WP site from within my Nilla’s Photography also.

      I’m very behind with my posts and uploading to my photo gallery as the internet is not always the best but also because I’m busy travelling – into the 19th month now! 🙂

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    1. Congratulations on your award and many thanks for nominating me for Liebster; I’m very honoured!
      Sorry for my late response but I was away for almost a month. A fleeting 6-day visit to Brisbane (Australia) then onto Fiji for a couple of weeks’ sailing on my friends’ boat, but not much wi-fi. To top it up, I’ve just gone over to the dark side and bought a MacBook Air so madly transitioning all my work over; it’s not a smooth transition from Windows! Thanks again!

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    2. You are welcome! I hope you enjoyed your trip, it sounds amazing! No worries about the award, I just wanted to let you know that I enjoy reading your blog 🙂 and good luck with getting used to your new system, it is always hard 😦 Have a nice day and thanks for your comment!

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