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Camper van...Done!

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After close to 3 weeks of shopping for the right van, Vanessa and I finally bought a camper van this past weekend for $3,650 with everything included inside. It was first listed at $4,500. We looked at probably about 7 or 8 others before we decided to buy this one. The setup is not too bad given the space it has but the engine runs pretty good so far and the second battery system (charge laptops, phones, lights...etc when car is turned off) is pretty amazing. We still need to clean up the van a bit and trying to be creative with the storage space we have since we have our climbing gears as well.

We could probably afford a more expensive van with bigger space and possibly a better setup but we choose to be cheap and use that money for more traveling hopefully. We still want to travel to New Zealand, Tasmania, and now possibly Bali.

We are moving out of our apartment this coming Saturday, June 1st, and move into the van to save rent money. Vanessa still have 3 more weeks of work before …

What a nut

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Yup. 8 months living in a tiny van with this crazy. 
Campervan shopping continue....

Uummm....

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Already been 2 full months since I have been in Australia. It's a whole new different travel experience/ style compare to the first 4 months where I was constantly moving to a different town/city every few days. Now, I feel more like I'm settling down where I have a proper living space to go back to at the end of each day. I am able to go grocery shopping to cook for myself because there is a kitchen I can use. There is a nice clean bathroom in the apartment with an awesome rain shower head. Almost feels like life being back home except I don't have to work. It's not a bad thing and it definitely feels a bit more luxurious.

Then there are times where I miss the dirty filthy backpacking lifestyle where I learned to expect the unexpected or having that uneasy discomfort feeling laying in a worn mattress in 90+F degrees inside a bamboo hut, finding a gigantic spider hanging out on the shower head or above your bed, or sleeping in the attic with 20 strangers from all diffe…

Sydney

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I have already been in Sydney (specifically a town called Belmore, South West of Sydney)  for a week now since last Saturday. Haven't really explore too much of the touristy places yet. Mostly the surrounding suburbs near where I live. A decent size population of Lebonness and tons of Asians. Korean/ Japanese restaurants in every corner but not worth paying $30 a meal.  
Next day on funday, I bought another crappy bike for $60 but a lot better than the last one. Everything are attached and no loose nuts or anything at least. I also joined a climbing gym($110/ month. Yikes) so I can get back to climbing shape before spending a month climbing at this place called Nowra, south of Sydney, starting sometime in the near future. 
Currently staying with my friend, Vanessa, that I met when I was climbing in Hong Kong 3 months ago. She's pretty much the main reason why I'm in Australia. Climbing and living out of a van are two good enough reasons for me to change my traveling plans.…

Byron Bay, NSW

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Spend a pretty nice relaxing week here in this little beach town. Realized that cooking in a hostel is quite annoying. The kitchen is always packed during breakfast, lunch, and dinner time but the hostel do provide everything you need to cook up a nice meal. It can definitely get pretty messy in there. Unlike SE Asia where you can afford to go out to eat every meal, here every backpacker prepare their own meals. But it seems like they spend quite a lot of money on beers and weed. Pasta and tuna is a popular dish or just plain pasta with tomato sauce. You see a lot of others preparing the same meal. Then there are travelers that are chefs back home and you would see them cooking up steaks, pumpkin beef stew, thai food...etc. Pretty impressive I must say watching them cook.

Other than that, nothing much happened this week. Hung out at the beach a lot and watched a lot of movies. Pretty awesome.

Taking a flight down to Sydney tonight.