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The November Express 2012


All aboard!

The goal of The Monthly Express will be to get you from one month to the next in one quick and easy blog post. I’ll wrap up the best of the month, as well as give a rundown on upcoming news. Here goes!

The Indian Pacific train - All Aboard!

The Indian Pacific train – All Aboard!

1st Stop: November Blogging

Since I left Australia on November 14th, I didn’t get much blogging in for the month, but — I did get a few good ones. I think the funniest thing I’ve done in a long time would be the post about the best 13 cents we spent in Kyrgyzstan. Shhh, don’t tell Pat he’s on the blog… he gets weirded out.

Another good one is the post that summarizes some of the things that don’t mesh well in the countries of the Silk Roadistan tour.

If you like videos, then you might want to have a watch of my vlog on my biggest tip for the Australia de facto partner visa.

And, don’t forget, you can get a copy of my manifesto, Travel the World When You’re Not Rich, Fearless or Lucky.

2nd Stop: Weekend Snaps

I was hopeful I’d have these up this month, but time got away from me. Sorry dear readers!

welcame to kashigar

Welcame to Kashigar!

3rd Stop: Favorite Comments

In response to my post about saying heaps:

Oz taught me that there are three great words the US is missing; heaps, no worries, and keen. And I say uni instead of college all the time. Haha. So keep up the Aussie slang because I love it! (And one day I’ll live there again, this time longer than just a uni exchange program.)

-Katlin of Backcountry Katlin

In response to my post releasing the manifesto:

Thanks Brooke, just signed up to your newsletter and grabbed the manifesto. Very inspirational, just goes to show that for most people wealth and luck play no part in achieving dreams. It simply comes down to sheer determination with a good dose of planning.

-DanielW of Just Wandering

Best vodka ever?

Read the story about the best 13 cents ever.

4th Stop: Guest Blogging and Writing Elsewhere

See where else I’ve been writing on the Web. This is not a complete list:

Santa Fe Travelers:
Meet the Bloggers: Brooke vs. the World

Expats Blog
American Expat in Australia: Interview with Brooke Schoenman
I write several posts each month for Viator, which you can find most of right here in my profile. Check it out and learn about Australia.

5th Stop: What’s Hot on Facebook

This question: What would you do if money weren’t an issue?

Just hanging out - Honolulu Zoo.

Just hanging out – Honolulu Zoo.

6th Stop: BvtW News

I’m coming at you from San Diego, California! I’m hanging out with Beth and Randy of, and it’s been a blast. I had a great time at home in Peoria, doing some shopping and indulging in Thanksgiving. Next, I’m back to Hawaii where I’ll be shark cage diving and lapping up some more bits of paradise before arriving back in Australia.

And, once in Sydney, Pat and I move into a very nice new apartment, where we’ll be based for the next year. EXCITEMENT!

What’s news with you?


6 Responses to The November Express 2012

  1. santafetraveler December 3, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    So glad to be one in your Step 4! We loved having you do a Meet the Travel Bloggers interview for us.

    • Brooke December 3, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

      Thanks for asking! Glad to help 😉

  2. Ashley of Ashley Abroad December 3, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    Congrats on your new apartment!! And I have to say that the 13-cent vodka in Kyrgyzstan blog post was priceless. Just looking at it made me feel like I had taken a shot of straight vodka as well!

    • Brooke December 3, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

      Haha, glad you could have a drink with Patrick! I’m super stoked for our new apartment. We waited until we found one that made us happy — well mostly… price will never make us happy in Oz. 😉

  3. DanielW December 3, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

    Thanks for the mention Brooke 🙂

    I agree with Ashley, that pic of Pat is a true classic! Did make me giggle when I saw it, reminds me of the time I came back from Ukraine with a couple of litres of their infamous home made vodka (cамогон). It had a few of my friends reaching for the bucket, along with cries of “poison” and “pure hell in a bottle”.

    From what my friends in Ukraine told me, even the Russians come to Ukraine to get their vodka, as it’s considered the best – oooch!

    Great Vlog, I married my partner this summer after 2.5 years together, we are in the process of applying for a spouse visa here in the UK. The good news is we are here together, the bad news is it’s taking *forever* for them to process the damn documents, 6 months and still waiting. She can’t work and is bored at home, neither of us can go anywhere as they still have our passports. I was hoping to go to Ukraine this Christmas, with an extended stay in snowy Kiev, but without passports our plans have been totally thwarted 🙁

    If i recall, it took you two ages to get your Visa sorted?

    Congrats on getting your apartment together!


    • Brooke December 3, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

      Hey Daniel –

      Yes, it took a LONG time to get the visa sorted — 11.5 months. I actually just got permanent residency in Oz, which I’ll be blogging about soon. I feel for your wife and having to wait, but that’s awesome about the marriage!!!

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