About my blog

Hans van Lint is AvL (Antonie van Leeuwenhoek) Professor Traffic Simulation and Computing at the Transport & Planning department, faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences. He's also director of education of the Msc TIL (Transport, Logistics and Infrastructure).

His other passion in life is music - check out the Dutch Genesis tribute band Squonk.

Links to Hans' profiles on Facebook and on LinkedIn!

Disclaimer

De meningen ge-uit door medewerkers en studenten van de TU Delft en de commentaren die zijn gegeven reflecteren niet perse de mening(en) van de TU Delft. De TU Delft is dan ook niet verantwoordelijk voor de inhoud van hetgeen op de TU Delft weblogs zichtbaar is. Wel vindt de TU Delft het belangrijk - en ook waarde toevoegend - dat medewerkers en studenten op deze, door de TU Delft gefaciliteerde, omgeving hun mening kunnen geven.

Posted in January 2009

2500 kilometers traveled in 10 days …

… and still, we (my wife Christine and I) have barely scratched the surface of all the wonderful things to see, do and experience in Australia. First the bare facts: Melbourne – Launceston – St Helens – Launceston (both Tasmania) – Melbourne and subsequently Bairnsdale – Nelligen – Sidney – Canberra – Beechworth and back to good old Melbourne in time for the fireworks at new years eve.

Our travels first led through some of the most pure unspoiled and oldest landscapes on the planet. Although unlikely, if there is one place where you wouldn’t be surpised if an iguanadon or T-Rex came wondering about from the bushes, it would be along some lagoon on the Tasmanian eastcoast.

Most people take road trips along the golden coast, from say Cairns to Brisbane or even further, to Sydney. That’s definitely on my list too. But for those who already did this, or ones who are interested in an equally beautiful and spectaculair alternative, travel from Melbourne to Sydney via the Victorian / New South Wales coast. Rain forests, national parks, tiny little communities with pittoresk guesthouses, and widescreen views of rocky outcrops and white sandy beaches. And at the end of the trip, there is Sydney …

… with its beautiful botanical garden, fantastic zoo, opera house, harbor bridge and also its line up of literally hundreds of eager Japanese in front of Gucci, Ferragano and Vuitton shops on Boxing day. Help! The pinnacle of consumerism, in line for 150 dollar bags which can only be used to to put more expensive stuff into. On Dec 27, via boring and rainy Canberra and – what a place! – authentic, beautiful and heart-warming Beechworth …

… it was back to Melbourne. Admittedly, Sydney has got the better zoo, the more impressive botanical garden and the best fireworks. But Melbourne has a more pleasant CBD with better bars and cafes, better soy lattes, it has better universities, better food in general, and most importantly, many more genuinly friendly people. I’m gonna miss this place! 

 

 

© 2011 TU Delft