Easter has mostly been one of those holidays for which I rarely had firm plans. As it happened this year, I found myself in Byron Bay, in northern New South Wales, Australia. Its natural setting makes it one of the most beautiful places in Australia, and its people make it one of the happiest, “hippiest” places on Earth (more on that in another post).
As it turns out, Easter is a huge weekend in Byron with everyone on holidays visiting, and the Byron and East Coast Blues and Roots Festival on. “Bluesfest,” as it is known, is a massive music festival, and one of the very best I have ever attended. This year happened to be the 25th anniversary of the 5-day event, and featured headliners such as Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews Band, Erykah Badu, Jeff Beck, the Doobie Brothers, Gregg and Devon Allman, Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr., Ian Butler Trio, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Joss Stone, and so on, as well as dozens of smaller acts. In the past they have had a who’s who of names (King, Simon, Plant, etc.) Since I was there, I had to get a ticket!
Continue reading Beating the Easter Blues: Bluesfest Byron Bay
One thing I have learned to do over the years is take advantage of weddings to travel when I can. It’s a relatively easy excuse to get time off from your boss: “I don’t want to miss work, but one of my best friends is getting married.” On top of that, weddings are fun. It’s nice to see different parts of the world and it’s fun to see your friends get hitched, eat, drink, and be merry. And no one is ungrateful you traveled a long way to attend. New York to Sydney? Piece of cake.
Continue reading Sydney, Australia: The Destination Wedding, a Great Excuse to Travel