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About TET Life

The Extraordinary Tourist Life Blog began in 2004 as a personal journal of my online activities relating to my work as an artist of whimsical character paintings.

Over the years it has become a place to write about all my interests morphing into the magazine style blog format you see today. Hence the title The Extraordinary Tourist Life.

Who Am I?


Online I am known as TET or 'The Extraordinary Tourist'. My real name is 'David Arandle'. Currently based in Gawler, South Australia, I'm a artist, writer, animator, video producer, entrepreneur, and skateboarder.

I'm a firm believer in monetizing things that you enjoy doing so that you never have to work a day in your life. That can mean anything from turning your hobbies into a business to working for someone who has already successfully monetized something you enjoy and wants to work with you to make it even better.

If you would like to know more about me and my work visit my business website Art Time Productions.

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Wrong Way Already: A Road Trip Across Southern Australia

In 2007 I wrote a travel diary, Wrong Way Already, where I documented my sister and I's road trip across southern Australia. We travelled from Adelaide (SA) to Broken Hill (NSW), and then all the way to Perth (WA).

Not just a travel diary of the places we visited, the book also forms several narratives as we hunt down an elusive statue, and retrace the journey our family took in 1978, relocating from Whyalla (SA) to Perth.

Wrong Way Already is available as an ebook or as a paperback book from Lulu.com

Do You Like Animation and Video?

Me too! I like animation and video so much that I write a whole other blog focussed on my animation work along with reviews of animation tools, tutorials, and more. Check it out at Animation and Video Life.

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