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Dec 1, 2015 - New Year's Day

I feel I MUST grasp the day! Last night was an eight hour marathon of waiting for the big event- sitting, walking, eating standing up, and stretching, but we all survived! Today' s highlight is the night-time Sydney Bridge Climb- I can't wait, but spend the day walking and taking in the unique atmosphere of Sydney, then took a train and bus to Bondi Beach.

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Aug 24, 2015 - Preparation done!

Mon 24 Aug 2015. Sydney All packed and ready to fly tomorrow. I'm taking my pack in the cabin (I hope!!) as I have no time for lost luggage, but the walking poles must go in the hold. Worried they would be damaged I've devised an egg carton principle protection and they are being carried in a sports bag that I hope to leave in the Paris hotel, for my return.

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Aug 20, 2015 - Salzburg. Yes the hills are alive with the Sound of Music

Salzburg is the first stop for our trip because Dai-ichi Life scheduled an executive conference here. There are about ten couples and the reason for Salzburg will surprise you. It surprised me. Salzburg is well known for its music and for being the home of Mozart and his family. It has the biggest Music festival in the world and sells 230,000 tickets for events over six week. We are here for the festival and Dai-ichi Life has a special place in the recent history of the city. More about that shortly. Salzburg is named after salt as is the...

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Averill and James

Aug 17, 2015 - Sydney by Foot

Arrived to Sydney airport at 20:30 (08:30 PM) on Saturday evening. Left Hawaii about 13:00 (1 PM) on Friday afternoon. Sounds like a REALLY LONG flight, but factoring in the time zone change, it was really 'only' 11 1/2 hours of flight. Hawaiian Air had very good service and food. Watched a couple movies, dozed off & on, and joined a LONG Immigration line. At first we're told to join the long line, but after 25 minutes, and about 50 feet of progress (150 feet / 50 minutes to go), an Australian Immigration officer asking questions of those...

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Aug 14, 2015 - Heading to Europe and the UK for 3 months

Well here we are again. A very busy month in Australia with time in Singapore for work, Perth for work and Noosa for a lovely mid Winter break catching up with friends. We are at Sydney airport leaving in an hour and going to Salzburg initially through Dubai and Vienna. We know a lot of people like to break these long trips but at present anyway we are happy to get there. The Trip to the UK and the USA was marvelous with a really enjoyable final week in New York. We cam back with Qantas. A 4 hour flight down to Dallas, Texas and then the...

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Averill and James

Aug 13, 2015 - What a beginning

WARNING. This is a very long introduction but I include it as I am sure that it will frame our trip and it shows how any misfortune can be transformed in either a positive or negative outcome depending on your attitude. In short, just think of the result that you want and not how to make it happen. And don’t panic. I know that I am a very careful person but on the train from Maitland to Sydney International airport I lost my new iPhone 6. It slipped out of the side pocket of my rain jacket but I just couldn’t find it. MW was in another...

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Jun 3, 2015 - London and the London Business School

Stayed in a nice small Hotel in Dorset Square between Marylebone and Baker Street stations. This was the site of the original Lords Cricket Ground but now covered in trees. We did a Lord Tours when we arrived. Beautiful day and very worthwhile for any cricket lover. Good to see Trent Boult and Kane Williamson up on the Lords Honours Board. All Cricket lovers in UK were really impressed with the NZ and England series. They loved the cricket and the spirit it was played in.

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Averill and James

Jun 3, 2015 - Travel to Exeter

We went to stay in Exeter for three nights with some friends who have lived there all their lives. Really beautiful area down West and the train trip was really good with beautiful views and lush green at the start of Summer. We were really impressed with Exeter and the beautiful little town called Topsham which adjoined it.

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Averill and James

Jun 1, 2015 - Depart from Sydney

Left at 4pm from Sydney heading to London via Dubai. Nice early dinner at Qantas Lounge. Stopped at Dubai after 15 hours and then after a walk around the terminal back onto the plane 90 minutes later for the flight to London. Arrived about 7am at Heathrow. We went to a phone shop in the arrivals hall after we got our bags and bought a WiFi device with a European SIM and data prepaid. We can now use WiFi anywhere and just use our phones for essential calls. Caught the Heathrow Express to Paddington and then by cab to our Hotel the Marriott...

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Averill and James

Apr 28, 2015 - sydney

26/4 Time to leave Canberra to head to the big smoke.Stopped for lunch at Picton then headed on to Rosemeadow. 27/4 Peter went to spend the day with his granddaughter. Anne & I went into Campbletown shopping after lunch. Peter arrived back around 8.30pm. He had had a good day. 28/4 Spent the day at Neill & Ann's. Neill played with our laptop to sort out a few problems we were having. We celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary tonight seeing we will not be there on the actual day. 29/4 We are heading to Canton Beach today for a few days.

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Apr 25, 2015 - Trip Expenses

South Africa 23rd March - 24th April 2015 Costs Air Fares Syd/Jbg/Syd. $1,143.78 Jbg/Cape Town. $ 184.47 Travel Insurance. $. 433.20 Money in Australia. $. 687.87 Cash $1,029.00 National Parks Pass. $. 312.27 Car Hire. $1,240.00 Petrol. $. 206.12 Accommodation. $1,959.95 Food. $. 554.01 Gifts. $. 373.87 Sightseeing. $ 182.22 Clothes. $. 151.80 Other. $. 38.01 TOTAL $8,496.57

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Apr 24, 2015 - Johannesburg to home

Thursday 23rd April/Friday 24th April 2015 Johannesburg to Sydney The flight from Joburg to Sydney was very smooth and took 11½ hours. We arrived in Sydney at 2:35pm and we didn’t have to wait too long for trains to get home. We arrived home safely at about 5:00pm.

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