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Sep 7, 2016 - Dad's Heritage

Wow! What a great day. We started late (after a really good, much needed sleep) - at 8am. Janine and Luke started about three hours earlier with a 6km jog around the Glasgow streets. Breakfast ... was at McDonalds (located right next door). Then we split up so Janine and Luke could go and buy some new footy boots (which they did ... check them out in the photo). Mum and I found my lost phone (in the car, thank goodness) and spent some time around the motel. Once we all met up again we took a drive to the site of the Rottenrow Maternity...

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Luke's Football Tour

Sep 6, 2016 - We made it to Glasgow

Boy, oh boy, that was one long plane trip. We are currently adjusting to the time change but as I type its 6.30pm here and 3.30am there and we feel like we've been awake forever!!!! The first plane trip was on an airbus and even though we didn't have an aisle seat (so mum could get out and walk around) nor were we sitting all together (Janine and Luke were on the other side of the plane a couple of rows behind us) it was very spacious and quite an enjoyable trip ... albeit 14 hours in length with very minimal sleep. The two hour stopover...

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Luke's Football Tour

Sep 5, 2016 - Leaving from Sydney

Day 1 of our holiday has begun. Janine and Luke left from Wollongong and Mum and I flew from Port Macquarie. Our flight was excellent ... so smooth and quick. We all met up at the International Terminal ready for our 9 pm departure. We are just about ready to depart. Let's hope the next flight is as good as the first leg!!

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Luke's Football Tour

Jul 21, 2016 - Rest of Italy and stunning Croatia

Hello everyone We are Dubrovnik as we write this and we wrap up our tour of Croatia tonight. Tomorrow we have our own free day in the city and then on Saturday we have a trip about an hour north, across the Bosnian border and then back into Croatia and into little Drvenik, the town where James’s grandfather lived until a teenager. The trip is running fast and we have had a great time. Very sad about the 14th July fatalities and injuries in Nice. In Croatia there is very little sense of these issues. This is not quite mono cultural but after...

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Averill and James

Jul 13, 2016 - The Decision

Well I've made the decision finally to take the leap its been something on my mind for a long time so rather than just do one leap im going to do to. Firstly im going to start my travelling journey first stop is Sydney second is a possible little nip tuck to start my trip off crossing off two life dreams. June the 27th i land. Aug the 8th i have my first job consultation. Im pretty excited as its something ive always wanted and im 100% sure but still pretty nervous. But after that and a small recovery period im going to see Sydney!! Where...

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Jul 3, 2016 - Italy

Italy Hello everyone from a beautiful and very hot Italy. We have been here about two weeks. We flew into Rome on 16th June via Doha and we can recommend Qatar Airlines. Very good service from Singapore. We arrived that evening and stayed two nights in Rome itself. We spent our free day in Rome walking through backstreets and zig zagging across the city. We wanted the exercise as we had been at the Singapore Conference and then on the flight. It is good to get out in the sun and acclimatise. We enjoyed a really special dinner in a rooftop...

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Jun 19, 2016 - Singapore

Singapore We know most of you have travelled to and some have lived in Singapore so rather than describe it we will look at both history and some recent events. Singapore certainly punches well ahead of its weight. At little over 7 million population overall some 38% of people are on time dependent visas. They are working in Singapore for specific periods. The major cities in the region all want to emulate the success of Singapore. It has really taken the mantle now as the hub of the region. Down the West Coast of Malaysia are the straights...

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Jun 11, 2016 - Economy Class - back where we belong

We'd checked in online the day before, so after a short taxi ride from home, no queuing at the baggage drop off and breezing through security we were on the other side..... Finally, a taste of how the other half live. This is the first time we used the American Express lounge at Sydney Airport. Our once in a calendar year access included free food and drinks, comfy lounges, high speed internet and a chance to feel a little bit special before joining the other plebs boarding our overnight Cathay Pacific flight to Hong Kong, in economy...

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Jun 10, 2016 - Flight home to Sydney

Thursday 9th June/Friday 10th June 2016 Istanbul, Turkey to Sydney, Australia Had breakfast for the final time in our lovely hotel in Istanbul, then did a final pack for our trip home. We were picked up at about 10:30am and dropped at the airport, checked in uneventfully and waited for our flight. The first leg of the flight to Abu Dhabi was full, mainly with guest workers returning home to India. It was a pleasant flight with the only event being when the man sitting next to Lynn (on his way to visit family in Nigeria) accidentally...

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Jun 9, 2016 - Vietnam

Hello everyone We have set off for 8 weeks to Asia and Europe. We get back to Sydney on 24th July. Some of this trip is business with the International Insurance Society Conference in Singapore from the 11th June till the 15th. We have not been to Vietnam before but James has an involvement in a life insurance business here. Our personal interest in Vietnam is leisure but we spent one day with senior executives of the local company in Vietnam and that was both interesting and enjoyable. We shared lunch at a really interesting authentic...

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May 15, 2016 - A Quick Trip Home

Hi Everyone On our way back to Sydney to get some new seating for the van we drove through Bathurst and could not resist the urge to drive around Mount Panorama (for those of you who are not Aussie's Mount Panorama is a famous race track but as its a street circuit it is a public road when there is no racing). So imagine us lined up on the grid in pole position with our 4.5 tonnes, 7 metre long motorhome, ready, steady and we're off driving at the manic speed of 60Km an hour – oh the rush!! There are some amazing views of Bathurst as the...

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Our Aussie Adventure

Apr 23, 2016 - On our way

How lucky we were today. Our house sitter Jeff gave us a lift to the airport. Disappointing in the duty free as there were no tastings on offer. We are looking forward to our trip, first to Turkmenistan. We have a long flight ahead of us from Sydney to Abu Dhabi then to Istanbul then to Ashgabat in Turkmenistan. We will get there eventually on Monday.

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